A perfect blend of old and new, Kolkata’s historic buildings are nestled against modern cafes and clubs. Kolkata is considered India’s cultural centre, renowned for its exquisite temples, impressive architecture and local festivals.
Things to do in Kolkata
For a dose of culture, visit the Dakshineswar Kali Temple, a place of pilgrimage associated with Sri Ramakrishna. Enjoy picturesque views of the Ganges River waterfront, browse the intricate interiors of the shrines and admire the exquisite Bengali Temple architecture.
While you’re in Kolkata, check out the Victoria Memorial Hall, a stunning example of white marble architecture. Take a step back in time and browse 25 galleries of antique art and memorabilia, before touring the surrounding gardens.
Travelling with the kids? Embark on an exciting journey to the Science City theme park. Reserve a seat in the 3D or space show, stroll through the earth exhibition hall or take a ride on the ropeway for scenic views of the city below.
Pay homage to Mother Teresa at the popular Motherhouse, which houses the saint’s tomb. Learn about Mother Teresa’s life in the adjoining museum where you can browse an array of educational exhibits, including Mother Teresa’s handwritten letters and her few personal belongings.
Getting around Kolkata
Kolkata is serviced by its Suburban Railway, which extends to nearby suburbs. The Kolkata metro also has a main line running from Noapara to Kavi Subhash. There are also trams, buses and taxi services available.