Kolkata (formally Calcutta) in the state of West Bengal is an amazing example of East meets west.
Kolkata’s roots lie in the powerful European expansion of the 17th century. The city became the showpiece capital of the British Raj in 1772. Things remained this way until 1912, when the British moved the capital city to Delhi. In 2001, the city was officially renamed Kolkata.
Though the former name conjures up poverty, despair, squalor and urban decay, Kolkata is a compelling medley of ancient and modern with its skyscrapers and Raj-era architecture. It’s colourful, effervescent and overflowing with life and tradition.
In the city, the imposing marble Victoria Memorial that was opened by the Prince of Wales in 1921 is often called the ‘Taj’ of the British Raj. It overlooks the grassy Maidan, the city’s green belt or ‘lung’.
Other popular sights include New Market – a bazaar on Chowringhee Road, the stately Indian Museum founded in 1814 and the oldest and largest in India, Park Street Cemetery where many well-known figures from the Raj lie buried, St Paul’s Cathedral and the extraordinary Marble Palace which houses paintings by Rubens, Titian and Reynolds.
To get you started with planning your holiday to Kolkata, we have showcased below some popular itineraries requested by our clients which we hope will inspire your visit to India
Tailormade Holidays to Kolkata
On the Go are expert at planning holidays in India — tailored to suit your individual requirements. Please have a look at some of the tailormade itineraries below that we have created for our clients which include Kolkata.
The Hindustan International is a modern hotel, stylishly furnished throughout with a peaceful outdoor pool and well manicured lawns. The hotel also boasts a trendy underground nightclub.
The Hotel offers a refined and relaxed atmosphere, with a warm, classic yet contemporary style. Pearl Hotel is an outstanding address for the discerning traveller who will appreciate the uncluttered comfort of the 34 well appointed rooms and a view over Salt Lake Stadium.
The Peerless Inn is a traditional, comfortable hotel with modern amenities in each room. The rooms are a good size.
For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.
Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.
Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.
Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!
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