Kolkata, also known as the City of Joy, is India's third largest metropolitan city. Situated on the eastern banks of river Hooghly, Kolkata is East India's most important commercial, cultural, and educational centre with a rich history that dates back several centuries.
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The innumerable options of hotels in Kolkata start from economical prices while you can also opt for moderately priced and luxury hotels according to your preferences.
Places to Visit in Kolkata
Earlier known as Calcutta, this hub of regional art, culture and literature attract many tourists each year which creates a demand for several budget hotels that can offer great comfort and value to its visitors. Kolkata is home to many industrial units operated by large public and private sector corporations, hence the city attracts many corporate and business travellers from all parts of the country. Kolkata is also known for its literary, artistic and revolutionary heritage. Explore the beauty of Kolkata and witness the exquisite and magnificent pieces of exemplary architecture in the city by checking out the renowned Victoria Memorial, Indian Museum, Marble Palace, Birla Industrial & Technological Museum, Science City, Jorasanko Thakur Bari, National Library of India, Nehru's Children Museum, Maritime Museum, Calcutta High Court, Raj Bhavan, Town Hall, Writer's Building, General Post Office (GPO) and Shaheed Minar or Tower of the Martyrs.
There is also a list of pocket-friendly shopping places in Kolkata. Apart from these, there are many natural and artificial places of tourist interest like Alipore Zoo, Rabindra Sarovar, Salt Lake Central Park, New Town Eco Park, Eden Gardens, Salt Lake Stadium, Royal Calcutta Turf Club, Dakshineswar Kali Temple, Kalighat Kali Temple, Birla Temple, Tipu Sultan Mosque, St. Paul's Cathedral, St. John's Church, Rabindra Setu or Howrah Bridge and Vidyasagar Setu. To witness the happening nightlife of Kolkata one must definitely make a visit to the famous cafes and clubs at Park Street and Camac Street.
Hotels in Kolkata
Being one of the most popular cities in India, tourists can easily find budgeted accommodation around the city. OYO offers the best deal for a comfortable and affordable stay while being one of the best budget hotels in Kolkata. Likewise, OYO Rooms is a perfect option for those wanting to stay at 3-star hotels in Kolkata. Be a part of Kolkata’s cultural and happening life by staying at the hotels near Kolkata Airport but within a budget. OYO Elite is one of Kolkata’s finest luxury boutique hotels located strategically near the Victoria Memorial. Get pampered home style by staying at the 3-star hotels in Kolkata near the posh residential areas in Kolkata like Ballygunge, Camac Street, Alipore, New Alipore etc. If you are looking for a comfortable stay with modern amenities, there are large number hotels in Sector V (Salt Lake City), offering a variety of accommodations from budget hotels to the most lavish properties.
OYO Rooms is dedicated to outstanding service and hospitality making it an ideal budget hotel near Kolkata Airport or Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport. OYO offers 2-star hotels in Kolkata which provide comfortable and budget accommodation who wish to have a homely feel during their stay at hotels in Bara Bazar Kolkata. One can stay at hotels near Howrah Bridge to witness the exquisite beauty of the Hooghly River in Kolkata. Explore the famous tourist attractions by staying at the budget hotels in Kolkata with easy connectivity to Kolkata metro and trams. OYO Rooms, India’s Largest Branded Network of Hotels offers a varied range of hotels in Kolkata.
OYO Rooms provide numerous stay options at hotels near Howrah Railway Station. OYO also offers long stay options for those who are looking for hotels in Kolkata for a longer duration within a budget. OYO Homes offer 3-star hotels near Kolkata Railway Station offer the most comfortable stay option for corporate and leisure travellers alike. There are multiple hotels near Sealdah Railway Station for travellers visiting the city for work but with a desire to explore the rich culture of the city. Kolkata is also known to be one of the culturally rich destinations in India, With attractions like Armenian Church and Eden Gardens, BBD Bagh- Dalhousie Square is a tourist hub. There are many museums, restaurants, and parks for visitors to explore. OYO has accommodation in Kolkata at a varied price range for the comfort of the guests.
The OYO hotels near airport, Kolkata make for an ideal stay option for both tourists and individuals on a short stay.OYO also provides special offers for couples who wish to have a comfortable stay at hotels in Esplande Kolkata. OYO offers an array of budget hotels near Howral Railway Station suitable for frequent travellers. Likewise, there are various hotels near Birla Temple Kolkata which offer services to make your stay pleasant. Moreover, leisure travellers can ideally stay at the near Chowringhee with a mesmerizing view of the city's exquisite skyline. There are various resorts near Kolkata where people can visit for a weekend getaway.
Events in Kolkata
Durga Puja No city celebrates festivals like the City of Joy. The Durga Puja is the most important festival of Kolkata celebrating the victory of good over evil. The streets and alleys are lit up for the city’s biggest public spectacle and art event. Shops and restaurants stay open all night long as festivities are in full swing. Songs and hymns echo through the streets as families visit the artistically designed Pandals throughout the night. Scrumptious food and sweets are distributed among people. Families and friends exchange presents and happiness during these six day-long celebrations. The festival concludes with a large procession that carries the deity among cheers and revelry to immerse it in the holy waters of Ganga. The popular festival draws thousands of tourists from the country and abroad. Indulge in the spirit of the largest outdoor art festival by booking an OYO in the city suiting your budget. You are in for an experience of a lifetime!
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Questions and Answers
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What are some of the budget and premium accommodation options in Kolkata?
The very best time to visit Kolkata is between the months of October to March. The climate is pleasant during this period and you can also take in the festivities of the grand Durga Pooja celebrations if you time it right. The International Book Fair is also scheduled during these months, making this a great time for a visit. April and May are avoidable as the temperatures tend to soar here making sightseeing quite a tedious process.
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What are the activities to do in Kolkata?
Apart from being famous for its Durga Pooja festivities, there is much that Kolkata has to offer. Some of the places worth seeing are Victoria Memorial, Fort William, Nakhoda Mosque, Pareshwanath Temple and many others. The famous Howrah Bridge is a popular attraction here and of course, the 200-year-old Kalighat Kali Temple. The largest library (by volume) in the country is also located in Kolkata- the National Library has over 2.2 million books. The building itself presents some very impressive architecture too.
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What is the best food that you can eat here?
A trip to Kolkata is incomplete if you do not taste the tasty Roshogollas here. The best place for those is K.C. Das. Mouth-watering sweet Sandesh from Nakur Nandy is another don’t-miss item. Bhim Chandra Nag is another famous place for traditional Bengali sweets. Street foods like puchkas, a Kolkattan cousin of the pani puri, are best tasted at Vivekananda Park. Maharaaja Chat Centre, Southern Avenue is your go-to place for the tangy, tasty churmur, another popular snack here. Head to Zaika at Park Street for Kathi Rolls. Don’t forget to get a taste of authentic Kolkata Luchi Alu Dum at Fairlie Place too.
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Is the city covered by Metro/bus network? What is the best way to travel across the city?
The bus service is quite reliable and you can definitely use the public transport system to travel in and around Kolkata. You can even choose from AC, Non AC buses, regular and luxury. The best part is that bus travel is quite affordable too. The tram service is still functional in some parts of the city, if you want to experience this ride. There are share autos on some routes that offer an affordable, if crowded, travel option. Hand drawn cycle rickshaws are still quite a common sight here on the streets. The Metro trains are also a viable option but since service is fairly limited right now they are not as convenient as the bus network.
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Where can I get the famously fried snacks of Kolkata to bring home for friends?
The best place for fried snacks, that is telebhaja, is right at College Street. Kalika Mukhorochok is a little shop here where all the locals flock to buy the unusual snacks like fried brinjals, egg chops, fried fish etc. Keep in mind that the shop is only open from 4 to 8 pm in the evenings and the snacks are emptied out by eager customers quickly. If you want to have a huge variety to choose from then you have to head here early.
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What is there for kids to see in Kolkata?
For school-age kids, a visit to Science City may be the best thing to do. Every field of science is represented here, there is much to see and learn about the earth, an evolution park with robotic prehistoric creatures and more to keep kids enthralled. Nicco Park is where you will find some thrilling Disneyland type rides alongside interesting food options and awesome shopping- great for the entire family. Older children might like the Birla Industrial and Technological Museum- 12 galleries covering a range of subjects including physics, maths, life science, biotech and more.
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Does Kolkata have an active nightlife scene? Suggest some places where I can hang out.
A peaceful city by day, Kolkata does transform into a happening city by night. Tantra, at Park Hotel, is the most well-known dance destination here spread over 5000 square feet with plush interiors. A British style pub that offers live music, amazing finger food and of course, great drinks, SomePlace Else, also at Park Hotel, is a good option. Shisha Reincarnated in Camac Street, is no longer the hookah bar it used to be in 2003 but a full-fledged bar plus lounge that draws a lot of the young crowd.