Arrival in Kolkata
Today you’ll be collected from the airport in Kolkata and transferred to a charming hotel packed with character in the city centre. Your room is comfortable and tastefully decorated, and you’ll very quickly feel at home. The rest of the day is free for you to explore Kolkata at your own leisure, enjoying the warm temperatures and delicious food of West Bengal. Why not visit the Kali Temple or grab some world famous food?
Kolkata City Tour
This morning you’ll be picked up by your guide in an air-conditioned car. You’ll drive via the historic St John’s Church to the famous Dalhousie Square, the commercial centre of the city (now called BBD Bagh). From here you’ll continue to the bank of the Hoogly river, where you’ll see the famous Howrah Bridge, which more than 5 million people cross every day. The next stop is the colourful flower market.
Then it’s time to visit the Karmatuly area, where they make the huge effigies used in Kolkata’s most famous festival, Durga Puja. To the North of the centre you’ll visit the exquisite, richly decorated, Jain Temple, before continuing to the College Street book market, with its many hundreds of bookstalls. After all this sightseeing it’s about time you relax and enjoy a coffee at the famous Indian Coffee House – a popular meeting place for locals.
Departure from Kolkata
After a rejuvenating sleep your Kolkata trip comes to an end this morning. Fill up on breakfast and pack up your final things before heading on to your next destination.
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Kolkata was one of the most important cities of British India, and is steeped in history. The city is dotted with famous buildings from the colonial era, including Victoria Memorial and you’ll get the chance to learn about the history of Kolkata on our city tour. Considered by many the cultural capital of India, you’ll have plenty to see and do whilst here; the only problem will be fitting it all in!
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