About Kolkata

This is a metropolitan and the second largest city of India. It has large regal buildings, mansions, sprawling gardens, historical colleges, which were built when it was the capital of British India. The buildings represent the architectural style and taste of the British era. Kolkata is a city known for its rich cultural heritage, festivals, handicrafts, sweets, and a warm and lively atmosphere that is present in the air. It presents a perfect blend of ancient history and modern culture. It also has the biggest international stadium ‘Eden Gardens’ which is a dream come true for every sports enthusiast. Kolkata is a dream place for art, music and literature lovers with many arts and cultural centers which hold exhibitions and concerts throughout the year. It is also known as the ‘City of Joy’ for its rich heritage and liveliness.

Public Transport System

Bus, Taxis, Metro , Autorickshaw, Ferries and Tram

Cleanliness and Efficiency

Efficiency:Moderate to high Cleanliness:High

Mode & Cost of Transports

  • Basic bus fare is Rs. 7 for up to the first 4 km and Rs. 15 for 9 km and after that the fare increases by Rs. 1 for every 4 km. The buses are available in every 10 minutes.
  • Basic taxi fare is Rs. 30 for up to the first 2 km and after that the fare increases by Rs. 3 for every additional  0.2 km. The taxis are available at a regular frequency with 0 to 5 minutes wait time.
  • Basic metro fare is Rs. 5 for up to the first 5 km and after that the fare increases by Re. 1 for every 1 km. The metro is available in every 10 minutes.
  • Basic tram fare is Rs. 6  for up to the first 4 km and Rs. 7 after 4 km. The trams run on their track and are available only for certain destinations.

Basic Items & Cost

Name Price
Water Bottle USD 0.18
Cup of Coffee USD 1.37
Milk Carton Pack USD 0.54
Rice/Kg USD 0.81
White Bread USD 0.26
Eggs (12) USD 0.84
Combo Meal USD 4.75
Fine Dining USD 13.57
Bottle of Coke or Pepsi USD 0.34
Domestic Beer USD 1.63
Imported Beer USD 2.71
Bottle of Wine USD 8.14
Cigarettes (20 Pack) USD 4.07
Taxi ( 1 km ) USD 0.33
Ticket in local transport (Single way). USD 0.14
Rent ( One Bed Room) USD 135.67
  • Always carry your identification documents while traveling in the city as they can be checked for security purposes.
  • Taxis are the most reliable mode of transport. They can be opted for commuting in the city. Settle on a fixed price before using them. They are a cheap, easily available, and comfortable mode of transport.
  • Kolkata is a crowded but safe city, nevertheless, take care of your belongings.
  • During Durga Pooja, the city is crowded and packed. If you want to visit during this time, then make sure you have advance bookings.
  • After 11.p.m there are curfew laws in the city for safety so plan to move around as per the law.
  • Do not leave Kolkota without tasting the legendary Bengali sweets.
  • Local handicrafts and Tant saris can be bought as souvenirs.

Night Life

Kolkata has a number of bars and restaurants, which are perfect for party lovers. Along with remarkable bars, clubs, pubs, and lounges, there are many fine art performances also hosted in weekly cultural programs. All these make for an enjoyable evening for those who enjoy light and classical music. The city presents a perfect place for nightlife with modern dances, disco, rock music, a variety of food, beverages, and partying. Nights are as lively as the days in the city.

Must See

  • Visit the workshops of Kumortuli, where beautiful statues of Durga goddess are made from mud. It is 11 minutes walk from the Sovabazar metro station.
  • Book lovers can visit 'College Street,' the largest book market in Kolkata, where new and used books of all kinds are available.
  • Mallick Ghat Flower Market is a unique experience for flower lovers, it is enthralling to see people sell and buy beautiful flowers.
  • Enjoy the breakfast at China Town, famous for Chinese flavors.
  • Ride and enjoy the electric tram in the streets in Kolkata.
  • Birla Planetarium is the second largest of Kolkata and one can enjoy gazing at the sky full of stars.
  • Enjoy and relish the famous Bengali sweets.

Experiences

  • Watch a match at Eden Gardens.
  • Boating and wind sailing at river Hooghly.
  • Camping and trekking, as the city is surrounded by a number of hill stations that provide excellent spots within the vicinity.
  • Take a tour to Sunderbans, there are one day's tours from Kolkata.
  • Take a Ropeway ride in the science city for an amazing experience.

Activities

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  • Conch shell bangles
  • Terracotta figures
  • Jewelry
  • Tant saris
  • Baluchari saris
  • Swarnachari saris
  • Kantha saris
  • Solapith handicrafts
  • Jute bags
  • Kalighat paintings

Official Language

Bengali

Other Language

English

Spoken Language

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Currency

Indian Rupee (INR)

Population

5.1 (Millions)

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Weather

Haze 27°C

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TimeZone

06:16 AM (GMT +05:30)

 

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Ambulance

102

 

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Police

100

 

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Airport Name / IATA Code

Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport - VECC

Airport Name / IATA Code

VEBG - Balurghat Airport

Best time to visit

October, November, December, January, February, March:The weather is pleasant, and not hot and humid in the day. Also, it is the festive season of Durga Puja when celebrations fill the city with colors and joy.

Moderate time to visit

July, August, September:This is the monsoon season. There will be heavy rainfall throughout the day due to which the roads will get clogged with water, making it difficult for tourists to explore the city.

Worst time to visit

April, May, June:The temperature can sore as high as 45 degrees. The days are hot and humid making it uncomfortable for tourists to explore the city.

Taxi

Start Tariff: INR 30.00

1 Km. Tariff: INR 24.14

1 Hour Waiting Tariff: INR 60.00

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