First Time Tourists Guide in Kolkata

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The city has an area of 205 kmĀ².

Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) is the capital of India's West Bengal state.

Bengali and Gujarati is the most spoken languages in the city.

Macher jhol is the authentic food to eat in Kolkata.

There are 5.30288 Million people live in Kolkata.

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SIGHTSEEING

Dakshineswar Kali Temple is a Hindu navaratna temple, built-in 1855 by Rani Rashmoni. This temple is famous for its relation with Ramakrishna, a mystic of 19th Century Bengal. Here, you will see a 9-spired main temple with a big courtyard in the temple and rooms along the walls. There are also 12 shrines dedicated to Siva. You can also enjoy the view of Dakshineswar Lake. This temple is open every day from 5 AM until 8 PM.

Dakshineswar Kali Temple

One of the most beautiful Kali temple with a Serene and peaceful environment

Address : Dakshineswar, Kolkata, West Bengal 700076, India

DOWNTOWN

Victoria Memorial is a big marble building in the city. This memorial located on the Maiden, the bank of Hooghly River.
This site was built in 1906-1921, dedicated to Queen Victoria. Now, it becomes a museum and tourist destination. The interiors inside are still maintained and stunning as ever. If you want to visit, you can come between 10 AM and 5 PM.

SHOPPING

Gariahat Market is a busy market in the city. This market is famous for its affordable local handicrafts for souvenirs. Here, you can buy sarees, dokra craft, or terracotta. Also, come to Dakshinapan Shopping Complex. It is a shopping center on Garihat Road. This place is good for buying local stuff to take home.

Gariahat Market

it is the perfect place for shopping of cheap clothes

Address : 212, Near, Rash Behari Ave, Golpark, Ballygunge Gardens, Gariahat, Kolkata, West Bengal 700019, India

Dakshinapan Shopping Complex

Pretty Good Shopping arcade in South Kolkata

Address : Near, DHAKURIA bridge Dakshinapan, Dakshinapan, Jodhpur Park, Kolkata, West Bengal 700068, India

FOOD & DRINK

You shouldn't miss Kolkata's typical food. You must try macher jhol, a spicy curry contains fish, potatoes, and tomatoes. This typical food is cooked with local seasonings. You can get this food at any local restaurants around the city. Don't forget to try kosha mangsho and mishti doi too. Both are very popular traditional dishes in Bengal.

CULTURE

People in Kolkata are so friendly. Most of them speak the Bengali language, but some of them also speak Gujarati, Oriya, Urdu, and Tamil. The majority of the people are Hindu. For arts, the city is famous for terracotta slabs and metal works. Also, Kolkata has Durga Pooja as the biggest carnival in the city.

BEST TIME TO VISIT

The best time to visit Kolkata is between October to February. It's when the weather is perfect to explore the city and there will be so many festivals that worth your time.

HOTEL

The first hotel recommendation in Kolkata is the Oberoi Grand hotel. This hotel has unique colonial-style prints and wood furniture in every room. This hotel is only an 11-minute walk from the Hooghly River and 3 kilometers from the Victoria Memorial. You can also book a room at The Astor. The hotel has an old colonial style with comfortable rooms. It's just a 9-minute walk from Maidan Metro Station. So, the guests will have easy access to other destinations by riding on a train.

The Oberoi Grand

Excellent location, in the middle of action

Address : 15, Jawaharlal Nehru Rd, Esplanade, Dharmatala, Taltala, Kolkata, West Bengal 700013, India

The Astor

Good place to stay

Address : Near Nightingale Hospital, 15, Shakespeare Sarani Rd, Kankaria Estates, Park Street area, Kolkata, West Bengal 700071, India

RESTAURANT

Oh! Calcutta is a Bengali restaurant you must visit. It serves delicious local cuisines in a cultural space. The popular food options in this restaurant are hilsa and bhetki. You should also try dining at 6 Ballygunge Place Restaurant. It has an all-you-can-eat style with authentic options. Daab Chingri is a typical cuisine that is worth a try.

Oh! Calcutta

great place with gorgeous food

and beautiful ambiance

Address : Forum Mall, 10/3, Elgin Rd, Sreepally, Bhowanipore, Kolkata, West Bengal 700020, India

6 Ballygunge Place Restaurant

this is the main branch of this iconic restaurant chain

Address : 6, Dr Amiya Bose Sarani Rd, Ballygunge Place, Ballygunge, Kolkata, West Bengal 700019, India

CAFE

Go to Artsy - Coffee & Culture to chill out or read books. This cafe has a unique design and delicious foods, especially the chicken menu and hot chocolate to complete your day. Also, this cafe provides books free to read. Another recommended cafe is The 10e cafe. This is a simple and artsy cafe, a perfect spot to hang out with your travel buddies. Don't forget to try its tasty charmula chicken.

Artsy - Coffee & Culture

It is a beautiful cafe

Address : Ground Floor, 230/B, Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Rd, Minto Park, Bhowanipore, Kolkata, West Bengal 700020, India

The 10e cafe

A lovely place to be for evening snacks and beverages

Address : Hunger Ford Street, 10E, Hungerford Street, Elgin, Kolkata, West Bengal 700017, India

BAR AND NIGHTLIFE

Enjoy your night at OlyPub. It has a simple and friendly atmosphere with various drink selection. There are bar games too. Also, this bar is popular for its beef steak and chicken Kyiv that you must taste. You can also come to Monkey Bar. It's a fancy bar in a cozy space Serving fantastic foods, like khichdi or butter chicken menu. The bar also has a great manga drink.

OlyPub

This place offers a variety of continental and Chinese cuisine

Address : 21, Park St, Taltala, Kolkata, West Bengal 700016, India

Monkey Bar

One of the few restaurants of Kolkata with rooftop seating

Address : 901A, Fort Knox, 6 Camac Street, Elgin, Kolkata, West Bengal 700017, India

INTERESTING PLACE

Indian Museum is a cultural landmark in Kolkata. This elegant site was built in 1814. It's the oldest museum in India. So, don't skip this museum to experience the classic vibes. Inside the site, you will see rare collections of antiques, fossils, skeletons, and Mughal paintings. Also, come to Kalighat Temple. It's an interesting site, dedicated to Hindu Goddess Kali. This temple is located on the Adi Ganga canal's banks.

Indian Museum

one of the Oldest in India and also one of the biggest

Address : 27, Jawaharlal Nehru Rd, Fire Brigade Head Quarter, New Market Area, Dharmatala, Taltala, Kolkata, West Bengal 700016, India

Kalighat Temple

one of the oldest temples that stands in the heart of Kolkata

Address : Kali Temple Rd, Anami Sangha, Kalighat, Kolkata, West Bengal 700026, India

INSTAGRAMMABLE SPOT

Howrah Bridge is a nice spot for taking pictures for your Instagram feed. This bridge was built in 1943 on Hoogly River in West Bengal. You'll get the view of the lights of Howrah Bridge, the river, and the city too. Another Instagramable spot is the Birla Mandir. This building is so cultural and sacred. This marble temple has beautiful Krishna, Radha, Shiva & Durga idols.

Howrah Bridge

The iconic bridge

Address : Howrah, West Bengal 700001, India

Birla Mandir

A very peaceful place with spectacular view and infra

Address : 29, Ashutosh Chowdary Ave, Ballygunge, Kolkata, West Bengal 700019, India