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Best of Calcutta

Discover teeming markets, inspect stunning temples, and uncover rich history in this often overlooked Indian metropolis.
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Rating: 3 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: Multiple days

Overview:  One may not visit Kolkata to tick landmarks off an imaginary life list. And unlike, say, Delhi, where the remnants of ancient... more »

Tips:  Kolkata, India: Winter is the best time to visit; the heat is stifling from April through mid September.

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Points of Interest

1. Chamba Lamba

A Tibetan antiquarian shop.

Address:
New Market, No. F-58-60
Calcutta
India

Phone:
91-33-2252-6408

2. Hyatt Regency Kolkata

Business-district hotel on landscaped grounds.

Address:
JA-1 Sector III
Calcutta
India

Phone:
91-33-2335-1234

This, the country’s largest museum, is a vast and stolid colonial edifice full of unheralded oddities and treasures hidden in plain sight.

Address:
27 Jawaharlal Nehru Rd.
Calcutta
India

Phone:
91-33-2286-1699

Tuck into a plate of yellow lentils and the river fish called begti at this landmark restaurant in the southern part of town.

Address:
2 Elgin Ln.
Calcutta
India

Phone:
91-33-2475-9880

The tumbeldown manse was built during the 19th century by the trader Raja Rajendra Mullick to accommodate a strange hoard of Chinese urns and ornate statues of naked European ladies and pictures allegedly by Rubens and Murillo, whose paint now flakes and whose canvases sag in their frames. ... More

The Grand has been a source of civic pride and a landmark of social arrival for more than a century. A vast block-long pile at the heart of the city’s main thoroughfare, Jawaharlal Nehru Road (formerly Chowringhee Road), the Grand is equal parts fortress, mansion, and society bastion, the kind of place where anyone who has ever been anyone in the ... More

The second choice, after Kewpie’s, for Bengali food.

Address:
10/3 Elgin Rd., Forum Shopping Mall, 4th floor
Kolkata
India

Phone:
91-33-2283-7161

Boutique hotel that’s an easy walk to the Indian Museum and the Park Street Cemetery.

Address:
17 Park St.
Calcutta
India

Phone:
91-33-2249-9000

entrance fee $2

Address:
Sarat Pally, Tollygunge
Calcutta
India

Phone:
91-33-2417-6022

10. Weavers Studio

Visit this sophisticated textile gallery and wander around in a daze induced by the wealth of crafts traditions (among other things, India invented block printing, calico, chintz, crewel, and tie-and-dye), and also somewhat sticker-shocked by the price tags on saris of embroidered kantha cloth or shawls of naturally golden silk from Assam.

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