Things to Do in Kolkata

Things to Do in Kolkata

Take a tour of the Victoria Memorial, Watch the collision of the cosmos at M P Birla Planetarium, Take a walk along the Ganges, Take a ferry ride near the classic Howrah Bridge, Go to Belur Math and many more.

From taking a stroll along the mighty Ganges, exploring the colorful alleys and primeval buildings in the north to shopping in one of the largest shopping malls in the city, there are innumerable things to do in Kolkata. The City of Joy has carefully preserved the traces of the colonial era through time which is reflected in the majestic monuments, carrying the enigma of the previous century.

You can take a walk through the streets and alleys of Kolkata at leisure and see the vintage charm that the city is famous for. The cauldron of cultures and religion that the city is will grow on you once you start exploring some of the greatest points on interest in the city.

Being the city of gourmets, Kolkata homes various restaurants and eateries that offer sumptuous meals for you to gorge on. You can also shop your heart out in some of the best malls and arcades in Kolkata. The City of Joy has something in store for travelers of all ages and tastes. The list of activities to do in Kolkata runs long.
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Victoria Memorial

It is a beautiful White Marble structure which began making in 1906 and was completed by 1921. While it originally got built with the idea of dedicating a memorial to Queen Victoria of Britain, it has now turned into a museum that attracts numerous people due to its stunning architecture and display.

The artistic monument is a mixture of British as well as Mughal form of architecture. Inside the huge fortress is a museum that has 25 galleries featuring sculptures, portraits, national leaders, arms, and armour. Moreover, it has unique, and original  works of William Shakespeare, Omar Khayyam, as well as Arabian Nights.

Location: Victoria Memorial Hall, 1, Queens Way, Maidan, Kolkata.

-Rs. 30 for Indians,
-Rs. 100 for citizens of the SAARC countries,
-Rs. 500 for nationals of all other countries.

-From 10 am to 6 pm (Tuesday- Friday)and,
-From 10 am - 8 pm (Saturday, Sunday).

Best time to visit: October and March.

Howrah Bridge

This one tops the list of places to see in Kolkata, probably because it gets so often portrayed in movies. It was constructed in 1943 replacing the Pontoon Bridge and is made of steel. Due to the immense popularity that the bridge has, tourists from far and wide travel to Kolkata just to visit the amazing bridge.

One will be amazed to see the view from the bridge in the evening. The entire river Hoogli seems like an endless lake with the sun going down into the horizon. The suspended bridge ranks 6th amongst the longest bridges in the world.

Location: Hooghly RIver, Kolkata.

Best Time To Visit: In the Evening.

Botanical Garden

Previously known as the Calcutta Botanical Garden, the garden was established in 1786. It is spread over 270 acres of land. The present name of the garden is Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Indian Botanical Garden.

As the name suggests, the garden is full of plants, trees, and flowers related to the field of botany. At the moment, the garden is a home for over 12000 perennial plants that are still alive. One of the best attractions here is the giant Banyan Tree which forms the second largest canopy in the world. Also, the garden features over 1400 exotic species of plants, and trees.

Location: Botanical Garden Road B Shalimar Area Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Botanical Garden, Area, Howrah, West Bengal 711103.

-INR 10/- for Indians and
-INR 100/- for foreigners.

Timing: 10 am to 5 pm, ( Mondays Closed).

Best time to visit: October to February.

New Town Eco Park

When you’re looking for your leisure day out; the New Town Eco Park spread over 480 acres is one of the best places to visit in Kolkata. It is a recreational area with ample outdoor activities to enjoy with the family. Some such activities include: Ice Skating- enjoy skating on a layer of ice, in a city that never receives snow.

The park features a huge ice-skate arena, and everyone can participate in the same. Kayaking: Yes, it is no surprise that the park also features water sports such as kayaking. Now you don’t have to take outstation trips for this water sport. And Zorbing- not everyone is a fan of the huge zorb ball; however, those who are, simply love it. You can enjoy this sport at the new town eco park.

Apart from the above, cruising, taking a walk at the sangraha which is a beautiful art facility in the park, are some more things that one can enjoy.

Location: Major Arterial Road(South-East), AA II, Newtown, Kolkata, West Bengal 700156.

-2.30 pm - 8.30 pm (Tuesday- Saturday).
-The timing for Sundays and the General holidays are 12 pm- 8.30 pm. Mondays (Closed).

Best Time to Visit: Winter, And Springtime.

Mother Teressa House

The place was the home of India’s most iconic person, Mother Teresa. Because of the great figurine she was, her home now has inevitably become one of the most sought for places to visit in Kolkata.

The building can be easily identified because of its grey color, as well as brown windows. The tomb of Mother Teresa lies on the ground floor of the beautiful building that is run by the ‘Missionaries of Charity House’. Some of the major things that the house features are the prayer cards of Mother Teresa, Mother Mary’s medallion, and many souvenirs as well.

Location: 54A, Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Rd, Ripon Street, Kolkata, West Bengal 700016.

-From 8 pm – 12 pm and
-3 pm – 6 pm (except Thursdays).

Best time to visit: Around Christmas Time.

Fort William

Fort William is named after King Williams and is one of the most popular places to visit in Kolkata. The site was built in 1696, where the builders used bricks and mortar to make this famous fort. Interestingly, the port has a total of 6 gates, namely; WaterGate, Saint Georges, Treasury Gate, Plassey, and Chowringhee.

People who love British architecture will love this place. The gates are an architectural marvel, built by the British. Also, you can get to see the cannons kept on display. These cannons are quite old, and belong to the British. One can easily fall in love with the high roof, wide aisles, and solid structure of this magnificent fort.

Location: Maidan, Fort William, Hastings, Kolkata, West Bengal 700021.

Timing: 10 am to 5 pm everyday.

Best time to visit: Weekdays.

Marble Palace

Marble Palace is an incredibly magnificent maisonette located in Kolkata, along the Babu street, India. As one can rightly guess, the palace is among the few remaining buildings of the nineteenth century. Built in neoclassical style, the mansion continues to be the residence of the heirs of the King.

To give you a scenic background of the mansion, it is surrounded by lush green lawns and beautiful fountains. Galleries run amidst the lawns of the mansion which display artistic statues, portraits, mirrors, chandeliers and paintings created by English, Dutch and Italian artists. It may interest you to know that the mansion also houses a private zoo.

Location: Marble Palace located in Kolkata, West Bengal, in India.

Timing: 10:00am to 4:00PM, everyday.

Best Time To visit: Weekdays.

Dakshineswar Kali Temple

Dakshineswar temple located in West Bengal, India is a commonplace for festivals such as Yatra, Snana, Kalpataru Day, and Kali Puja. Additionally, the temple was started by Rani Rashmoni in the nineteenth century. The temple assumes Bengal architecture, a total of three floors.

Little do people know that the total area of the temple complex measures about 54.4bighas and costs Rani Rashmoni around Rs 42, 500 only. The temple is loved by every Bengali and is considered to be an abode of Goddess Kali. The temple was a dream that Rani Rashmoni dreamt before undertaking a pilgrimage to Varanasi.

Location: Dakshineswar, Kolkata, West Bengal 700076.

-From 6:00 am to 12:30 (midday),and ,
-From 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm, every day.

Best Time to Visit: 6:00AM to 8:00 PM.

Alipore Zoological Gardens

Alipore Zoological Gardens located in Alipore Kolkata, West Bengal. The gardens occupy a total of over 46 acres and houses close to 1266 animals. This zoological garden is among the oldest zoological parks in India today. The garden serves as a habitat for different species of mammals, reptiles, birds as well as primates. Also known as Calcutta Zoo,It is one of the oldest zoological parks established in India.

The Alipore Zoo attracts a flock of tourists from various locations, especially during winters. The Zoo is home to the expired Aldabra giant tortoise 'Adwaita', a tortoise which is almost extinct  (from the year 2006). Nature enthusiasts would love this place due to its abundant and plentiful wildlife.

Location: Alipore, Kolkata, West Bengal, in India.

-INR.5 (aquarium),
-INR.250 (photo) and
-INR.30 (zoo).

Timing: 9:00 am to 4:30 pm (Thursdays closed).

Best time to visit: During morning hours.

Kalighat Kali Temple

It may interest you to know that Kalighat Kali Temple is now over two centuries old. Interestingly, the temple has a highly unique image that differs from most Kali images in Bengal. Kalighat Kali Temple is a popular tourist attraction of Kolkata and is considered as one of the 52 Shakti Peethas of India.

Religious inquisitives may be delighted to know that the temple is said to be the site where the toes of the right foot of Sati fell. In the first phase of construction, only the face of the deity was constructed. Later on, the remaining parts of Kali that included the hands, tongue and jewellery were constructed using gold and silver.

Location: Anami Sangha, Kalighat, Kolkata, West Bengal 700026.

-Nitya Puja opens from 5:30 am to 7:am, every day.
-The Bhog Rag opens from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm (Sandhya Arti 6:30 pm to 7 pm).

Best Time to Visit: 5:30 am to 7:00 am.

Elliot Park

Elliot Park is a huge park that occupies a total area of nearly 90,000 square feet. It may interest you to know that Tata Steel constructed the park. The park consists of several walk-throughs, restaurants, museums as well as outlets. Also, the park is easily accessible as it is located at the center of the city.

It would surprise you to know that the site where the Park is located used to be a dump for offal. In recent years, the dumpsite has been transformed into this beautiful park consisting of fountains and a vast expanse of trees and flowers. It also has sitting space and food stalls for visitors. Due to its easy accessibility, a lot of locals are drawn towards visiting this park in the evenings.

Location: Jawaharlal Nehru Rd, Maidan, Kolkata, West Bengal 700071.

Time: 6:00 am to 10:00 pm, every day.

Best Time to Visit: During Weekends.

Rabindra Sarobar

Rabindra Sarobar is a popular man-made lake, and was previously known as Dhakuria Lake. Today the lake occupies a total area of 300,000 square meters. The lake is surrounded by several trees of different varieties which makes the air around the lake very fresh. You’ll be happy to learn that the lake is close to the Dum Dum airport.

It is one of the most attractive and peaceful places in the city making it a common place for people to take walks or meditate. Additionally, it is also a good canvas for people interested in naturalistic photography.

Location: Dhakuria, Rabindra Sarobar, Kolkata, West Bengal 700029.

Best Time to Visit:
-6:00 am to 4:00 pm, every day
(Although visitors are free to visit the lake during night-time, daytime presents a better experience).

South Park Cemetery

South Park Cemetery is a privately-owned cemetery with a total of 1600 graves. Previously, the South Park cemetery was known as Park Street. The Cemetery has a mix of the Indo-Saracenic as well as the Golic style. You’ll be happy to know that the cemetery has three big restaurants that serve both modern as well as traditional foods.

Opened in 1767, it contains a mix of tombs, cenotaphs and mausoleums protected by a brick wall. The cemetery contains a  number of the graves belonging to famous military and political figures like Sir William Jones, Sir Elijah Impey, Walter Landor Dickens (Son of Charles Dickens), and more. Green mosses and ferns cover most of the cemetery and give an eerie setting to the place.

Location: 52, Park Street, Opp Assembly Of God Church, Kolkata, West Bengal 700017.

Time: 11:00 am to 6:00 pm, every day.

Best Time to Visit: During weekdays in the afternoon.

Birla Planetarium

Birla Planetarium is India’s biggest planetarium that features the largest projection of the night sky in the dome theatre. The structure has one floor and has a design that agrees with the Buddhist Stupa. It was constructed in 1963 and now serves as a museum. Inauguration of the planetarium was done by the then Prime Minister of India, Sri Jawaharlal Nehru. Birla Planetarium is among the largest planetariums in the continent of Asia.

The Birla Planetarium is situated adjacent to St. Paul’s Cathedral and near Victoria Memorial is Kolkata’s landmark. The best fact about this site is that it is constantly upgraded to keep pace with modern technology. Recently in 2017, the planetarium was renovated to incorporate the latest advanced Carl Zeiss Hybrid Projection System.

Paul's Cathedral, 96, Jawaharlal Nehru Road, Adjacent To St, Kolkata, West Bengal 700071.

Pricing: INR.80 per show at the Birla Planetarium.

Time: 11:30 am, 4 pm and 6 pm, (the Telugu Sky) 12:15 pm, 3 pm, 5 pm, and 8:15 pm.

Best Time to Visit: In morning hours.

 Eden Gardens

The Eden Gardens is owned by the Cricket Association of Bengal and has a capacity of 66000. It is interesting to know that the gardens hosted the World cup in 1987 after it got renovated to expand its capacity from 40,000 to 94,000. It may shock you to learn that the stadium is now over 150 years old.

You may already know that the Eden Gardens has the largest seating capacity in India and third-largest seating capacity in the world. It is often referred to as “cricket’s answer to the Coliseum. For cricket lovers, this place is a must visit.

Location: Maidan, B.B.D. Bagh, Kolkata, West Bengal 700021.

Pricing: There is no entry fee to generally visit the stadium.
(Tickets depend on the season and the matches held in the stadium).

Time: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, every day.

Best Time to Visit: During the afternoon.

Nakhoda Masjid

The Nakhoda mosque has a total capacity of 10,000, and was built at a total cost of Rs. 1,500,000 to be built. Kuchhi Memon Jamat is the architect of this magnificent mosque. It may interest you to know that the mosque has a total height of 151 feet. Additionally, there are 25 smaller minarets ranging from 100 feet to 117 feet in height.

The mosque has been named Nakhoda meaning Mariner after the founder of the mosque (Abdur Rahim Osman) who was shipping prince. On any day you would find muslims reverently cleaning the pool and praying in the hall creating a soothing and peaceful religious atmosphere within the mosque.

Location: Rabindra Sarani, Chowringhee North, Bow Barracks, Kolkata, West Bengal 700073.

Time: 6:00 am to 8:00 pm, every day.

Best Time to Visit: Morning before many visitor’s troops in.
You get a better view of this ancient yet magnificent and attractive mosque.

Indian Museum

Indian Museum is among the oldest museums in the world. It was established in 1814, by the Asiatic Society of Bengal in Kolkata. The museum has plenty of ornaments, fossils, ornaments, armors as well as mummies. Also, the outstanding structure has a total of four galleries that are not just dedicated to natural history but also zoological information. If you’re in search of deep historical information, then this is among the best places to visit in Kolkata.

The Gallery is often referred to as 'Jadughar' by the locals of Kolkata. For the interest of people who enjoy ancient artifacts, the Museum has a vast collection of contemporary paintings, sacred writings of Buddha, antique sculptures, ornaments, fossils, skeletons, mughal paintings etc.

Location: 27, Jawaharlal Nehru Rd, Fire Brigade Head Quarter, New Market Area, Dharmatala, Taltala, Kolkata, West Bengal 700016.

Price: INR.30 for Indian citizens and INR.500 per foreigner.

Timing: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm every day.

Best Time to Visit: In the afternoon.

Prinsep Ghats

Prinsep Ghat was constructed in 1841 and is now among the oldest recreational facilities located in Kolkata. The place also has recreational facilities such as boat rides. Millions of visitors come to the place for a memorable pre-wedding shoot due to the picturesque howrah bridge in the background. The hundreds of flowers and trees in Princep Ghat makes it a perfect destination for you and your lover.

It is also an apt place for people who love to be around nature due to the lush greenery around the place. You can organise a picnic, or even camp at the Prinsep Ghats, to enjoy the night around the river Hoogly.

Location: Strand Rd, Maidan, Fort William, Hastings, Kolkata, West Bengal 700021.

Best Time to Visit: In the evening.

Belur Math

Belur Math is a popular temple with a notable design that exhibits different religions such as Christianity, Hindu, Buddhism, as well as Islam. The different exhibits symbolizes unity in terms of religion. Belur Math serves as the nerve-center of the Ramakrishna movement. The unique feature is that the place looks like a mosque, as well as a temple, and also a church, at the same time.

You’ll also notice a statue that sits upon the lotus which is that of Sri Ramakrishna who was the initiator of the Ramakrishna movement. Belur Math is truly among the most preferred places to visit in Kolkata.

Location: Belur, Howrah, West Bengal 711202.

Timing: 8:30AM to 5:30 pm.

Best Time to Visit: Afternoon.

Tipu Sultan Mosque

Tipu Sultan Mosque is among the oldest magnificent mosques of all times. Construction of this capacious mosque ended in 1842, and the place of worship has a staggering capacity of 1000. Prince Ghulam Mohammed is the man behind the breathtaking design of the Tipu Sultan mosque.

Unknown to many, Prince Ghulam was the youngest child of Mr. Tipu Sultan. Despite the fact that this mosque is more than 150 years old, it’s still a huge source of history and heritage. As per the structure of any other mosque, the Tipu Sultan Mosque also has 4 minarets on four corners. In the middle are 16 domes that are painted in green color. Due to the color of the mosque, as well as the intricate carvings, one can spot it from a good distance.

Location: 185, Lenin Sarani Rd, Esplanade, Chandni Chawk, Bowbazar, Kolkata, West Bengal 700013.

Price: The entry fee is required to gain access into the Tipu Sultan Mosque.

Timing: 4:00PM to 6:00PM, evening.

Best Time to Visit: 8:00 am to 11:00 am.

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What are the best things to do in Kolkata?

- Take a tour of the Victoria Memorial: The iconic white marble building built in Indo-Saracenic Architecture. As the name suggests, the magnificent structure was built in the memory of Queen Victoria. It is one of the most visited places in Kolkata.

- Watch the collision of the Cosmos at M P Birla Planetarium: One of the famous landmarks in the city of Kolkata. The Planetarium is the hub for myriad scientific and planetarium activities. You can also enjoy the 35-minute sky show at the Planetarium.

- Witness the charisma of a cathedral built in the Indo-Gothic style of Architecture at the Saint Paul’s Cathedral: Sit back and relish the serene atmosphere of the majestic cathedral. If you are in Kolkata around Christmas, you can take part in the midnight prayers at the Cathedral on Christmas eve.

- Take a walk along the Ganges at Princep Ghat: Princep Ghat, being one of the popular areas of recreational activities in Kolkata, attracts hordes of tourists all around the year. Do not forget to check out the Palladian Porch built in the memory of the antiquary and scholar James Princep. You can also try out some of the famous street foods while taking a walk along the riverside.

- Take a ferry ride near the classic Howrah Bridge: Watch the sky change into the picturesque hues of pink, orange and purple as the sun goes down. The glorious Howrah Bridge, in all its grandeur, is sure to keep you gazing in awe.

- Go to Belur Math or a spiritual retreat: Belur Math is located in Belur, an establishment situated in the west bank of the river Hoogly. The Belur Math is the headquarters of Ramakrishna Math, which was founded by Swami Vivekananda. The architecture of the temple that blends Hindu, Christian, Buddhist and Muslim motifs is in itself a marvel. People of all religions come to this place to connect with their higher self and enjoy the tranquil environment, away from the hustle-bustle of the city.

- Perplexed about what to do in Kolkata? Ride the vintage tram to Esplanade, the famous shopping spree in Kolkata. Trams have been the part and parcel of the everyday Calcutta right from the onset of the previous century. Get off at Esplanade, the stop for all shopping lovers in Kolkata. You can get everything from apparel to artifacts and souvenirs for the best price. Explore the dainty nightlife in Kolkata in Park Street. The bustling area of Park Street, previously known as Mother Teresa Sarani, is the city’s main venue for buzzing nightlife. You can also check out some of the most sought after eateries and restaurants in Kolkata.

What are the best romantic things to do in Kolkata?

If you are looking forward to spending a vivacious time in Kolkata with your significant other, make sure you are not missing out these places:

- Eco-Tourism Park: Located in the New Town area. Spread across 480 acres of land and surrounded by 104 acres of the water body, this park offers a quick escape to natural surroundings amidst the vast cityscape. Couples can enjoy various recreational activities here like Kayaking, Duo Cycling, Land and Water Zorbing, Shikara Riding and more.

- The Nicco Park: It is the place to be if you are looking out for some cheap thrills. Spread across 40 acres, this park offers myriad rides and attractions for the tourists to spend their time on. Some of the most popular rides in Nicco Park are Water Coaster, Moonraker, Cyclone, Paddle Boat, and Toy Train.

- Enjoying the Water Laser show at Mohar Kunj: It is certainly one of the most romantic things to do in Kolkata. Situated at the mighty premises of one of the most popular landmarks in Kolkata, Maidan, Mohar Kunj Park is the destination for a perfect romantic evening. Walk along the well-paved walkways and enjoy the celestial tunes of the beautiful musical fountains in Mohar Kunj.

- Gorge on a sumptuous buffet at the best restaurants in Kolkata: You can also try dining by the poolside at the Waterside Café in Hyatt Regency. You can try various other restaurants and bakeries in Kolkata, much like the famous Flurry’s in Park Street, the bakery known for serving a classic English breakfast.

What are the best adventure activities to do in and near Kolkata?

There are various places in and near Kolkata where you can catch up on some adventure activities that send a rush of adrenaline through your body. The points below elaborate on some of the best adventure activities in Kolkata:

- The Mandarmani Sea Beach at Mandarmani (120 KM from Kolkata City): It is a perfect place to enjoy activities like paragliding and parasailing. Mandarmani makes a perfect weekend getaway. You will also find the chance to engage in various adventure sports activities in the Digha Beach, one of the most popular tourist destinations 180 KM away from Kolkata.

- Darjeeling: the beautiful city nestled at the foothills of Himalayas, offers some of the best paragliding and parasailing options in the country. The beautiful city of Darjeeling, located at a distance of 616 KM from Kolkata is the epicenter of some of the best adventure activities. You can trek through the colorful Rhododendron and Magnolias forests in Sandakphu and Phalut. If you have the stomach for some of the greatest adventures, try white water rafting and kayaking in Darjeeling.

- Panchet Hill located in the Purulia District in West Bengal: It is the perfect destination for moderate mountain biking. If you are looking to catch up on some extreme mountain biking, you must head north to Darjeeling and Kalimpong.

What are the free things to do in Kolkata?

Kolkata is the best destination for a holiday if you are on a tight budget. There are a plethora of things to do in Kolkata for free some of which are listed below:

- Take a tour of one of the biggest book markets in all of Asia: If you are a book lover, the College Street in Kolkata will have you're spoilt for choice. If you are not a bookworm, you can still visit College Street to get a glimpse of the vintage, old-world Calcutta.

- Encounter the ghosts of the past in South Park Street Cemetery: This cemetery, opened in the year 1767, was used as a burial ground for the English. Explore various named and unnamed tombs from the 18th Century Calcutta; build in Indo-Saracenic Style of architecture. You will also find some notable tombs in the yard like that of Henry Louis Vivian Derozio (poet and teacher) and Colin Mackenzie (Surveyor General of Colonial India).

- Visit the iconic National Library: Established in the year 1836 as Calcutta Public Library and check out the huge collections of books and documents in various languages. The National Library is also a point of interest for individuals with a curious mind as it is regarded as one of the most haunted places in Kolkata.

- The ISKCON Temple: Located in Minto Park in Kolkata attracts people from every religion who come seeking the blessings of the Divine Almighty. The place is also popular for its vegetarian meals and cakes.

What are the best things to do in Kolkata with kids?

Listed below are some of the best ideas for a recreational day with kids in Kolkata.

- Take a tour of Science City: The largest science center in India. Feed the young brain with various fun exhibits and interactive pros in the galleries of Science City. The destination offers some of the most thrilling activities for the kids in various space theaters and galleries.

- Engross in water sports activities in Aquatica Amusement Park: The largest water theme park in all of Eastern Asia. The water park not only provides you the access to some of the most thrilling water rides to beat the summer heat, the water park also includes various eateries serving local meals and delicacies.

- If your kids adore pets, you must visit The Love Room: A pet-friendly café in Kolkata, located in the Tollygunj area. Fondle with adorable pets while you enjoy the best Chinese and Continental delicacies served hot.

- Visit Mother’s Wax Museum: Get your kids introduced to the wax statues of more than 50 world-famous celebrities in the Mother’s Wax Museum located in the New Town area in Greater Kolkata. The museum includes the wax statues of famous personalities in sports, literature, music, politics, science, spirituality, and movies. A visit to the wax museum is definitely one of the top things to do in Kolkata.

- Visit Zoological Gardens in Alipore: To top off the tour, you can take the kids to the Zoological Gardens in Alipore. The zoo, opened in 1876, is home to more than 1260+ animals. The zoo is one of the most visited points of interest in Kolkata, attracting around 3 million visitors each year.

What are the best sites for camping near Kolkata?

There are numerous picturesque sites in and near Kolkata that are suitable for camping. Some of them are listed below.

- Located at a distance of 237 KM from Kolkata, the scenic tribal village of Baranti is a perfect destination for camping, trekking and bird watching. Some of the major attractions near the village are the Baranti Reservoir, Muradi Dam and Baranti Hill.

- If you have a yen for rock climbing and are looking forward to some adventure activities to do in Kolkata, you can take a day’s trip to the Ajodhya Hills in the Purulia District in West Bengal. Explore the rich culture and traditions of the tribal villages and soak in the glomming beauty of the surrounding environment. It is one of the best places around Kolkata to go camping.

- One of the most sought-after camping spots near Kolkata is the beautiful mangrove forests of Sundarbans. Experience the unadulterated beauty of the mangroves as you make your way through the enchanting forests.

What are the best amusement parks to visit in Kolkata?

- Embark on a joyous escapade on some of the world-class rides in Nicco Park. The Nicco Park, located in Salt Lake Area in Kolkata, is one of the oldest established amusement parks in the city. The park boasts of having a diverse assemblage of land and water rides.

- Find a respite from the summer heat in Kolkata in the city’s only snow park located in New Town, Greater Kolkata. You can also check out the various rides and snow attractions which are well-liked by kids and adults alike.

- A family picnic in the Nalban Boating Park is sure to be one of the most popular things to do in Kolkata. This place is also known for its food court that serves a wide range of delicacies made of various fish items.

How is the Nightlife in Kolkata? What are some activities that can be done during night?

The Park Street and Salt Lake are the ultimate destinations for people who are looking forward to things to do in Kolkata. There are various pubs and restaurants in Kolkata which serve lip-smacking delicacies across various cuisines and if you are lucky, you can get the cheapest rates on your favorite drinks, alcoholic and non-alcoholic. People who like to party in moderation can check out some of the best pubs in the city. You may also witness some great local bands come together to play classic rock and jazz live post-midnight.

If you are in the mood for making some whoopee post sundown in Kolkata, here are some of the places that you must check out.

- Watch the city come alive post sundown in Park Street! Park Street hubs some of the most happening party-houses in town. Some of the best ones that you can check out are Someplace Else, Roxy and Tantra.

- The Someplace Else, located in The Park, is where you can get the best offers on drinks. You also get 1+1 on drinks on selected days till 7 PM and up to 50% discounts on selected dishes.

- The Roxy attracts a buzzing crowd of youngsters post sundown each day. If you are looking forward to dancing all night to loud music, The Roxy would be a wise choice.

- The neon-lit Tantra is one of the hottest part destinations in town. The nightclub is one of the largest in the city with two bars, an area for hangout and a lively dance floor. You can get the most bang for your buck on food and drinks at Tantra.

- If you are on a budget but in a mood to party, you must go to the UG Reincarnate. This underground party spot offers free drinks till the morning. Groove to the beats while you cherish great food with free drinks at the counter.

What are the best places to try local food in Kolkata?

- Dying to get a taste of some of the famous local/ street foods in Calcutta? Make your way to the Vivekananda Park for some awesome puchkas and papri chaat. You can also try churmurs, a famous alternative for the famous puchka, in the alleys of Bhawanipore to the south of Kolkata.

- Sure, Park Street has some glitzy eateries and posh restaurants, but the street food in Park Street is no less of a delight to the taste buds. Try Kathi Rolls from Zaika, the shop in Park Street famous for offering mighty variations of hot Kathi Rolls in Kolkata.

- You can try out the Chinese breakfast at Tiretti Bazaar! Relish the authentic taste of soup and rice dumplings made by Chinese Indians. Be sure to arrive at the venue on time as the stock only lasts till 7 in the morning.

Which are some best places for shopping in Kolkata?

- The New Market area in Esplanade is one of the places to visit if you are not sure about what to do in Kolkata to get the best shopping deals. Get a good deal for shoes, apparel, cosmetics and home decors at the New Market.

- The Gariahat market is another beaming market place that attracts people in hordes. You can also buy items of utility like crockery and cutlery in Gariahat for cheap at half the rate.

- The Quest Mall at Park Circus is the destination you must go to. Besides shopping, the Mall also offers plenty of restaurants, gaming zones and a movie theatre for you to check out.

What is the best time to visit Kolkata?

The city of Kolkata warmly welcomes its visitors all throughout the year. However, there is nothing like witnessing the grandeur of Kolkata during the festive season. Therefore, the best time to visit Kolkata is between the months of October and February.

The ideal duration of the vacation in Kolkata can be 3 to 4 days.

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