Kolkata - Post Report Question and Answers

What are some interesting/fun things to do in the area? Can you recommend any “hidden gems"?

No - Aug 2021

Kolkata is a piece of living history. The center of the city has some many old historical buildings and daily life goes on much as it has for decades, the buildings just get a little bit more dilapidated. If you like exploring one could really enjoy getting lost in the alleys of Kolkata. There are rhinos in NE India and some refurbished old historical houses in the surrounding countryside if you want a break from the crush of the city. - Dec 2020

Take a walking tour of the city. See India's only Chinatown. See the beautiful Ramakrishna Mission on the banks of the Ganges. See colonial architecture of the former capital of British India. But also shop at Quest Mall. - Sep 2015

Photography, exploration, visiting cultural sites. - Dec 2010

There is plenty to do, sometimes it takes planning, and can be overwhelming, but if you want, there is plenty of art galleries and art openings, music, and other cultural pursuits, all free or affordable. The colonial architecture, while crumbling, is amazing and interests many people. There are interesting walks to take among the various markets, river boat rides, etc. Getting out of town is a huge pain due to the poor roads and traffic, but can be very rewarding. Joining one of the many clubs in the city also provides access to outdoor sports and local people. - Jun 2009

Lots of cultural opportnities, travel in and around India, Bangkok just a few hours away. Kolkata's historical sites, walking tours, and colonial heritage are will also keep you busy if you are interested. - Mar 2009

Explore the city (Calcutta is India's most historical, interesting and charming city with amazing architecture), visit art galleries, attend book readings and lectures/speeches by visiting dignitaries (Calcutta does attract high caliber people/celebrities). The museums are very disappointing. There is a water park, a renewable energy theme park and several boating areas for kids. Calcutta has several holiday seasons, especially in the fall, when the entire city comes alive and celebrates like a carnival. Travel within India is expensive and there aren't many daytrips or weekend trips from Calcutta. It's often cheaper to go to Thailand or Singapore than other Indian destinations. From Calcutta, one should visit Darjeeling (tea plantations), Assam (Kaziranga National Forest) and Puri (beach and Konark Sun Temple). - May 2008

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