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“Way of life in city of joy”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Kolkata Trams

Kolkata Trams
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Owner description: With a capacity of 24 - 53 and equipped with a television and FM radio, the AC and Non AC tram runs four rides daily to the north and south of the city. Each ticket costs includes snacks. A lot is often heard about Kolkata's dwindling traffic system and how its age-old trams, means of transport that are still existing only in this part of India, are adding to the commuters' woes. There have even been talks of doing away with old tram cars for good and redesign the city's traffic network. However, trams are still plying in Kolkata and measures are being taken to resuscitate the 133-year-old Calcutta Tramways Company. Take a ride in one of these AC or Non AC trams early morning this week and get a taste of old Kolkata's magical heritage. Call or email Trips & Tours to book your seats. You can book the whole tram if you wish.
Bengaluru, India
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“Way of life in city of joy”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 25, 2013

A perfect solitude for city travel that traverses historical land marks and the hustle and bustle of the city. It is recommended to ride the tram from Esplanade and take the race course route. This is amongst the best routes where one can view the historic landmarks such as the Eden Garden, Mohun Bagan Football club, maidan, Victoria Memorial, the Calcutta Turf Club... so on and so forth. Don't miss the horse chariots whiz past the trams!! All at just Rs. 6.00. The tram conductors are generally very relaxed and friendly and will oblige for an extra few second stops for one to capture pictures!!

Visited May 2013
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“Joy ride”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 25, 2013

It’s the heat which annoys me, otherwise Tram ride is a joy. Try and have a ride during the morning hours just before you take your breakfast.

Visited April 2013
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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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“Pride of kolkata”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 18, 2013

Kolkata is the only city in India to have a tram network. Trams are under the administration of the Calcutta Tramways Company,a government of West Bengal Undertaking, popularly called CTC. The trams are claimed to slow down other traffic, leading to groups who currently voice abolishing the trams. The environment-friendliness and the old charm of the trams attract many people. The tram lines laid in some major roads are being renovated to maintain the tram lines on the same level plane as the rest of the road, thereby smoothening the road. In places, the original central boulevards reserved only for the trams have been removed,the tram-lines are thus brought in the same plane as that of the road.The usable space of the road for vehicle movement has thereby considerably increased. With embedding of tram tracks in the road surface, the over all surface has become smoother, easing the traffic to some extent.
With the tracks now running in the centre of the heavy traffic roads,commuters are encountering difficulties in getting to the trams' stops through the traffic and as a result, less number of people are able to use the tram easily.Mostly trams are found to be running with many seats vacant even during rush hours.This has also caused reduction of revenue for Calcutta Tram Company. One possible remedy towards difficulty of approachability to the trams could be to relay the tracks on outside left and the right sides of the road, adjacent to the footpaths.However,relaying the track may not be possible now as the modification will need enormous expenditure.

Visited April 2013
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Chennai
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“Heritage of West Bengal”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 8, 2013

The Bygone era, when we used to use this mode of transport still linger in my minds, has become a heritage for modern kolkata. Though slow, but the travel in trams are really cool when you have some time to spend and see kolkata. Would suggest the govt, if they can modernise the same and make it much better so that close distance commuters can use it. Benefits include NO POLLUTION, NO POLLUTION..

Visited March 2013
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Kolkata, India
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“Though slow and outdated type, but neverthless useful because of absolutely pollution free and very cheap”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 3, 2013

Authorities should go for modernisation to make it more useful. If you have time, have a joy ride around Esplanade/Maidan area for an enjoyable journey. Some A/c trams have been on the run for quite some time but the frequency is very less.

Visited May 2013
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