The cultural capital of India is certainly a delight to visit. There is no other place to go if you wish to have a thorough dip in the rich Bengali culture which dates back to least 350 years ago. Here you will get to see a bit of everything from literature, drama, to vibrant festivities and historical detours. There are various things to do in Kolkata for Adults. Kick start your Kolkata endeavour by visiting the most prominent places in the city such as Marble Palace, Science City and Nicco Park. Go to Victoria Memorial which is situated in the centre of the city. Known for its unique architecture, the white marble building is one of the most significant structures in the city. Ensure to give a tour to Victoria Memorial Garden while you are at it. Apart from these are various museums as well like Birla Industrial & Technological Museum, Indian Museum and Gurusaday Museum. The Indian Museum is the oldest in India and houses a wide variety of artefacts. Ensure to visit the temples while you are at it. The Dakshineshwar Kali Temple and Kalighat Kali Temple are among the top 10 places to visit in Kolkata. Complete the trip by giving a nice visit to the famous Howrah Bridge which is not only an engineering masterpiece but is a spectacle on its own.
Things to do in Kolkata for youngsters
With its traditional vibes and serious character, you would think that Kolkata is only for adults who come here to enjoy its cultural affluence. Which is totally not true! There is an array of activities and myriad of things to do in Kolkata for youngsters. Of course, you can start with Victoria Memorial which is a must see here. Apart from these, there are places Jorasanko Thakur Bari a residence cum museum of Bengal's prominent figure- Rabindranath Tagore. There are various in southern Kolkata which you can give a proper visit like Rabindra Sarovar, The South City Mall, The Birla Temple, Royal Calcutta Golf Club, The Tollygunge Club and National Library of India. Have a leisurely stroll at Rabindra Sarovar, visit the home of Bengali films Tollywood or explore the numerous sports in clubs. China Town known for its food is one of the best places to visit in Kolkata for youngsters.
Things to do in Kolkata for Couples
If you are coming with your partner, there are a lot of things to do in Kolkata for couples as well. Though you might not get the over exaggerated sort of couple fun here. But, you can enjoy the subtle things here as there are many hangout places in Kolkata for couples. Visit the Rabindra Sarovar with your beloved, walk through the Howrah Bridge, Hop through the myriad museums here or just chill out in one of the many food points in the city. The china town is a must if you're coming here. The place is also known for great markets with Big Bazaar being the major one. Take her on of the many markets as shopping in Kolkata, with myriad vendors speaking in their Bangla influenced Hindi and a lovely hospitality, is probably one of the most entertaining adventures you will have here.
Things to do in Kolkata this weekend
Have been here since days and now it's weekend. Wondering what to do in Kolkata this weekend? Go on a shopping spree (shopping in Kolkata is a must) in one of the many markets, tucked away nicely in the varied nooks and corners in the city. Ensure to stop at Chowringhee market where you can everything from food to clothing and accessories. Pay a visit to the Eden gardens to see one of the world's most popular stadium. You can also visit the Indoor stadium and Akashwani Bhavan if you want. Take a detour to Fort William and spend some quiet time there.
Things to do in Kolkata in one day
Save one day for a visit to Burrabazar, the biggest wholesale place in the city. Coming here, you probably won't have to think about the things to do in Kolkata today as the place have enough material to keep you engaged the whole day. Rest aside all the normal things- temple visiting or museum hopping and dedicate this to satiate your inner foodie. The range of traditional Bengali food, from Mishti Doi, Rosshogulla to Phuchka, From Fish Malai Curry to delicious shukto, you can have it all here. If you not for traditional food, there are various other things to eat in Kolkata as well. Go backpacking the streets and taste the various street food that the place has. All of which mixed with the hospitality and warmth will make this tour a great one.
Things to do in Kolkata at night
Don't get the wrong idea that the city is all about tradition and temples, it has a bustling nightlife as well. In fact, there are myriad things to do in a Kolkata nightlife expedition. Kolkata is home to various pubs and clubs all of which comes to life at night. There is an underground music station as well which is greatly inspired by London's underground Railway. Not one for clubbing has a nice dine in water lounge or go for a quintessential dhaba dinner. You can also enjoy a live music session in the academy of fine arts. Ensure to enjoy some views in Princep ghat or try cruising in Outram Ghat.
Things to do in Kolkata in December
While Kolkata is in full buzz during October and November (all due to Durga Puja), the city certainly sees its bloom in December. Thanks to the upcoming Christmas festivities you get a lot of things to do in Kolkata in December. There are various things to buy in Kolkata and more than that, to explore! The victoria memorial garden is always a good idea to visit, especially when the fountains are buzzing with the light illuminating the whole place. Go to the botanical garden and witness the vast range of plants there. The markets like Mullik Ghat Flower Market are surely get packed with visitors this time.
Things to do in Kolkata for free
While is already very cheap on pockets (compared to the other places in the country), there are many things in Kolkata which you can certainly get for free. Have a visit to the South Park Street Cemetery and walk around for a while in its serene surrounding. Markets like the New Market or commonly called as Sir Stuart Hogg Market and Terri Morning Market are also free for visitors, of course, until you are buying something which you will definitely tempt to do. Learn more about the life and history of Mother Teresa in the Mother Teresa House or take the dip in the cool water in one of its many ghats. Bask in the quietude of Belur Math and Salt Lake of Kolkata. The temples like Kalighat Kali Temple and Dakshineswar Kali Temple are great places to see in Kolkata for free.
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Museum, Memorial, Family And Kids
1 Queen's Way, Kolkata, India
10:00 am - 05:00 pm
One of the prominent attractions in Kolkata, Victoria Museum is all about its colonial past; and that's what you are going to see here. The place is home to an exclusive museum exhibiting numerous artefacts like the statue of Queen Victoria and such, and enlightening its guests of those colonial times. Just walk around the premises, relishing the sight of its beautiful architecture, brush up your knowledge on city's history and have a walk down the old times when Kolkata had been the flourishing centrepiece of British rule. Over the time, the place has become a proud symbol of Kolkata and you can definitely see the fact in its bustling crowd.
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Family And Kids, Tomb, Heritage Building
54A, Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Rd, Taltala, Kolkata, West Bengal
08:00 am - 06:00 pm
The Mother House in Kolkata is where Mother Teresa has been laid to rest and it also houses her room and its items. This place is just like Mother was; simple and pure. More than what you see, what you experience at this place will stay with you forever. You can experience a feeling of contentment and your hope in humanity is rekindled when you visit this ashram. You can just sit at Mother’s tomb and meditate and feel like she is with you at that moment.
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Religious Site, Temple, Family And Kids
May Dibas Pally, Dakshineswar, Kolkata, West Bengal 700076
05:00 am - 08:00 pm
Visiting this renowned temple is one of the most recommended things to do in the city and can be best done during non-festive seasons as the crowd get lesser during this time. Just entering the premises will let you have an idea on just how revered this place is. You can find hundreds of people around, paying offerings and prayings, not to mention the vibes surrounding here, it all come together to create a serene atmosphere where you can delve in for an entire day. Come here to experience spirituality and save yourself some time to introspect.
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Stadium, Family And Kids
Maidan, BBD Bagh, Kolkata, West Bengal 700021
12:01 am - 12:00 am
One of the must visit places in Kolkata, Eden garden is popular for its stadium which has seen some of the most spectacular matches in the history. Coming here will let you have a deep insight into the world of crickets, its past victories and losses, and practically everything about it! If you are a true cricket fan (like the majority of the country folks), you certainly would not like to miss this! It better if you get a chance to visit Kolkata when one of such matches are held. If not, no need to be disappointed! The grand stadium is still as much of spectacle to see.
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Religious Site, Family And Kids, Cathedral
Maidan, Kolkata, West Bengal 700071
10:00 am - 06:00 pm
The sight of this colonial style church is as better as it gets. In fact, if you are one of those folks who shares an ardent love for history, there can be no better place than this. Admire its beautiful architecture that will just take your breath away (from the very first sight) and then walk around, and admire it some more. The tranquillity of its surrounding is like a quiet refuge from the cacophony of the city. Ensure to click some pictures while you are at it. A place worth visiting.
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Landmark, View Point, Bridge
Howrah Bridge, Fairley Place, Kolkata, West Bengal
A trip to Kolkata can never be complete without a visit to this bridge. In many ways, it has become the symbol of the city itself. The elegant architectural piece is unique and is flocked to by visitors from all over the world. Have a drive through it and witness the endearing sight of waters and the surrounding. Though, the view can be best witnessed in nights when the whole city gets abuzz with lights and hustle. Click a picture while you are at it. Don't disappoint if you can't linger here for long. it is, after all, one of the busiest routes in the city.
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Park street, Kolkata, West Bengal
Have you heard of the street that never sleeps? Right here in Kolkata, you have every imaginable indulgence on one hip, fashionable street called Park Street. It is home to pubs and restaurants that can be called some of the best in the entire city. The street is witness to a plethora of activities and is always abuzz with enthusiastic revellers. Come here to experience how Kolkata lets her hair down after a long day at work.
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Family And Kids, Streets
Bowbazar, Kolkata, West Bengal 700007
11:00 am - 07:00 pm
Popularly known as ‘Boi Para’, the College Street is a hot point for Kolkata’s readers and literature lovers. Home to the prime literary institutions of the city like University of Calcutta, Presidency College and such, this popular attraction is a charming place to come and spend some time in. The place was established around 18th century alongside the Hindu College to provide more strength to the education system the city. But today, it has become more than that! The market is literally a second home for book lovers and draws tourists from all over the world regularly. Coming here on any given day, you can see a range of makeshift book stalls selling nearly all kind of literature work, magazines, syllabus books and what not! Enthusiastic vendors, amiable people and like-minded crowd, this is what gives this place its edge.
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Park, Family And Kids
Major Arterial Road(South-East), Action Area II, New Town, Kolkata, West Bengal 700156
12:00 pm - 08:30 pm
Coming here and witnessing its beauty is one of the best things to do in Kolkata and something you would not like to miss. Walk around and explore the various sides of the park, which is a result of a well-structured plan. Stroll through the wild flower meadows or just lie down in the lush spreads of grassland area. And if that's not enough for you, the tropical tree garden and bonsai garden will lure you in for a nice time. Don't forget to see the tea garden and Cactus Walk while you are at it. There is a play area too that will cater to you if you are with kids.
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Cemetery, Family And Kids
184, Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Road, Park Street area, Kolkata, West Bengal 700017
11:00 am - 06:00 pm
The Park Street Cemetery was one of the earliest non-church cemeteries in the world, and probably the largest Christian cemetery outside Europe and America in the 19th century. Opened in 1767 on what was previously a marshy area, the cemetery was in use until about 1830 and is now a heritage site, protected by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). A quaint place to sit and chat, the cemetery offers nature and peace at its quietest. You can stroll around and see tombs dating hundreds of years back and wonder how the lives of these people must have been.
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Science Museum, Children Museum, Family And Kids
Science City, J.B.S Haldane Avenue, Kolkata, West Bengal 700046
09:00 am - 09:00 pm
If you are visiting the city with your family, it is probably the best place to entertain your kids. The science centre is home to a range of attractions including a space theatre, evolution park and a cable car. Visit the space theatre and discover the mysteries of the Universe, watch a nice fun show in 3D theatre or Ride the time machine and road train around. A cable car ride is a must while you are here. A truly unforgettable place to take you children to and let them learn with some fun.
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Religious Site, Temple, Family And Kids, Architecture
29, Ashutosh Chowdary Ave, Ballygunge, Opposite Ballygunge Post Office, Kolkata, West Bengal 700019
05:30 am - 09:00 pm
Discover spirituality in this old temple of the bustling city. Coming here the first thing you will witness is the crowd and holy vibes. The place houses an beautiful statue of Lord Krishna and her beloved Radha, which makes it a quite frequented place among tourists and pilgrims. The best time of visiting it, though, would be in the morning when morning prayers take place and let the whole premises abuzz with melodious chanting. Ensure to come here to seek the blessings of the deities while you are here, as it is a must to do in Kolkata.
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Waterfront, View Point, Leisure, Family And Kids
Fort William, Hastings, Kolkata, West Bengal 700021
For those who wish to experience Kolkata in its sacred essence must definitely come here at least once during their visit. Though there are a number of ghats in the city, this one particularly remains people’s favourite owing to the spectacular views of its surrounding. Coming here, you can see the architecture, that despite being worn out has plenty of charm. Just beside the place lies a beautiful park where you can get a nice motor free boat ride around the blues of the Hooghly enjoying the views of Howrah Bridge from there. It is said that the evening sunset in the place is one of the best things to see and experience in Kolkata.
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Market, Street Market, Family And Kids
Lindsay St, New Market Area, Dharmatala, Taltala, Kolkata, West Bengal 700016
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
The New Market is located on the Lindsay street in Kolkata and is among the top shopping destinations in the city. Be it clothes, accessories or antiques, there is no dearth in the number of things found here. Always bustling with folks and tourists alike, New Market is a place where people come to buy cheap products, given the range and diversity you get here. The place even has a range of farm products including meat, poultry, fresh vegetables, fruits and such to entertain. The vendors are friendly and often helps their guests in find the best pick out of the bunch. Looking for a shopping place? Don’t think twice and just land in here!
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Family And Kids, Lake
Dhakuria, Rabindrasarovar Area, Kolkata, West Bengal 700045
The lake is situated in South Kolkata and a calm place to be in. From here, you can get amazing views of the south city. If you are looking for a picnic fun, this place will definitely cater to you. If you are on a solo trip, come here to just lie down and experience the tranquillity (Not being a very popular site certainly has its perks). For a book lover, the view of lake coupled with its green spreads and quiet ambience makes up for an unmatchable experience.