A view of the Victoria Memorial
The City of Joy
Kolkatta, West Bengal, India

Kolkata (Calcutta)

West Bengal

(Kolkata & The East)

Fondly known as the ‘City of Joy’, Kolkata is the cultural capital of India and the actual capital of the state of West Bengal. The city was once divided into three villages and governed by the Nawab of Bengal during the time of the Mughals in the 17th century. It is now a popular tourist hub for domestic as well as international travelers who travel to the city to view museums and buildings from the colonial era. Travelers can also experience the rich influence of Bengali culture in the city during times of festivity.


The city of Joy

Fondly known as the ‘City of Joy’, Kolkata is the cultural capital of India and the actual capital of the state of West Bengal. The city was once divided into three villages and governed by the Nawab of Bengal during the time of the Mughals in the 17th century. It is now a popular tourist hub for domestic as well as international travelers who travel to the city to view museums and buildings from the colonial era. Travelers can also experience the rich influence of Bengali culture in the city during times of festivity.

The Rich Cultural Heritage of Kolkata

Also known as ‘Calcutta’; Kolkata is positioned on the east side of the Hooghly river. It has the majestic Howrah Bridge offering connectivity to the Western side of the Ganges. The birthplace of the esteemed Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore, to this day has a rich appreciation for Rabindrasangeet. The city is also home to many structures festooned with Indo-Islamic and Indo-Saracenic architectural themes.

Tourism in Kolkata

Travelers can head to the Marble Palace; an archetypal European mansion, as well as The Victoria Memorial museum in Calcutta. Science City is another major attraction for tourists to visit as they grab the opportunity to sample Bengali delicacies like roshogolla and sandesh.

Visiting in the months of September–October will give tourists a chance to behold the much-awaited annual Durga Puja festival. It is at this time that the city bears witness to fascinating celebrations by Bengalis clad in traditional wear as they pray to the Godess Durga.

Kolkata Walking Tour

Three young lovers of the Calcutta city formed a company called Calcutta Walks with an aim to introduce places to visitors, which generally they dont get to see.

The walks explore different areas. There is no fixed length or route to the walk. Therefore, if you feel like taking up a route, the guide will be very happy exploring it with you.

The guides meet the tourists at their hotel for the walk. Timing for same is arranged mutually and there is no fixed departure time as well. Calcutta can best be explored on foot in the morning time because there is lesser traffic then. Although it is possible to take walks at other times of the day too, but mornings dont have a lot of vehicles troubling you.

Food is as important to Calcutta as its history and you get to savour some delicious Bengali morsels while taking walks on the streets.

Meal with a Bengali Family and cooking demo

Kolkata (Calcutta), West Bengal

Bengalis are great food lovers and take pride in their cuisine! A meal for the Bengali is a ritual in itself even if it is only boiled rice and lentils (dal bhat) with of course a little fish. Bengalis, like the French, spend not only the great deal of time thinking about the food but also on its preparation and eating.

Culinary Experience

Pricing: $ 64 per person for minimum 2 participants.

In the Footsteps of the Raj - Kolkata

Kolkata (Calcutta), West Bengal

The British had sought to build the second city of the Empire right here and it is this building that we'll show you in the course of our walk through the European areas of what was once the capital of the British Empire in India.

Walking Tours
History and Culture

Pricing: $ 33 per person for minimum 2 participants.

Sovabazar - The Star still shines

Kolkata (Calcutta), West Bengal

The ever-vital hub of traditional Bengali culture, the locals area, Sovabazar is all this and much more. This area contains a fascinatingly cosmopolitan blend of the seemingly incongruous architectural forms (from Islamic to Baroque, from Victorian to Bengali) which made up the old world dwellings of the city's wealthier Bengalis.

Walking Tours
History and Culture

Pricing: $ 40 per person for minimum 2 participants.

Journey from Bow Barracks to Burrabazar, Kolkata

Kolkata (Calcutta), West Bengal

Our city has witnessed many more cultures in its past than most others would even in this globalised present. Here we will trace for you the origins and remains of the varied communities that hung their boots and called Calcutta home.

Walking Tours

Pricing: $ 56 per person for minimum 2 participants.

Bazaar Walk through Chitpur

Kolkata (Calcutta), West Bengal

Chitpur is the heart of the “native” or “black” quarters of pre-independence Calcutta. It houses not only vibrant traditional bazaars, but also several palatial residences of wealthy Bengalis who lived the rich “babu” lifestyle. The area is populated by Hindus (Bengali and Marwari) and Muslims alike. The markets reflect a wide range of textiles, utensils and daily needs goods to meet the diverse needs of these communities.

Walking Tours
History and Culture

Pricing: $ 28 per person for minimum 2 participants.

Flower Market and Howrah Walk

Kolkata (Calcutta), West Bengal

An estimated two million people pour into/out of Howrah station each day. To get to Calcutta, they walk or drive through the Howrah Bridge, or take local ferries. For millions of people, Howrah Bridge represents the quintessential image of Calcutta – the first thing they see when they arrive here. The area around Howrah station has grown into a self-contained mini-universe, catering to the needs of a huge floating population.

Walking Tours
History and Culture

Pricing: $ 33 per person for minimum 2 participants.

Calcutta Heritage Walk

Kolkata (Calcutta), West Bengal

Old Calcutta was divided into a Black Town and White Town, which originated around Lal Dighi, a water tank which provided drinking water to the town. The area around the tank (earlier called Dalhousie Square, now renamed B.B.D Bagh) is the oldest square in the city, housing some of its earliest and grandest buildings which are still in use, providing a glimpse of Calcutta’s living British heritage. A walk through this area tells the story of the growth of Calcutta, from its early years to modern days.

Walking Tours
History and Culture

Pricing: $ 30 per person for minimum 2 participants.

Bengali Cuisine Tour

Kolkata (Calcutta), West Bengal

Bengal’s food has been influenced by the many communities that settled here over the ages. Apart from its traditional delicacies, Bengal finds inspiration from outside, adding a distinct charm to its food. The refined Avadhi cuisine of the Nawab of Oudh found a permanent place in Calcutta after the arrival of Wajid Ali Shah in the mid-1800’s. The Chinese community brought their own flavours, leading to a new ‘Indian Chinese’ cuisine which is among the most popular street food all over the country. The Portuguese, Dutch, English, Jews and Armenians introduced their own techniques and preparations.

Culinary Experience
Walking Tours

Pricing: $ 47 per person for minimum 2 participants.

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