Kolkata, or in English Calcutta, is the capital of West Bengal, one of India’s states. Kolkata is the main cultural, educational and commercial center in East India. The city has 4.5 million inhabitants, but the urban agglomeration is actually the home of more than 14 million people. Kolkata Airport is called Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport is located 17 kilometers outside the city. Known as the Dum Dum Airport as well, it is the fifth busiest airport in India, with passenger traffic of 10 million persons per year. If you arrive at Kolkata Airport, look for a car hire desk and rent a car for your stay in India. It will help you have a comfortable trip around the city.
The cultural capital of India, Kolkata, is an “in your face city” for every visitor that arrives here. You will love it, or you will hate it, but definitely you will never forget it. There are many things to see in the city spread along the Hooghly River, one of the Ganges tributaries. For tourists, the most interesting things to see are in the south part of the river.
There are some major points that nobody can miss, like the Gurusaday Museum, on the Diamond Harbor Road, the Jawahar Shishu Bhawan, and the Sabarna Sangrahashala, in Barisha. You will have to take a long walk along the Chowringhee Road, to discover a rare and unique city. Get lost in the Maidan and admire the Fort William, an impressive building dating from the British colonization. You will find there an Indian museum as well, with an incredible collection of Buddhist Gandharan art. Continue your walk to the Howrah Bridge and the Town Hall, admiring the architecture style of the city.
All these attractions were in the old part of the city, but visitors need to explore way more. You will need a car, so make sure you rent a car at Kolkata Airport before arriving in the city. A car will give you the opportunity to visit all the districts and the surrounding of Kolkata. Do not miss the Eden Gardens, the Outram Ghat, which will offer a great view of the busiest bridge in the world, the Rabindra Sarovar, perfect for picnics and walks. Also, any visitor in Kolkata should explore the temples in and around the city. The Birla Temple and Kalighat are a must for any traveler!