Flights to Kolkata (CCU)

Flights to Kolkata will leave a lasting impression. Stately buildings, powerful flavors, and an infectious creative spirit make the city memorable.
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Kolkata, India

What to do in Kolkata

Learn about colonial Kolkata

Kolkata retains some of the best examples of British colonial architecture from the days of the Raj. Start your walking tour around BBD Bagh (Dalhousie Square); take in St. John’s Church, The Writer’s Building, and the General Post Office before heading to the Maidan and the immaculate marble Victoria Memorial, which now houses a museum tracing the city’s history.

Victoria Memorial
1 Queen’s Way
West Bengal
+91 33 2223 1890

Visit New Market

Immerse yourself in Kolkata’s vibrant markets. Housed in a British colonial building, the New Market (which opened in 1874) has more than 2,000 stalls. The Mullik Ghat Flower Market is an astonishing riot of color; if books are your bag, head over to College Street, where the booksellers’ shelves are almost as colorful.

New Market
Bertram Street
Lenin Sarani
New Market Area
West Bengal

Take a street food tour

Join the free Kolkata Food Walk and discover the best of Bengali street food. Explore fruit and vegetable markets, sweet shops, and snack stops selling everything from pani puri (deep-fried spheres containing tamarind, chickpeas, potato, and chili) to Kolkata’s famous kati rolls (grilled kebabs with onion, chili, and sauce). The tour often starts at Gariahat Market, but check the website for the latest details.

Gariahat Market
Ballygunge Gardens Rd
Ballygunge Gardens
West Bengal

Visit Kolkata's potters' quarter

Kumartuli is a traditional potters’ quarter, where clay idols are made for Kolkata’s many religious festivals, from Durga Puja to Kali Puja. Calcutta Photo Tours will give you a unique opportunity to capture the craftsmen at work, as a pantheon of gods and goddesses of all shapes, sizes, and colors is born. July to January is the best time to visit.

Calcutta Photo Tours
265, 1st Floor
Bepin Behari
Ganguly Street
West Bengal
+91 98 3116 3482

Explore Kalighat Kali Temple

Built in honor of the Hindu goddess Kali, Kalighat is believed to be the site from which Kolkata got its name. The current temple, built in 1809, remains one of the most important pilgrimage sites in the city. Ask one of the guides waiting at the entrance to show you around (for a small tip).

Khaligat Road
West Benegal
West Bengal
+91 33 2243 6440

Visit the Marble Palace

With its eclectic collection of Victorian curios, paintings, statues, and busts, plus a hoard of kitsch items of somewhat lesser importance, the Marble Palace is one of Kolkata’s best-kept secrets. Built by Raja Rajendra Mullick Bahadur, a wealthy Bengali merchant, in 1835, the neoclassical mansion has Doric pillars, open courtyards, and an on-site zoo.

46 Muktaram Babu Street
Off Chittaranjan Avenue
West Bengal
+91 33 2239 3310

Where to eat in Kolkata

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Peter Cat (Indian)

Largely unchanged since the 1960s, this legendary restaurant and nightlife venue off Park Street is like a time capsule. The lighting is subdued, and the vibe is always lively; when uniformed waiters bring out your chelo kebabs and drinks in pewter tankards, you’ll understand why this restaurant is still one of the most popular in town.

18 Park St
West Bengal
+91 33 2229 8841

Nizam’s (Street food)

Founded in 1932, Nizam’s lays claim to the creation of one of Kolkata’s most celebrated delicacies: the kati roll. This snack consists of bamboo-skewered barbecued meat, onions, chilis, and sometimes egg, smothered in sauce and wrapped in a paratha. There might be other places to find a kati roll in Kolkata, but Nizam’s is the original.

23/24 Hogg Street
BBD Bagh
New Market
+919 83 619 4669

Kewpies Kitchen (Bengali)

Kewpies is an unforgettable introduction to home-cooked Bengali food. Set in a private residence on a quiet lane, it’s a warm and welcoming environment in which to enjoy a traditional thali—a variety of dishes arranged on a banana leaf served on a round platter. And whenever there’s a festival in Kolkata, the kitchen celebrates accordingly.

2 Elgin Lane (behind Netaji Bhavan)
Off Heysham Road
West Bengal
+91 33 2486 1600

Oh! Calcutta (Bengali)

This is a chain restaurant, tucked away on the fourth floor of a shopping mall, but for high-end Bengali food you won’t find much better. The decor is slick, as is the service, but it’s the traditional dishes, like macher jhol (fish curry) and kosha mangsho (mutton curry), that will keep you coming back.

4th floor
Forum Shopping Mall
Elgin Road
West Bengal
+91 33 2283 7161

6 Ballygunge Place (Bengali)

Occupying a mansion dating back to the days of the Raj, this award-winning restaurant is renowned for serving some of the tastiest Bengali cuisine in Kolkata. You can opt for the lunchtime buffet, or choose from the a la carte selection, which includes rui shorshe (rohu fish in mustard sauce) and bhetki paturi (fish cooked in banana leaf).

6 Ballygunge Place Road
Near Patah Bhavan School
West Benegal
+91 33 2460 3922

Mainland China (Chinese)

Chinese food is popular across India, and Kolkata is no exception. This sophisticated Chinese restaurant is widely known as one of the best in the city, much loved for its ambience, Chinese dragon statues, and Szechuan cuisine. Try the authentic dim sum dumplings and the seafood dishes.

3A Uniworth House
Gurusaday Road
Beck Bagan
West Bengal
+919 33 22517034

Places to stay in Kolkata

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Bodhi Tree

If you love art, you'll appreciate this boutique hotel in Kolkata. Bodhi Tree has five individually designed rooms situated above a gallery and cafe, which is packed with all kinds of artwork, cool furniture, and lots of Buddha statues. There’s also a quiet garden and terrace library, and the hotel is conveniently close to a metro station.

48/44 Swiss Park
West Benegal
+91 33 2424 6534

Fairlawn Hotel

This hugely popular budget hotel in Kolkata stands out among the backpacker options on Sudder Street, thanks to its relaxed, bohemian vibe and quirky design. Housed in a 200-year-old building, the highlight is the charming garden terrace, where you can sit with a book, soak up the sun, and chat with fellow travelers.

13A Sudder Street
West Benegal
+91 33 2252 1510

Hotel 233 Park Street

Occupying the ground floor of a colonial mansion on energetic Park Street, this vintage boutique hotel is crammed with elegant reminders of days gone by. There’s antique furniture in every room, from mahogany four-poster beds to Burma teak dressers, but you still get modern conveniences in the form of LCD TVs and high-speed Wi-Fi.

233 Park Street
West Bengal
+91 33 2287 0300

The Park

Situated in the heart of the action on trendy Park Street, this boutique hotel has won awards for its ultra-modern design and excellent service. It’s the flagship hotel of the Park chain, which you can see reflected in its fine restaurants, luxury day spa, and attention to detail.

17 Park Street
West Benegal
+91 33 2249 9000

Oberoi Grand

Affectionately known as the Grand Dame of Kolkata, this fine colonial-era hotel delights guests with its huge ballroom, colonnaded verandas, and porticos. Now owned by the Oberoi group, it’s still considered one of the most luxurious hotels in India and is the perfect retreat from the bustling city.

New Market Area
West Bengal
+91 33 2249 2323

The Corner Courtyard

Part boutique hotel, part restaurant, this century-old townhouse has been lovingly restored by owner Magha Agarwal and now has some of the most sought-after beds in Kolkata. There are seven themed rooms clustered around a colorful courtyard where you can dig into tasty international dishes.

92B Sarat Bose Road
+91 99 0399 9567

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