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These agencies can arrange a car and driver for local sightseeing or help make long-distance travel arrangements.
Ashok Travel and Tours (ITDC) (3 G Everest building, 46 C J. L. Nehru Rd., Central Kolkata, Kolkata, West Bengal. 33/22909298 or 33/22880901.)
Mercury Travels (Everest House, 46C Chowringhee Rd., Central Kolkata, Kolkata, West Bengal, 700071. 33/66268400. www.mercurytravels.co.in.)
Thomas Cook (378 Lake Gardens, Prince Anwar Shah Rd., South Kolkata, Kolkata, West Bengal. 33/6454–2160.)
Calcutta Walks. Half- and full-day walks with this company start at Rs. 2,500 for a minimum of two people. The company also organizes boat rides, bike tours, and stays in old houses with interesting stories that evoke the true spirit of the city. Contact them via email. 9A Khairu Pl., Central Kolkata, Kolkata, West Bengal, 700072. 9830184030. www.calcuttawalks.com.
The most interesting tours in Kolkata are the walks through various neighborhoods led by the Foundation for Conservation and Research of Urban Traditional Architecture (CRUTA).