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Kolkata (formerly known as Calcutta) - the Indian 'City of Joy' has been the capital city of Indian under the British Raj for very long. Thus, unlike any other city of India it boasts of a unique culture and heritage. The city is also refereed to as the intellectual capital of the country where Poets, thinkers and film directors of international renown hail from this city where avant garde plays and art exhibitions go on show practically every day of the year. It was once the cultural capital of India, and there are more than enough traces of its lost glory. There is enough theatre, films and art exhibitions to keep anyone occupied through the year.

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The city means many things to many people. For some, Kolkata is the city of joy, while for others it is dirty, crowded, and noisy. Once the greatest colonial city in the Orient, Kolkata was later reviled as a cauldron of poverty, dirt, and disease. The city has produced some of India's finest literature, theatre, films, art and culture, and personalities - an output that has influenced the very course of Indian history. The names like Rabindranath Tagore to Mother Teresa, from Satyajit Ray to Amartya Sen, from Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose to Mrinal Sen readily come to mind.

Kolkata Airport

Kolkata Airport (Airport Code: CCU, Netaji Subhas Chandra International Airport ) is located in Dum Dum around 24 km from the city. International terminal and the domestic terminal are located in the same building. It is a small airport by international standards. Most of the domestic airlines have direct services to and from Calcutta to other important cities of India such as Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Patna, Varanasi, Lucknow, etc. Calcutta provides direct flights to most of the countries in the Southeast Asia.

Changing Money/ Currency Exchange
In India, the unit of currency is the Rupee (INR). Change money with Authorized Currency Exchange places like the airport, most banks and hotels and insist on a receipt, as it will help you reconvert unused rupees into the original foreign currency at the time of departure. Avoid any people on the street who offer to change your money at a temptingly high rate of exchange ( Generally you end up with fake currencies, or its a scam where the street dealer bolts with your money. )

Taxi Bookings/Hotel Pickup/Motor Bike Rental
It is advisable to do all bookings of taxis (Pre-Paid) and hotels via the airport. If you can arrange to be picked up via your hotel it would be very beneficial.

Kolkata Climate

As Kolkata is near the sea, the city has uniform temperature throughout the year. The temperature ranges from 12C to 27C in the winter and 24C to 38C in the summer. Annual rainfall is around 160 cm. Humidity level can be very high in the summers and can make one's life difficult.

Airlines having flights to Kolkata (via Mumbai or Delhi with code share)

  • Air Canada
  • Air France
  • Air India
  • Alitalia
  • British Airways
  • Air Canada
  • Cathay Pacific
  • Delta Airlines
  • Emirates
  • Ethiopian Airlines
  • Gulf Air
  • KLM (Royal Dutch Airlines)
  • Kuwait Airways
  • Lufthansa
  • Singapore Airlines
  • Swissair

  • There are few international airlines that fly directly to Culcutta. Please check with your travel agent.

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    Flight Reservations during Holiday Seasons
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    Attractions / Places to See in Kolkata

    Although there is immense poverty, it can be quite a pleasant place to visit, and very interesting, especially if you are interested in historic buildings and bengali cultures

    Victoria Memorial
    Victoria Memorial is a huge white marble structure and the most enduring of remains of the British Raj in India. The structure, which is now floodlit in the night, gives a fascinating site. It has been now converted in a museum that houses the most impressive collection of memorabilia's from the days of Raj.

    Indian Museum
    This Museum was built in 1874 and has a beautiful structure and is the oldest museum in India, it has one of the rare collections of archaeology. The entrance to the museum houses an original Lion Capitol, the national symbol of India - found on coins minted by government of India.

    Fort William
    Fort William was constructed in 1781 after the unfortunate happenings of 1756 in which many British soldiers with their families were killed by Siraj-Ud-Daula. Large area around the village of Govindpur was cleared off the forests and this fort was constructed, which for some time also lent its name to the city.

    Eden Garden
    Eden Garden, located in the northwest corner of the city, is a small and pleasantly laid out garden. The place also houses the renowned cricket ground by the same name.

    Howrah Bridge
    This massive steel bridge across the Hooghly River is an excellent example of engineering techniques of the early 20th century. The whole bridge is approx half a km long without any pylon in the river. The bridge also has the distinction of being the busiest bridge in the world catering to around 100,000 vehicles and innumerable pedestrians.

    From Kolkata, you can visit Darjeeling, a picturesque hill resort; or go to Bodhgaya, a centre of pilgrimage where 2,500 years ago Lord Buddha received enlightenment; or Varanasi which for 3,000 years has been the spiritual centre of India; or Konark in Orissa famous for its magnificent Sun Temple; or the beaches of Orissa.

    Sunderbans Wildlife Sanctuary
    South of Kolkata on the Bay of Bengal is the area known as the Sunderbans, part of the world's largest estuarine delta formed by the Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna rivers. Sunderbans is home to the elusive Royal Bengal tiger, and a World Heritage listed park. The dense forests, fringed by mangrove jungles, are truly one of the great wild areas of the world.

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