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Watch international football from the lofty heights of Kolkata’s Salt Lake Stadium, explore the fascinating history of British-rule on a stroll through the grounds of the indomitable Fort William, or find your way to the hectic bazaars to haggle over brightly-colored souvenirs with local craftsmen, the city of Kolkata is a jumbled maze of lively streets, exciting history, and emerging entertainment venues. Described as India’s ‘Capital of Culture’, every city block has a fascinating tale to tell. From the cool palatial interior of the decorative Marble Palace, head to the cramped streets of Chinatown, where street-food vendors tempt visitors to try steaming bowls of Manchow soup, or slices of authentic spiced Hunan chicken.

Things to see

The elaborate oval dome of the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata dominates the surrounding streets, rising majestically above the tennis courts, and cricket grounds that surround this top-class international arena. On match days, football fans stream into its three seating tiers to cheer on their teams. Over at the Indian Museum, which overlooks the impressive grounds of the Fort William historical site, you’ll find a wealth of information relating to the culture and heritage of this remarkable country. From anthropology and artwork, through to intricate zoological displays, discover India’s past and present as you wander through its endless exhibitions. The BBD Bagh is a compact section of town, a few high-profile streets that surround the glistening waters of the Red Pool, a body of water known as Lal Dighi in native tongue. Offices are tucked behind elaborate building facades overlooking the lake, and towering banks, imposing government offices, and the red frontage of the original British East India Company’s Writers’ Building line its sides.

Hotels in Kolkata

From luxury hotels in Kolkata, to comfortable bed and breakfasts and one-roomed studio apartments, there’s an exciting choice of accommodation in this cosmopolitan city. The 5 star hotels on offer are certainly impressive, sitting in elaborately designed modern buildings, or enjoying the history of old-fashioned colonial estates. Typically, top class hotels in Kolkata boast fine-dining restaurants, air-conditioned bedrooms, and elegant décor, as well as WiFi and satellite televisions. If you’re traveling on a budget, you’ll also have plenty of discount hotels to choose from, and although the interior design might not be marble or overhung with chandeliers, you’ll still find ceiling fans, and a central location available at a wallet-friendly price.

Where to stay

Hectic, vibrant, and with a very international feel, the city of Kolkata is a unique conurbation with a very interesting history. Its streets are filled with architecture that tells the story of its trading past, with ornate English stately homes turned into hotels in Kolkata, impregnable fortresses with a European feel, and the impressive span of the Vidyasagar Setu Bridge over the fast-flowing Hooghly River. To the west, the city of Howrah has a more industrial past, its wide avenues reverberate with the trundling of tram wheels, and the cacophony of the alleyway marketplaces.

How to get to Kolkata

The Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport is under 10 miles away in the commuter bazaar town of Dum Dum. Onward travel to the city is by bus or train, and there are several stops that bring you close to the most central hotels in Kolkata. Inside the city, trams rattle around the main streets, while aging buses find their way to outlying areas. Taxis do exist, and are usually found at bus and railway terminals, although the most authentic way to discover the crowded city streets is by rickshaw.

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