I love coming back to India, as this is where I was born and I could never get sick og seeing everything as there is just too much to do over here, especially the food and all the now up market restaurants, but you still can't go past eating the local food, doing shopping at New Market and visiting Victoria Memorial and going for a horse/cart ride around the outskirts of it.
Kolkata is always bustling and alive, therefore a must to see when you are visiting India.
Calcutta is a huge city and as such deals with traffic congestion, noise, pollution, etc. Apart form the standard tourist sites that everyone is expected to see, The BEST way to get a feel for the city is to take one of the fantastic walking tours of Old Calcutta led by the people at Calcutta Walks (Calcuttawalks.
com). Absolutely terrific- I wish we had had enough time to go on several of their tours!
Its a city which seems like its frozen in time , since everything is more than 100 years old. Building falling apart, infrastructure in a mess, the whole city is a URINAL ( in reality) - i saw people urinating in almost every street .
.. Seems like they like the smell ... !
There are couple of historic and other places to visit. Victoria Memorial, Fort William, Diamond Harbor, Science City, Eden Gardens Sports Stadium, Planetorium, Raj Bhawan, Writers Building and some other old places to visit.
Sundarbans is a nearby area to visit.
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The best part of Kolkata is the food! all of the restaurants, even the street food - nothing is bad! Take the metro to get around, it the the fasts and most reliable way to travel through the city
Kolkata used to be the pride of the British Empire. Driving or walking thru this now quite run down city, you still get a glimpse of what it was like in those days during the British Rule.
Almost 40 years of Communist Party leadership in West Bengal have taken it’s toll! Now, due to a recent change of local government, things are changing and Kolkata is going thru yet another metamorphosis to a international metropolis.
Have not had the opportunity to explore the city very much. However did do some exploring down town. Saw the burial place of Mother Teresa and other sites in the area.
Had some drinks of the best Chai in India down town on the street across from the big AOG church.
Kolkata is a histological city of India. Travel lairs can visit so many places like hawra bridge, planetarium, Victoria memorial hall, Eden garden, Indian museum etc.
try street food once a time at least.
Kolkata is an old city, and has lots of historical value. The strong Bengali culture remain intact over the years, and that is the inner strength of the city.
People are peace loving, thinkers, and loved fish. The city is growing across years as new malls and residential areas kept cropping up here and there. The new airport was just amazing, and is now comparable with other major cites in India. New road to airport from the city also give a sense of comfort and luxory for regular travelers. Bengalis are foodies and there are wide variety of eateries across Kolkata. From Chinese restaurants at Tangra to Daawat E Shiraz at Park Street, there will always be enough people to fill half of the restaurant. There are plenty of shopping malls like City Centre at Salt Lake, Forum Shopping Mall, Mani Square and South City Mall. One may watch out for a new mall named Quest has recently opened at Ballygunge.
Its a traditional Indian city with lots of activities. Most of the roads are wide, a lot of shopping mall, restaurants and there few historical places to see.
Mother Tressa used to live hear and she died in Kolkata. Over all its a vibrant city.
This is one of India's metro cities, but the roads, taxis, buses, trains are so old and outdated. The buildings are dilapidated and not properly maintained.
Not one of the best places to visit, but we had to stay here as we were transiting to Darjeeling.Sealdah Rly station is a nightmare in the evenings.
Old city with a mixture of modern elements. Rich in culture. Lacks the stature of cities like Mumbai in terms of Nightlife and entertainment but realaxing
So much to see and learn if you want to visit to all those homes of famous people in every field, Mother Teresa,Netaji, Rabindranath Tagore and many more.
.religious places like Dakshineshwar, Kalighat,belur mutt and many more..interesting places like victoria memorial, birla planetorium and many more..shopping in Ghariahat, new market and many more
Brings lots of antibacterial gel and facemasks. After a couple hours out in town, you're covered with black soot and you'll sneeze out black particles.
Taxis are very cheap, but expect to pay double when going to the airport. It's a long slow drive given the horrible road condition and traffic-what should take 20 minutes may actually take an hour or more.
Not a good place to be with family except for it's rich historical backgrounds, there's lots of dust in the air and the city is very very outdated.
Kolkata is bigg city for bussiness tourism , for couples as well for food lovers it's nice place to have very delicious food in economic price
Very good for shopping, recommend to visit Mother Teresa's centres in Kolkata, and they have quite a good museum near the New market area.
Always buy prepay taxi from airport counter, beware of professional touts that will blatantly lie in your face! They are open 24hrs.
Kolkatta is a good place, but requires lot of efforts to improve the basic infrastructure. Traffic is very bad over here.
The city is very unsafe in terms of crime, violence and traffic. One has to carry the travel insurance before travelling to this city. Many places the city is unhygienic also, needs lot of improvement. Markets are good and one can get cheap and quality products.
Its shopping heaven for those who love to shop till they drop. Awesome food offerings too for food lovers out there :-)
Kolkata is a city worth exploring. It is safe from my point of view. Taxi is cheap. City is packed and always busy.
Airport is modern and with tight security.
Lovely for people who have interest in Bengal and its culture and heritage and the remains of the British Raj.
It is not a very clean city though, very crowded, congested with frequent traffic jams and not very good infrastructure in the central parts of the city and that may be a put off for some but the newly developed areas like salt lake and city centre two are better planned, cleaner and less crowded.
Excellent place, people have great respect for law, traffic rules and proud of their culture and traditions.
The city has blend of old time buildings and new architecture designed side by side.
a great historical city. a city with a human face and warmth. a hospitable and city throbbing with life
The whole city is messy, dirty, polluted, and not fit for tourists...I only stayed there becos of work.
..never seen a more chaotic city in India and I have traveled quite a bit all over India...the city administrators really need to get their act together! Citizens living here deserve a better quality of life...would not recommend tourists to come here at all.
The City of Joy on the banks of the Hooghli River is very well laid out unlike other cities in India.
It's safe and definitely worth a visit. The green expanse in the middle of town known as Maidan affords a relaxing side step from the traffic streets.
There are plenty of religious places of worship, eco parks, zoo and other entertainment for families.
Lots of culture; dance, music, literature and lots of events year round. Very rich in culture.