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Best Things To Do in Kolkata

If imagining Kolkata brings you old, colonial architecture with a hint of British touch in mind, you’re thinking right. However, even if most recognise the art and culture capital of India as vaguely British, several quaint by lanes and a quiet evening by the Howrah bridge will instantly reconnect you to its familiar Bengali roots. The city remains a muddled up piece of art with its charming, Victorian architecture that is hastily, yet beautifully fused with rapid urbanisation. Unlike many other metropolitan cities of India, a walk down Kolkata’s streets will brief you more about its history, culture and the best things to do in Kolkata.


Often labelled as the ‘City of Joy’, Kolkata is also one of the most densely populated cities of India. But be prepared to brief yourself with its heritage that is as dense as its population is. The vibrant city that runs along the banks of river Ganga is well known for its extraordinary culture — including music, food, literature and movies as well. A favourite of old and young, life in Kolkata draws you to its rich history that is etched within some of its iconic museums, artefacts and surroundings. It is not a surprise that several fondly call this city the ‘Paris of the East’.


The city is more than just a cheerful amalgamation of art and mood; the youth friendly Kolkata is also home to some of the most glittery nightlife and luxury down its iconic Park Street. A large part of its culture is passed on with its delectable ‘roshogullas’, mishti doi and the love for fish. It provides a wonderful stairway to those who wish to explore the far-flung areas of the North East, and it often charms its visitors with its glorious past and ever-blooming present. If spending time in and around this captivating city is on your agenda this holiday season, here are a few best things to do in Kolkata during your stay.

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    Sikkim Tour Package For 9 Days/ 8 Nights
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    Gangtok
    d9 Days n8 Nights

    About the Activity:Indulge in this 9 day tour of Sikkim for a relishing experience of the most beautiful region of north India.The breath taking landscapes that include mountains, waterfalls, forests, lakes and monasteries have been attracting thousands of people.During this tour you will be witnessing the charming beauty of Changu Lake, Lachung Chu, Yumthnag valley etc.The package includes food, accommodation and transportation during the trip.

    Good 3.0
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    18900


  • d11 Days n10 Nights

    About the Activity:Regardless of its size, Sikkim, the most cleanest state of India, submits surprisingly wonderful attractions, normally, nature's creations.To be amused at some of the pride possessions of Sikkim with the accompaniment of an enlarged sect of Himalayan mountain peaks, you are invited to join a pervasive trek to  Goecha La.From the Goecha La pass, one can absorb the undeniable views of Mt. Kanchenjunga.This 11 day trek starts from the moment you arrive at Bagdogra or NJP railway station in the morning on the first day.From there, you commence your tour, first to Yuksom and continue to sojourn in Sachen, Tshoka, Bhakim, Dzongri, Phedang, Thansing, Kokchurang, Lamuney etc.The thick rhododendron and oak forests will pave the way for an enthusiastic trek that goes through different yet challenging ascents and descents. Around 17000 feet altitude is going to be yours during this trek.Capture the beguiling beauty of the snow-clad peaks seen before your eyes, and the expansive green meadows in the valley down from the great height you are and search for the overflowing happiness.The package includes food, accommodation in tents and guesthouses as well as transportation during the trip.

    Very Good 4.0
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    23600


  • d10 Days n9 Nights

    About the Activity:Quite a famed trekking destination is Goecha La, its trails go through the subtropical forest covers of bamboo, ferns and orchids and then to the forest bends of oak and rhododendron trees.You are happily invited to take a break from your humdrum and then get ready to do a 10 day trek to Goecha La, the land of vast alpine meadows.The unfiltered views of the East Ridge of the royal Kachenjunga are the reason why Goecha La is termed to be a favourite adventure spot.Yuksom, Tshoka, Dzongri, Lamuney etc are some of the principal locations you come across during this trip. Once you arrive at NJP around morning, you would be taken to Yuksom and then you are free to explore and experience the beauty shared by the regions aplenty.This particular package provides you with food, accommodation and transportation during the tour.The brief itinerary of the tour is as follows:Day 1: NJP to Yuksom(5,800 ft). 8 hrs driveDay 2: Yuksom (5,800 ft) – Sachen (7,200 ft).4 hrs.Day 3: Sachen (7,200 ft) – Tshoka (9,650 ft). 4 hrs.Day 4: Tshoka(9,650 feet)- Dzongri(12,980 feet) via Phedang(12,050 ft). 5-6 hrs.Day 5: Dzongri(12,980ft) – Thangsing (12,930). 4-5 hrsDay 6: Thangsing –  Lamuney via Kockchurang(12096 ft).2 hrs.Day 7: Lamuney(13,693 ft) – Goechala(16,207 ft) and back to Kockchurang.10-12 hrs.Day 8: Kokchurang – Tshoka via Phedang. 6-7 hrsDay 9: Tshoka – Yuksom via Bhakim and Sachen. 6 hrs.Day 10: Drive back to NJP.

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    16400


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    Darjeeling
    d7 Days n6 Nights

    About the Activity:Fixed Departure: 26-12-2016Arrive at the Base camp at Maney Bhanjyang in the eastern part of Indo-Nepal border in the Himalayan ranges for an exotic trekking trip for 7 days.With this amazing and exhilarating trip, you will conquer the paths to Tumling and Tonglu, Gahiribas or Kalpokhri, Kalpokhri, Sandhakphu and Phalut.Indulge to see the ravishing sights presented before you at Gorkhey and Srikhola also while you tread through some of the untamed trekking paths.You will get back to Darjeeling to end the remarkable adventurous tour of the Himalayas.Food, accommodation and transportation during the trek wherever necessary will be included in the package.

    Very Good 4.0
    30 ratings

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    9330


  • d7 Days n6 Nights

    About the Activity:Fixed departure: 05-11-2016This is one of the best adventurous trips through the Silk Route in Sikkim for 7 days covering the beautiful locations around Kanchenjunga and the Himalayan ranges.Get a transfer from New Jalpaiguri to Sillery Gaon from where you will start your cycling trip through the serene valleys and scenic mountain roads.Rishikhola, Zuluk, Nathang Valley etc are the major points to visit during your tour.Pickup and drop point is NJP Railway Station is at around 10 A.M and approximately at 02:00 P.M respectively.The package is inclusive of food, accommodation and transportation during the trip.

    Very Good 4.0
    25 ratings

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    20730


  • d4 Days n3 Nights

    About the Activity:Head out to bring home some unforgettable memories from Meghalaya, the land of tranquility with this four day trekking trip to the Double Decker Bridge and David Scott Trail.The moderate trekking tour starts from Guwahati and goes through Shillong, Mawphlang Village and Cherrapunji. From the second day to third day of the tour, you will be completely immersed in the utmost happiness provided by trekking through the natural trails.This is an opportunity to find bliss as you walk through the valleys, greenery, rivers, pools, hanging bridge and the quaint villages.A group tour with your friends or family will gift you the most precious memories and beautiful moments can be carved at this extra ordinary state of India on this tour.

    Good 3.0
    34 ratings

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    18800


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    New Digha
    d5 Days n4 Nights

    About the Activity:Fixed departure: 18-11-2016This trekking tour of 5 days from Chandipur in Odisha to New Digha in West Bengal through the coastal regions will take you on a different touring experience.Pass through the villages, beautifully maintained landscapes and ponds, cross the rivers and mark your foot on the white sands of the beach while you indulge in this tour.Spot some rare birds, crabs and turtles that are appeared on the seashore abundantly. Mingle with the coastal fishermen, observe them while they go fishing.The package is inclusive of food, accommodation, transportation during the trip.

    Good 3.0
    24 ratings

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    5700


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    Guwahati
    d12 Days n11 Nights

    About the Activity:Embrace yourself with an enchanting tour for 12 days to the wilderness prevailing in Sundarbans, Manas National Park, Kaziranga National Park and Nameri National Park.Apart from just sightseeing, this tour provides you a number of adventure activities such as river rafting, cruise, canopy walk, elephant ride, mountain trail and jeep safari in and around these specified locations.With this trip, you will be able to meander through the most enchanting beauty of northeast India and its huge variety of wildlife.While you indulge in the prescribed activities, you get ample chances to spot One-Horned Rhinos, Bengal Tigers and other rare species of animals, birds, reptiles etc.Moreover, enjoy the walk through the local villages, experience the cultural and traditional beauty of the native lifestyle.The package includes food, accommodation and transportation during the trip.

    Very Good 4.0
    34 ratings

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    25000


  • d11 Days n10 Nights

    About the Activity:This enchanting 11 day tour of Sikkim including Dzongri enables you to revel in a distinct experience since the location is brimming with serenity.Embark on this tour that starts at Bagdogra and then move to witness the unrivaled tranquility of Gangtok, Yuksom, Tshoka, Dzongri and Darjeeling.Pass through the captivating mountain peaks, monasteries, tea plantations, museum and pagodas.Indulge in a local sightseeing which lets you mingle with the native people and from them you will get to know more about the indigenous culture and tradition.The package includes food, accommodation and transportation during the trip.

    Excellent 5.0
    371 ratings

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    22500


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    Darjeeling
    d18 Days n17 Nights

    Located in the laps of Himalayas, the small and beautiful state of Sikkim abounds in nature, culture and adventure. It has the unique distinction of being bounded by three sovereign nations; Nepal in the west, Bhutan in the east and China's Tibet in the north. It also shares its southern border with the state of West Bengal. Inhabitants of the state are the Lepchas, Bhutias and Nepalis. The land of orchids & The land of tranquillity, these are some of the ways in which Sikkim has been described. In fact, in all its manifestations Sikkim has been projected as a naturalists paradise. Tosar Lake is located at the junction of the Mangan Ridge and the Chola range. To the south east of the lake, is a giant cliff or mountain overlooking the lake. It is considered sacred and worshiped by the local people. This trek takes on the old traditional yak and cow trails in the Reserve forest and starts from Naga, Meyong, and Kaley with an altitude ranging from 1800 meters to 4000 meters at Tosar Lake. It passes through soggy temperature forest of broad leaved species and bamboos, temperate forest of conifer and rhodendron and damp alpine. Trek on this route requires a special permit from the Home Department, Government of Sikkim. The trek in magnificent sikkim begins from the road head at Naksuk, Naga RF above Naga village which is about an hour drive from Mangan base camp. This trail follows the steep path used by herds of cows through wet temperate forest. This trek is the most popular trek in North Sikkim and is famous for great mountain views, floral spectacle in summer, beautiful birds and views of pristine forest.  

    Very Good 4.0
    455 ratings

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    45000


  • d14 Days n13 Nights

    About the Activity:Use this opportunity to cover the most scenic places in the foothills of Kanchenjunga with 14 day long trekking and sightseeing tour. Visit Mt. Thingchinkang is the highlight of this trip.Your trip will be going through some exotic locations such as Gangtok, Yuksom,Tsokha, Phedang, Dzongri, Thangsing, Mt. Thingchinkang etc.Revel in the beauty of sacred lakes, flowering valleys, Alpine forests, mountain peaks and rhododendron forests during the trek.The package includes food, accommodation and pick up and drop off as well.

    Good 3.0
    30 ratings

    Starting from

    30000


  • d10 Days n9 Nights

    About the Activity:This 10 day trekking tour of Tholung takes you through a picturesque locality filled with beautiful valleys, tea estates, mountain peaks and much more.The places you will be visiting during this tour are Gangtok, Lingza, Tholung Gompa, Upper Tholung, Changey and Singhik.Embark on to relish the sights of tea plantations, tropical forests, rustic hamlets, alluring rivers and lakes, monasteries, hillocks, mountain peaks etc.The routes are perfect for those who really seek for trekking in north east.The package includes food, accommodation and transportation during the trip.

    Excellent 5.0
    299 ratings

    Starting from

    21250


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    Guwahati
    d3 Days n2 Nights

    About the Activity:Start your trip from Guwahati and reach Nameri National Park after six hours of drive and enjoy the wilderness.Your stay will be arranged in neat Eco camp tents or Jia Bhoroli cottages, relish the night spent in the forest.On the second day, you will be exploring the deepest parts of the forest with a guide and observe the biodiversity of the natural habitat.Indulge in rafting and fishing in the Bhoroli river which would be followed by an awe inspiring bird watching near the forest lodge.

    Good 3.0
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    9999


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    Siliguri
    h8 Hours

    About the Activity:Trek through the chilling Himalayan valleys in Siliguri with the help of an English speaking guide.Wander through the slopes and hills until you get exhausted.Explore the tiny town for 8 hours which is filled with liveliness and vivacity and experience the city from the eyes of a local.

    Good 3.0
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    450


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    Gangtok
    d8 Days n7 Nights

     About the Destination:The Khangchendzonga or Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek is considered to be one of the awe-inspiring treks in India. Offering some of the challenging yet delightful trails, this trek is undertaken by trekkers from different parts of the world. While for the non-adventurers this trek might sound difficult and strenuous, for the thrill mongers it is a dream come true. Geographically, Kanchenjunga and other surrounding five massive peaks are together forming the third highest peaks in the world. They are in the mighty Himalayas located in the small beautiful state of India, Sikkim. Kanchenjunga stands at an elevation of about 8586 meters and covers a large portion of Himalaya which is known to be the Kanchenjunga Himal, around 7000 meters area. The Main, Central and South are the three major sections of the peak and they are all located in touch with the borders of India and Nepal.Trekking was not allowed here initially and later when explorers started unwinding the trek routes, they could find the hidden treasures like lakes, dense forests, tribal villages, landscapes and rich flora and fauna. The massifs spans across the major boundaries of Nepal, Tibet and India and the fact is that till 1849, Kanchenjunga was considered to be the highest peak in India before the discovery of Everest and K2. The verdant meadows, quaint villages, gleaming mountains, secluded regions, snow-clad summits, gushing rivers and lakes are the prominent attractions lying on the way to the base camp. These are the simple reasons for trekkers to choose this strenuous trek to rejuvenate themselves.About the trek:Kanchenjunga base camp trekking package for 8 days is right at your fingertips to let you marvel the adorning beauty and charisma possessed by the third highest peak in the world. The trek starts at Yuksom, a tiny village in Sikkim and the first trails take you to reach Bakhim. Wait for the jaw-dropping sights of Rathong River, the evergreen fern plantations, orchids, rare birds and reach the Paha Khola Bridge and witness the high altitude waterfall and the swimming pools there. Prek Chu River views are the perks you will obtain on the first day.Dzongri trek will be the finest part of the whole trek which will let you move through the Tshoka hamlet and then comes Phedang Pass and showing you the best views of Pandim, Thenchinkhang, Jhuponu mountains. Dzongri will be your clam host for two days. It can offer you the mesmerizing sunset views and later your destination will be Bikhbari and following it would be the focus of your journey that is Khangchendzonga Base Camp. Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Darjeeling conducts some of the advanced mountaineering courses at the camps every year.  At the base, you will be able to watch the mystique beauty of Frey's peak, Koktang, Kabur and Rathong.The Kanchenjunga base camp trek reaches the point of returning to the start after the sixth day of the trek. Bakhim will offer you a free day to enjoy the sights and the reminiscence appear around. Once your reach Yuksom, the majestic Kanchenjunga base camp trek comes to an end with hundreds of beautiful memories. Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek Highlights:- Embark on this trek to enjoy the panoramic view of the neighbouring mountains - Frey Peak (5830m), Koktang (6,148m), Kabru Peak (7,412 m), Ratong, Chandra Peak and the Kabru Dome (6600m).- Make use of the chance to meet the local people dwelling in the beautiful villages.- The third highest mountain in the world offering you the best adventure possible will be in your heart forever and the trek done here is one of the greatest achievement you could get.-Tour of Sikkim tea garden will be an additional experience which lets you learn about the various kinds of teas and get the chance to return to the magnificent beauty of nature again.- A monastery tour of Sikkim can also be done to explore the cultural and traditional variations the tiny state holds.Kanchenjunga Base Camp Weather conditions:Except for monsoon and high winter, every other season is perfect for the trek to the Kanchenjunga Base Camp. During monsoon, the routes will be slippery and also the roads get blocked due to heavy rain.  When it is winter, trekking becomes impossible at times due to heavy snowfall and the roads get inaccessible also. During summer that is from May to June, the temperature would come up to 25 degree Celsius during daytime and the same comes to 7 to 15 degree Celsius at night. July to August end or mid-September is the monsoon period and it is better to avoid trekking that time. At Dzongri, during summer, the weather ranges from 7°C to 15°C during the day and at night it is from 3°C to (-2) °C.Autumn comes by September end and remains till the end of October with a day temperature of around 13 to 20 degree Celsius and night temperature dropping down to 2 degree Celsius maximum. Day temperature at Dzongri this time is from 2 to 7 degree Celsius and at night it will be from 3 to -4 degree Celsius.Quick Facts:Temperature: 10 to 15 degrees in the morning and 2 to 5 degrees at nightTrekking Distance:  90kmMaximum Altitude: 17,000ftDifficulty Level: Moderate to Difficult Starting and Ending Point: The trek starts and ends at YuksomRailway Station: New Jalpaiguri is the nearest railway station to Yuksom Airport: Bagdogra airport (160 Kms from Yuksom)Base Camp: Yuksom

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    14700


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What You Should Know More About Things To Do in Kolkata

  • What are the best adventure activities to do in Kolkata?

    From a leisurely trek to a thrilling parasailing dive, there are various

    adventure activities fit for those who desire a taste of extreme adventure in Kolkata. Here are some that you can try within and outside the city limits:


    Parasailing: There are plenty of opportunities for parasailing and paragliding in Kolkata and the outskirts of the city. The city is surrounded by quaint beaches and hilltops alike, which makes it a favourite amidst those seeking for adventure.

    Kayaking: If you’re someone who enjoys the excitement of kayaking, Kolkata is the right place to be at. Kolkata’s New Town Eco Park (located well within the city limits) is equipped to provide you the adrenaline rush you’re seeking.

    White water rafting: The surrounding areas of West Bengal and Kolkata are wrapped within mesmerising river Teesta. Although calm, the river’s strong currents can be seen meandering in the lush jungles of West Bengal. If you’re seeking river rafting tours, this is the place to be.

    Mountain biking: Several tourists enjoy pedalling about in the Purulia district of Kolkata. Situated 4 to 5 hours away from the city, be ready to experience stunning views and advanced routes around these areas.

    Wind sailing: The Hooghly river in Kolkata provides an excellent opportunity to experience the thrill of wind sailing and yachting for those who are interested in the same.

  • Which are the best places to go for trekking in Kolkata?

    Despite being a crowded metropolitan city, Kolkata is blessed with several hill stations not too far from the city. Tourists who visit the city often find themselves heading out of town to escape the bustle and experience the natural wonders of West Bengal. Although not within the city limits, there are a few trekking routes in the surrounding areas of Kolkata that you can add into your itinerary during your visit.


    Goecha La trek from Sikkim
    Sandakphu trek from Darjeeling district
    Yuksom Dzongri trek from Sikkim
    Cherrapunji Root bridge trek from Guwahati
    Singalila Ridge trek from Sikkim

  • Which are the best sites for camping in Kolkata?

    The fact that Kolkata is connected so well with North East India makes it popular with visitors. Its diversified neighbourhoods provide umpteen opportunities for those bitten by the travel bug. If what you’re looking for is to spend some time reacquainting yourself with nature, here are a few popular camping destinations where you can camp at:


    Shantiniketan: Situated around 165 kilometres away from the city, this small town is an excellent choice if you seek serenity.

    Purulia: A five hour drive (and 250 kilometres) away from Kolkata, Purulia is an untouched hill station surrounded by lakes, forests and hills.

    Shankarpur: If you’re more of a beach person, Shankarpur’s soaring Casuarina trees and charming coastline will be your instant favourite. 168 kilometres away, you can arrive here within a short five hour drive from the city.

    Ajodhya Hills: Situated 210 kilometres away, Ajodhya Hills boasts of unmatched beauty and landscaping hills. Many tourists are seen pitching tents near Beria dam to spend a night out in the wilderness.

  • Which are the pilgrimage sites which are a must visit in Kolkata?

    The vibrant city of Kolkata is a melting pot of culture and ethnicity. Every nook and corner of the bustling metropolitan city tells a story of its heritage. Several mythological theories find their roots within Kolkata, and it is considered to be a home of a myriad of Hindu gods. Be sure to visit a few of these temples for their elegance, magnificence and decor:


    Kalighat temple
    Dakshineshwar Kali temple
    Belur Math
    Birla Mandir
    Agni Mandir
    Chinese Kali temple

  • Where can I enjoy nightlife in Kolkata and how safe is to go out during night?

    Kolkata was once best known as the party capital of India, with its fun spirit and thriving nightlife. However, much recently the stringent laws have brought forth a curfew of 11 PM as a safety measure. But rest assured, you can let your hair down and hit some of these swanky places that define the nightlife in Kolkata:


    Underground
    Tantra
    Balwant Singh Dhaba
    Aqua
    The Bridge: floatel

  • Which are the best amusement parks to visit in Kolkata?

    Being a fast-paced metropolitan city means Kolkata is upto date with various scoops of modern life. Apart from groovy nightlife, glitzy malls and movie theatres, there are several amusement parks in Kolkata that are draws a crowd of all ages. So, take some time out from the bustle of the city to rejuvenate at some of these amusement parks:


    Nicco Park
    Aquatica
    Millennium Park
    Clown Town
    Science city

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