Kolkata, Bengali Kalikata, formerly Calcutta, city, capital of West Bengal state, and former capital (1772–1911) of British India. It is one of India’s largest cities and one of its major ports. The city is centred on the east bank of the Hugli (Hooghly) River, once the main channel of the Ganges (Ganga) River, about 96 miles (154 km) upstream from the head of the Bay of Bengal; there the port city developed as a point of transshipment from water to land and from river to sea. A city of commerce, transport, and manufacture, Kolkata is the dominant urban centre of eastern India.
A must do tour of Kolkata for first time or seasoned visitors to the city. Starting from The Great Eastern Hotel, the guided tour takes in original British architecture, churches, government offices and the mysterious Black Hole. With an optional extra visit to The Hongkong & Shanghai Banking Corporation and the High Court.
Fall off the tourist map and discover Kolkata’s less visited quarters. From Bow Barracks to the Zoroastrian Fire Temple, Old Chinatown and more. Discover the various communities and vibrant cultures that bring life to this exciting city.
What to buy in Kolkata: Conch Shell Bangles, Terracotta – Bring a bit Bengali soil with you, Saris – Who does not love them. Solapith Handicrafts. Bengali Sweets – the sweetest of Kolkata Souvenirs. Dokra Craft. Darjeeling Tea. Kalighat Paintings.
Must eats when in Kolkata: Macher Jhol (Fish curry). There is no doubt that both rice and fish are the staple Kolkata cuisines. Other dishes include...Kolkata Biryani. Kosha Mangsho (Mutton curry). Alur Torkari with Luchi. Shukto. Chelo Kebab.