Kolkata City Guide
Kolkata,  My Experience

Kolkata City Guide | A Comprehensive Guide to City of Joy

Hey Travelers,

What if I tell you this is my first time in a plane in almost 21 years on earth 😄

Yeah, I can assume some of your faces like this 😮 and some like this 😂  and some thinking “even my 16 years old son got 5 times now”.

Okay, Okay lets come back to the topic we are going to talk today.

Any Guesses 😑, It’s already written in the Title “Kolkata City”.

Without wasting much of time let’s land straight to the Kolkata City.

You – Hey buddy, look at that yellow and there’s too.

Me– Yeah, this place is painted yellow on the road when you see a taxi altogether.

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Kolkata Trip

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How did Kolkata happen?

I was thinking about going to an offbeat before taking a decision to book my first time flight, In fact, wait wait

It’s not only my first time in flight but my Dadas too. Yes, and it took him 75 years for his first one and I decided to take him along because the carrier of my Dada started from here when the first time he came in town is Kolkata city.


The Kolkata Day

The day we started very early in the morning because we have our flight at 9:30 a.m and reached at IGI Airport almost 2-2:30 hrs early.

Can you Imagine?

Okay, I know it’s very early but what to do excitement at its best and don’t want to miss a chance to see the whole airport.

i.e. waited, waited and waited until I saw the gates open for the people traveling to Kolkata city.

Yeah, first time flight and that too window seat 😄.

How to Reach Kolkata from Delhi

By Flight

The best way to reach Kolkata is by flight from Delhi. It takes around 2-3hr to reach and is the easiest and fastest way to reach covering almost 1500km.

  1. Delhi➡️Kolkata (flight)

By Train

Kolkata can be reached by train too. If you have enough time and wants to save a few bucks then the train is a good option. It will be going to take around 20hrs to reach.

  1. Delhi➡️Kolkata (train)

I reached Kolkata by flight at 11:40 a.m. and had left from Delhi at 9:30. am. I have already booked my Room at Bhowanipore, from booking.com which is approx. 25kms from Airport.

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Booking.com

Bhowanipore 

Since our Hotel is almost about 25kms away from the Kolkata Aiport.

So, we booked a cab which had dropped us at the gate and took around Rs 400- Rs 500.

Bhowanipore looked like the old Kolkata with dark contrast in the backdrop and streets full of yellow taxis.

After reaching the room the first thing we did is left our bag and went for exploration, straight away!
Exploration right after is my first thing and insisted Dada too and we are off straight away.

The hot sun kept pointing on our head and made us full of sweat.

Best Month to Visit Kolkata

If you are planning to go in summers to the Kolkata city then I insist to stay in Delhi only because it’s much hotter than Delhi in summers some days.

In Summers ( May – October )

It’s really hot in summers and as soon as you step out, the sweat will going to make you tired and lazy. The temperature ranges from 29 degrees – 42 degrees in summers.

* Monsoon is something that you can enjoy in Kolkata. If you are planning to go anywhere then you must consider the Kolkata city.

In Winters ( November – April )

So, it’s like the Delhi winters. I know Delhi people got this one and not daydreaming of something magical in winters. The temperature ranges from 15 degrees – 27 degrees.

*, In fact, everyone running to mountains to re-live the magic of snow, even the snow started disappearing quickly.

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Day – 1

Victoria Memorial

Victoria Memorial - Kolkata city
Victoria Memorial

The 1st-day plan was to see nearby places.

i.e we are staying at Bhawanipore and Victoria Memorial is about 2-3 km distance and that too at a walkable distance.

Note – I have not decided that first I will visit this, the second I will visit that. Our plan is to cover from nearest to farthest.

So, the first place we added to our list is Victoria Memorial which is about 2 km from the hotel. It is built to commemorate Queen Victoria. The hall is well maintained and it’s beautiful both from outside and inside with a garden all around enhancing its overall beauty.

There are various entry gates for Victoria Memorial and museum entry price is Rs. 20 per person.

Note – Don’t try to touch anything inside from your hands. Instead, touch with your eyes.

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Howrah Bridge

Howrah bridge - Heart of Kolkata City
Howrah bridge

As soon as we stepped out of the Victoria Memorial. We saw a yellow taxi and thought why not to feel the vibe of sitting in this yellow heart.

But, to go where?

To go at the pride of Kolkata – The Howrah Bridge.

The driver charged around Rs 200 to drop and back to our Hotel.

And finally, we reached the World’s Busiest Bridge.

We wanted to get down at the iconic bridge –

Me – Please stop on the Bridge itself.

Driver – Sorry, I cannot because no driver can stop at Howrah Bridge because if we do we will be penalized.

i.e There is no stopping in between as the traffic will be on a continuous roll. So, the driver stopped after the bridge.

Note – Before stepping on the bridge if you are coming from the south end of Howrah Bridge there is a Malik Ghat flower market, very famous towards your left.

We Spent some time admiring the beauty of the iconic Howrah bridge of Kolkata city, a good time of 1 -2 hr.

Our driver took us back to our Hotel as it’s our first day and the heat made us very tired.

At night, after having some rest we back again on the streets of Kolkata city to have our dinner and –

Can you guess what we ate?

Hint – it’s a famous Bengali sweet.

okay, it’s called Mishti Doi.  Ahh, now you remembered right. The day ended in Kolkata on a sweet note.

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Day – 2

Bhowanipore - Kolkata travel guide
Bhowanipore town from Hotel

The Next Morning started with some rain.

Hence, I have noticed that Kolkata people start their work early and were always disciplined. The youngsters here are passionate about Football, in the evening at every alternate street you can witness some children playing football here in the old city of Kolkata.

Today, our plan is to take the Kolkata metro.

But where to?

We have decided to go Indian Museum from Kolkata Metro.

The Museum is in Park Street (Jawaharlal Nehru Road) and we took a Metro from Nehru Bhawan station which was just 2 stations away from Park Street and the cost was around Rs. 10 – Rs. 15 for a token to reach our destination.

The Meto looks very old fashioned and resembled like to our Indian Railways, to be honest.

Indian Museum

Indian Museum - Kolkata City
Indian Museum

We reached the Indian Museum at around 9 a.m and the opening time of the museum is 10 a.m. and probably we have to wait till the doors opened.

The Museum looks surreal! Like some Hollywood set for me, never seen a museum like that which is founded in 1814 which is the earliest and largest in the Indian subcontinent.

The price is Rs 20 per adult and Rs. 500 per adult for foreigners. You can check the timings of the museum here.

The Museum has the collection of Arts globally covered –

  1. Coin Gallery
  2. Mammal Gallery
  3. Paintings Gallery
  4. Textile Gallery etc. I have never seen a museum like this before.

We spent some good time like a 2hr – 3h.

Since the Indian Museum is in Park Street than why not explore mind asked?

Yes, we did.

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Park Street

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This for Kolkata is like a Connaught place for Delhi, you will find everything from eateries to clothing in this area with the pubs and clubs too. Happening place of Kolkata city and mostly preferred for shopping.

You can also find hotels here if you want to make most of your Kolkata city trip then stay options in these areas are also available –

  1. Esplanade
  2. Bhowanipore (most welcome). Also, these areas have popular attractions among tourists.
  3. New Town

Eden Gardens

I have seen Eden Gardens from Outside because there is no permit to go in. Watching a cricket stadium from inside is still in the list to do.

Princep Ghat

Princep Ghat
Princep Ghat

Located between the Watergate and the St. George’s Gate of the Fort Williams and near to the New bridge of Kolkata.

Near the riverside is a blissful moment, since it’s heating so we found only a few people hanging out there.

From New Bridge or say from Princep ghat I walked along many Ghats like Babu ghat in between and reached Howrah bridge and my phone showed that I have walked for approx. 4km, and on that particular day a total of 12kms and this is the thing I talked about in my previous post Test your feet is the best way to see the unseen.

And, we walked from Princep ghat till Howrah Bridge, crossing babu ghat and flower market.

It’s one more round of the iconic Howrah bridge of Kolkata.

Going a bit further of the Howrah bridge there comes the Howrah railway station.

Day – 3

It was again raining in the morning, that’s why I listed this place favorite in monsoon.

We booked the cab and set our destination for the last day to Eco Park. But it opens at 2:30 p.m in summers so we decided to talk a walk in the New town of Kolkata city.

City Centre 2 Kolkata 

City Centre 2

City Centre 2 is a mall in the New Town. Eco Park is about 20 km away from city center 2 mall and we have our breakfast before leaving for Eco-park.

After spending 2hr we took a battery rickshaw and reached our destination but again we reached much before time and I sat by the roadside itself 😂 until the gate opened because it’s an open road and very few vehicles pass by.

Again monsoon, it started raining again 🌧️ and that too heavily this time.

Eco Park

Eco park
Eco park

As soon as the gates opened people rushed like anything to India’s largest park.

Note – The prices for tickets for entering Eco Pak are Rs. 30

The timings for Summers are –

  1. Opening in the afternoon at 2:30 p.m. and closing in the night at 8:30 p.m.

The timings For Winters are –

  1. Opening in the afternoon at 12:00 p.m. and closing in the night at 7 p.m.

When I entered, genuinely didn’t know where to go. Since it has 3-4 directions. I checked on the map inside the park and decided to go on Island after touring the whole park.

A little bit about Eco Park

Yes, you heard it right the Eco-park of Kolkata has an Island inside the park. The Park is spread along 480 acres and 104 acres of the water body and inside there’s an island.

The park is so huge that it took us 3hrs to take a complete one round, exploring step by step.

To reach this hidden island you need a boat ride to reach because it’s in the middle of the water. The ride will be going to cost on a 30min – 2hr basis.

For 30 min it will be around Rs 200 – Rs 250.

The Park is so neat and clean and well-developed and its amazing location will make you fall in love with this Park of Kolkata new town city.

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Sunset at Eco Park
Sunset at Eco Park

After Exploring the whole park, it’s now time to leave and catch the flight from Kolkata Airport (Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport).

The Kolkata turned out to be a memorable one. I hadn’t expected these moments from my Kolkata trip.

But as we say “every city has some surprises for you” And that’s it from the city of joy, – The Kolkata city.

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Kolkata City Guide | A Comprehensive Guide to the City of Joy
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Kolkata City Guide | A Comprehensive Guide to the City of Joy
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As soon as I landed on the Kolkata airport the first impression was exactly the same as I thought it would be. The neat and clean environment surrounded by yellow taxis made my day. Even I have the same opinion about old Kolkata too. Let's see how you can plan your visit to Kolkata.
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