Tours and Tickets

Calcutta Contrast Tour provided by Calcutta Capsule

Calcutta Contrast Tour
5
Book in advance
from
$53.62
per adult
Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
About
Calcutta Contrast Tour Based on Satyajit Ray's Masterpiece "The Middleman", the Calcutta Contrast tour tries to bring forth the contrast in the life of local city dwellers.Come feel and experience the Difference between Finance and Romance. We start off by visiting a native Bengali Area at college street ,browsing through alleys of books and old book stalls, A coffee break at the famous coffee house, initiation to becoming a Bengali and finding peace amidst the chaos at a hidden space.The whole sale markets are a place where a non Bengali culture has been in place for decades,a city within the heart of the city which is not native. A walk through India's largest wholesale bazaars and diving deep into the maze of wholesale markets that constitute the heart of Calcutta is experienced through local food and people.To finish off the tour we end up on a secret roof top with a panoramic view of old Calcutta sipping on beer/tea/lassi and basking in the Sunset.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
The Calcutta Contrast Tour aims in showing you the contrasting cultures Calcutta thrives in. It starts off by visiting India's largest open fruit market and a leisurely break at a secret rooftop to catch the sunset with a never seen before view. The whole sale markets (burrabazar ) are a place where a non Bengali culture has been in place for decades. a city within the heart of the city which is not native. The area is experienced through local food, people and shops. To bring out the contrast a very Bengali area is visited next, college Street. A coffee break at the famous coffee house, initiation to becoming a Bengali and visiting a hidden monastery follows next. The contrast tour starts around 4.30 and ends by 8
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 91558P3
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
All activities • Driver/guide • Snacks • Bottled water • Coffee and/or Tea
Exclusions
Internet handling Charges
Duration
4h
Departure details
College Street, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Burrabazar Police Station, Road, No. 8, Mallick St, Kesoram Katra, Bortola, Barabazar Market, Kolkata, West Bengal 700007, India
Inclusions
All activities • Driver/guide • Snacks • Bottled water • Coffee and/or Tea
Exclusions
Internet handling Charges
Departure details
College Street, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Burrabazar Police Station, Road, No. 8, Mallick St, Kesoram Katra, Bortola, Barabazar Market, Kolkata, West Bengal 700007, India
Duration
4h
Return details
Burrabazar Police Station, Road, No. 8, Mallick St, Kesoram Katra, Bortola, Barabazar Market, Kolkata, West Bengal 700007, India
Additional information
Not wheelchair accessible
Children must be accompanied by an adult
Near public transportation
Most travelers can participate
This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
Popular mentions

5.0
14 reviews
Excellent
14
Very good
0
Average
0
Poor
0
Terrible
0

Rebecca
Warwick, UK10 contributions
A must for anyone visiting Kolkata!
Feb 2020
I am so glad I did this tour - definitely a highlight of my time in Kolkata. Soham is so passionate and knowledgable about this city and you can't help but fall in love with Kolkata afer spending a few hours with Soham.
I would never have experienced some of the things I did if I hadn't taken this tour. If you prefer to really experience a place and it's people then this is definitely for you. Soham couldn't have been a better guide, and as a solo female I felt completely safe and at ease throughout the whole tour.
We meandered through the hustle and bustle of the city, with stops for amazing food and drinks, and Soham even managed to find a space of calm and peace in the middle of all of this at a Buddhist temple - amazing.
And at the end of the tour we were able to watch the movements of the city from far above, with views far and wide.
A truly fascinating tour and one I would highly recommend to anyone visiting this city.
Written February 27, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Guhan M
Chennai District, India10 contributions
Amazing - A cultural experience
Sep 2019 • Solo
I am Guruguhan from Chennai. I always wanted to travel & learn new cultures. I have bee to some of the northern & Western States of India. But I have ever visited the Eastern part. The first thing which came to my mind is Kolkata. Because ,I read few things about Kolkata & it's significance in culture , art & trade. We searched for cultural walking tours I came upon with Soham's calcutta capsule. He takes you through the contrasts of Calcutta , it's history , people of Kolkata. It's a real world experience. He also treats us with native Kolkata foods during the tour. The foods were delicious. We visited various parts of Calcutta , squeezed through it , it was the time of dussehra hence it was packed with people. kolkata can be experienced through out the year. I loved Soham's high spirited personality , his open mind & his attitude. Definitely a thumbs up for soham's calcutta contrast tour. If u wanna experience true Calcutta , go for it
Written October 10, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Peter W
3 contributions
A fascinating look into Calcutta's street life and food
Sep 2019
Soham is a wonderful guide, he loves Calcutta and showing the city to visitors. We visited places I would never find on my own and at some fantastic food. The tour was accompanied by a very intelligent commentary on the history, society and economy of Calcutta. Soham is very sensitive to the comforts of his clients and constantly checks that everyone is happy and comfortable. We tasted many different street foods with confidence and Soham has a great formula where he pays for all of your food and drink along the way (comes out of your tour fee) to save on these hassles. He is a very generous and authentic person and I highly recommend you take his tour!
Written September 15, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

helenmanning
Dublin, Dublin, Ireland6 contributions
Calcutta convert!!
Apr 2019 • Solo
I took the Calcutta contrast tour with Soham on April 27th. From start to finish Soham was the consummate professional. A passionate articulate ambassador for his city.

You can take a million and one city sight tours but you will NEVER capture Calcutta in all its glory unless you spend time in the company of one of its own ....thankfully Soham didn't disappoint

His tour brings you to the very heart of the City of Joy and you will.meander through the various capillaries that pulse with the lifeblood of this city finding and understanding how it all intertwines to keep the City alive.

I would have missed what this place is about if I hadn't taken his tour .I would have left with just a very superficial fleeting understanding of how so many factions of society co exist ...I would have made wrong assumptions through lack of understanding and I would have been frustrated beyond reason !!!
Instead I feel privileged to have had the chance to see the City through the eyes of someone who has lived here all his life and loves it .

This tour is for everyone who wants to REALLY see Calcutta ...abd as you'll find with Soham there are constant surprises and special extra touch's that I've never cone across with other tours ....fabulous value ...fantastic host ...do yourself a favour book at least one of his tours and do it at the start of your holiday....because I guarantee you won't be disappointed.
Written April 29, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Hau Yang C
Perth, Western Australia, Australia42 contributions
Fantastic way to spend half a day in Kolkata
I booked Calcutta contrast tour with Soham via email few months before my trip. Soham was excellent in replying my emails and even recommended me restaurants to try while in Kolkata.

The planning and pacing of the tour was done meticulously , starting at a non-Bengali fruit market and ending at a historic cafe that has an atmosphere that is unique to Kolkata. Along the tour, we sampled street food, took local transportation and Soham even managed to sneak it few pleasant surprises.

Soham is very passionate about the city that he grew up in. He would reference Bengali books and movies during our tour, which added amazing depth to the tour. He would make sure everyone feels comfortable throughout the tour. He even booked an uber ride for me to the airport after the tour, and waited for the driver to turn up. Thank you Soham.

If you want to explore Kolkata as a traveler instead as a tourist, I would highly recommend you to book a tour with Calcutta capsule. Keep up the good work Soham!

Written April 28, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Wouter Teer
1 contribution
The Calcutta Contrast Tour: A wonderfull experience
Apr 2019 • Family
Soham, our guide and organizer, met us at the metro MD Road. A very enthousiastic and inspiring man, and an expert in Calcutta cultures. He showed us around the fruit and food markets, explaind the differences between Bengali and non-Bengali culture and how to reckognize that. He took us to numorous secret, non touristic spots, let us taste typically Bengali sweets and little dishes, and took us on a nerve-stressing local busride for 500 mtrs. No beaten Lonely Planet tracks, no Victoria memorials, but straight Calcutta wildlife. An unforgettable must-do experience!
The Teer family
Written April 27, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Hanne_London_Frankfurt
Uithuizermeeden, The Netherlands1 contribution
Amazing Kolkata presented in a beautiful, smart and lovin way!
Apr 2019 • Solo
I had the opportunity to see Kolkata through the eyes of a local. I have seen and tasted, talked about and felt so many surprising, interesting as well as lovely things in this short amount of time, which I am still processing two weeks later. Soham is an amazing city guide: he is very knowledged about the tour he takes you on and talkes about his city in a very welcoming and convincing manner. Thank you very much for this amazing time! ... you should see my face, still with a huge smile and glowing eyes.
Written April 23, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Simon
1 contribution
Excellent, original and very inspiring.
Feb 2019 • Solo
I know Calcutta well and have taken other Calcutta walks before but this "Contrast" walk felt such a different experience. For me, it was similar to going out with a friend to explore, and, although Soham must have taken people on this walk many times, it was if it was the first time for him. There was interest at every corner, he knows the different areas and their history well, and was very spontaneous in his approach, with an eye for the detail and always ready to answer questions. As it was just the two of us it felt more like a partnership, particularly as we were photographing as we went along.... I'm a street food addict and also got to taste a couple of snacks I'd never tried before ! A walk not to be missed.
Written March 13, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Anne from Singapore
Singapore, Singapore3 contributions
Best thing I did in Kolkata
Mar 2019 • Solo
I'm very pleased I signed up on this walking tour . Soham made the tour a very enjoyable one with his warmth, passion and knowledge. He explained history,places, people, authors, books,festivals, jokes etc etc on this tour and I saw places I would not have discovered on my own. I learnt a lot in a fun way.Thank you very much Soham, for doing an excellent job in showing us around. The icing on the cake was when I received some candid shots he took along the way to capture a great time. Highly recommended !
Written March 7, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Aneesh
4 contributions
Contrast in Calcutta
Feb 2019 • Solo
During the Calcutta, Contrast tour you can experience the real contrast in Kolkatta. You can see and understand the history of the "Bengalis" and people who migrated from the different parts of India to Kolkatta. Soham (The tour guide) is warm, flexible and passionate about his job. He took us to unique places that you cannot find on Google. One of the best things is that he focusses on small groups so that he can interact with everyone and offer a good experience during the tour. I learned a lot about Kolkatta from our conversations. It was a great experience! I will definitely go back to Calcutta and do his tours. I highly recommend his tours!
Written February 26, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Showing results 1-10 of 14
About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

By: Calcutta Capsule
zigeumac
zigeumac
00
Food tour: something for everyone
Calcutta is my favorite city in India and I return as often as I can. I was delighted to find a new (for me) attrac
40sarahk
40sarahk
00
Fantastic and delicious way to see the back streets of North Calcutta
Any time with Soham on any tour will be a complete treasure!!!! He is an eloquent, poised, and lovely gentleman wh
Kipnus
Kipnus
00
Bring your appetite!!! So much to eat!!!
We heard about Kolkata's reputation as a "foodie city" so we knew we had to try this tour. We had been wanting to e
pwmk68
pwmk68
00
You have to do this
We spent 3 weeks in India and one of the most memorable few hours we had was spent with Soham. The 5 am tram ride i
Jannecke
Jannecke
00
Great intro to Kolkata
This tour is definitely worth getting up early for - in particular if you are new in Kolkata. It is a great introdu
victoriak298
victoriak298
00
A must do in Kolkata
You cannot miss this, the best thing we did in Calcutta! Sohan is such an amazing guide. Really recommend doing thi
467em888777
467em888777
00
Highly recommended!
I thoroughly enjoyed this tour with Soham and would absolutely recommend it to others! It's an excellent way to get
507KarinS
507KarinS
00
Unforgettable!
Dear Soham Thank you for showing me the heart of your beloved home town with your soul. I‘ll never forget the peace
gerard n
gerard n
00
Alleywayfood tour
Let "soham" show you the true taste of Kolkata....explore 'safely' the culinary delights of this fabulous city...."
gerard n
gerard n
00
Magic Hour Tour
The 5am start for this tour is exciting in itself....watching old Calcutta come to life and exploring the city was
_by0unghal
_by0unghal
00
Highly recommended. Best kolkata tour.
We did 5am capsule tour. Soham is an amazing tour guide. He was very knowledgeable about kolkata. Also, out group h
V9673AHsusans
V9673AHsusans
00
This is the Tour You’ve Been Looking For
Having a well-versed resident show me around makes a huge difference to how much I enjoy a new city. As someone un
swayambhub06
swayambhub06
00
Recommended!!
We did a slightly customised version of the Magic Hour tour, and we had also gone in having already read the rave r
74jennw
74jennw
00
THE BEST TOUR THERE IS! DO NOT MISS IT
Wow! What an amazing adventure we had with Soham! It’s an early start but you get to see Kolkata at its calmest an
Sherylmolller123
Sherylmolller123
00
Magic Hour Tour
Soham’s Magic Hour Tour is far and away the best tour I have ever taken anywhere! This was my first trip to India a
Frequently Asked Questions about Calcutta Contrast Tour

Calcutta Contrast Tour price starts from $53.54. Discover and book Calcutta Contrast Tour on Tripadvisor

Calcutta Contrast Tour cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Calcutta Contrast Tour on Tripadvisor

Calcutta Contrast Tour is hosted by Calcutta Capsule. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Calcutta Capsule on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Calcutta Contrast Tour on Tripadvisor

On average, this experience will take approximately 4h. Discover and book Calcutta Contrast Tour on Tripadvisor