Kolkata is one of the 4 metro cities of India and gateway to the destinations in East India. Kolkata, situated on Hugli river, is also capital city of state of West Bengal and one that is steeped in history and character.
There are several reasons for which one may arrive at Kolkata.
Transit – Kolkata being International Airport and gateway to other destinations in East India, its common for guests to arrive in transit and spend couple of nights exploring Kolkata.
Sunderbans – Sunderbans delta is a world heritage site visited ex-Kolkata. Its common for guests to arrive in transit and spend couple of nights exploring Kolkata.
Pilgrimage – There are number of Pilgrimage destinations visited ex-Kolkata such as Bishnupur, Midnapore, Gangasagar. Kalighat Temple in Kolkata, originally built in the 12th century, is regarded as one of the 51 Shakti Peetha. Belur Math is headquarters of the Ramakrishna Mission. The temple by the river Ganga is very popular with tourists to Kolkata.
Heritage – Kolkata has a rich colonial heritage and its common for guests to arrive for a break exploring these aspects.
Cuisine – While it may not be a the main reason for most guests to arrive in Kolkata but most look to explore the unique West Bengal cuisine especially sweets, fresh water fish preparations and some authentic Bengal recipes.
Kolkata city mainly have hotels with business hotel character. However some of the upper end hotels here are very popular with travelers.
Some of the popular Kolkata sights and sounds include the Howra Bridge, Ambassador taxis, age-old trams and general chaos that one can experience everywhere in the city.
Typical Stay Duration: 2 nights Seasonality: Visited all through the year