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Kolkata is a Vistara City

About Kolkata

The historically and culturally rich Kolkata is the third most populous city in India. As the erstwhile capital of British India, the city exudes a colonial old-world charm like no other. One of the friendliest cities in the country, its relaxed and easy-going atmosphere is hard to miss.  

Known for its love of football, the bold and spicy Bengali cuisine, delectable array of desserts and impressive British-era buildings, Kolkata was once a popular migrant hub for communities including Parsis, Jews, Armenians, Anglo-Indians and Chinese. While today, only a shadow of these communities remains, their architectural styles and cuisines have seeped into the fabric of the city.

Besides the colonial architecture and historical monuments, the city boasts of several museums, galleries, cinemas and theatres celebrating Bengal’s own art forms — from the Kalighat paintings, dokra and batik to regional films and music scene. 

Apart from the swanky malls and global retail chains, Kolkata gets its modern-edge from satellite towns of Salt Lake and Rajarhat, which are the main corporate hubs and emerging business districts. 

With plenty of cheap and convenient local transport options, moving around in Kolkata is absolutely hassle-free. There are AC and non-AC buses, yellow taxis and radio cabs, country’s oldest metro line as well as autos and Kolkata’s signature, tram and hand-pulled rickshaws.  

About Kolkata Airport

Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport is the main airport that serves the Kolkata metropolitan area. It is 17 km away from the heart of the city but, is well connected via train and roadways.

The third biggest airport in terms of weekly flights, the Kolkata Airport has a single large terminal for both domestic and international flights. There are separate areas for International and Domestic flights.

Book daily flights to and from Kolkata with Vistara! 

  • 1. Victoria Memorial :

    The white marble structure is one of Kolkata’s long-standing icons, which was built during the British era to commemorate Queen Victoria’s death. It is surrounded by a manicured garden and it houses a museum tracing the city’s colonial history.

  • 2. Indian Museum:

    This is India’s biggest and the oldest museum that contains over 1,00,000 exhibits including the Indus Valley relics, Egyptian mummies, gigantic whale skeletons and so on.

  • 3. Prinsep Ghat:

    Built in 1841 in the memory of the eminent Anglo-Indian scholar and antiquary James Prinsep, this Palladian porch overlooks the Hooghly River and the Vidyasagar Setu. A place to enjoy scenic view and boating rides in the river.

  • 4. Tagore’s House:

    The family mansion of world-famous poet and Noble Laureate Rabindranath Tagore has been turned into a museum.

  • City tour:

    Get a feel of Kolkata’s theatre, or see art exhibitions in popular city art galleries like the Birla Academy of Art and Culture and CIMA. You can also take culture tours or heritage walks, tracing the history, food, art and local culture. But, if you want to truly feel the pulse of the city, pay a visit around the months of September and October when Kolkata drowns in the fervour of Durga Puja.

  • Shop:

    From the finest Bengal handloom stores to local flea markets to high-end luxury malls, Kolkata’s shopping scene is fun to explore. And while you’re in Kolkata, don’t forget to visit New Market, which boasts of British-era architecture and houses some of the best places to shop.

  • Eat:

    If you are a food lover, be sure to visit ‘China Town - Tangra’ to sample food from restaurants that are pioneers of Indian-Chinese cuisine. While the city has its own Mughlai food culture, restaurants like “Bhojohori Manna” are perfect places to enjoy authentic Bengali food. Savour the famed Kolkata biryani at Shiraz or Arsalan, sample fresh bakes at Nahoums or Flurys and snack on the legendary kathi rolls by Nizam’s. Also, a must try are the unbeatable local sweets like sandesh and roshogolla.

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