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For many, Kolkata epitomizes the contrasts of India. Kolkata overflows in history and oozes culture. This is a city of historic grandeur and cultural wealth. Yet, this sits side by side with some very real scenes of everyday life. As a transport hub for West India, many travelers find themselves with a few days to spare here in between trains to Dharmasala, buses to Bangladesh, or tiger tours to the Sunderbans. Even for those seasoned travelers of India, Kolkata continues to offer many surprises. Pull back the curtain, engage with the city, and you too will fall under the spell of this great Indian city.
Kolkata is enormous and sprawls in all directions, so you will almost certainly need to take some form of transport from your Kolkata hostel to sights within the city. Those with an appreciation for history and fine architecture will enjoy the Raj-era Victoria Memorial. This feast of white marble offers a quick crash course in Indian colonial history -- with Kolkata serving as the capital of the British Raj. As this is one of Kolkata’s main attractions, your Kolkata hostel will surely be able to give you some sound transport advice. When combined with the streets of BBD Bagh and Tagore’s House, Kolkata carries travelers back to the days of colonial India. Without a question, no other city in India offers this much accessible colonial splendour.
When you’re staying in your Kolkata hostel, no doubt a highlight will be engaging with India’s vibrant Hindu culture. Kolkata’s main temples, including Kumartali, Dakshineswar, and Kalighat, are spread throughout the city. So ask your Kolkata hostel which one is closest and dive straight in. Most temples have on-site guides who can explain the different deities and rituals. If you’re lucky enough to be in town for any of the big Hindu holidays, you’re in for a treat! Make sure to ask your Kolkata hostel if there are any planned processions in place. It's the essential Indian experience!
Kolkata dorms are generally available all year round, but should there be a festival such as Durga Puja (October), rooms can book up quickly. Whatever you do, don’t rush out of Kolkata to your next stop. Your Kolkata hostel will ensure that you are able to experience some of everyday life in one of the world’s great mega-cities.
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Hostel Kolkata (Salt Lake) YH
"… and Victoria Memorial is the apt instance of it. This is one of the most magnificent tourist attractions in Kolkata that is still having its old charm and grandeur. Howrah Bridge is another instance that is a perfect instance of extreme engineering that awe-inspires the visitors from the different parts of the world to pay a visit to this lovely city. There is a Kali temple at Kalighat which is also one of the tourist attractions...
"… to the balance between the moving and the non-moving , change and permanence , life and stone . Drops of natural oil can be added to the fountain to spread the aroma of eucalyptus or Jasmine , and a variety of herbal incense can be lighted to flavor the atmosphere with peace , calmness and tranquility . Vajrayana Bedroom The ensuite Vajrayana Bedroom is designed in the theme of Rajasthan . The colors of sand and of sun , royal...
"… us to discover the magic of difference. We at Bhammar's Inn are amide to make your stay an affair to remember, indeed memorable. The guesthouse offers the perfect environment for travelers from all over the world who search for modernity and an atmosphere that is clean, comfortable, secure and restful. Bhammar's Inn is centrally located. It brings all the major shopping and entertainment hubs at your doorstep – well connected with...
"Nice Comfortable & Very Economical - Simple, neat, clean, and safe place to stay. Had stayed there and had a very comfortable stay. Most importantly, it is very reasonably priced I thought for the kind of accommodation it offers. Would definitely recommend this place for the backpack traveler." … "… just a stones throw away. We are 45 minutes south of the airport as well as the same time away from the Howrah Railway Station and...
"The guest house consists of 7 well appointed rooms and is located close the IT Hub of Kolkata and in close proximity to the International and Domestic Airport, within 20 minutes. The guest house is also in walking distance to the local market to cater to your daily needs. For the health conscious travelers, there is a local park just opposite the guest house. The 7 well appointed rooms consists of clean and hygienic washroom and shower...
Tulip Guest House
"… a flat-screen TV with cable channels, study table and chairs, intercom. En suite bathrooms come with hot and cold shower facilities. At Tulip Guest House, guests can request for luggage storage, laundry and ironing. Guests may also approach the tour desk for sightseeing excursions and travel arrangements. Airport transfer can also be arranged at an extra charge. The in-house restaurant serves a selection of Indian and Chinese...
"Very good - We needed somewhere to stay close from the aiport cuz we arrived at the kolkata international airport very late, stayed there till morning. overall experience there was very good. staff was very nice, food is delicious, the room was big and clean enough. But one thing -- location is not really good. it was hard to get there from the airport and go to the backpackers' street (sudder street). If you don't care about the...
Kolkata Backpackers B&B Homestay
"… for backpackers providing basic amenities like • Bed & Breakfast with warm blankets for 2-3 backpackers for night(4th Friend might just huddle in) • Simple filling Home cooked Delicious Breakfast ~we dish out excellent filling breakfast to suit your taste back home with a touch of local flavor..try our Dairy fresh yogurt..you will miss them forever! • Clean hygienic western toilets with shower and toilet rolls,Hot water served in...
"… Kolkata provides multi dimensional hospitality services with elaborate local sightseeing tour facilities. For the comfort of our esteemed guest, hotel Himalay has 20 N.A/C & 50 a/c rooms have elegant designs, style decorated rooms with all modern amenities / facilities like air conditioned rooms, Cater Delectable Choice of Vegetarian.attached bath, H/C running water, 24-hour room service, car parking, laundry service, credit...
North Star Hotel
"They refused to acknowledge my Hostelz.com booking - Apart from being hard to find (it is close to the airport though) amongst a street filled with waste and hootin, his attitude was snobbish and the room was dirty. Had the amenities, but all collapsing slowly. Do NOT stay here unless you need to transfer out quickly." … "… travellers across the globe.Food is of Indian, Chinese and continental type.You can specify your taste...
Hotel Diamond Suites
"… Airport is about 20 km from the hotel. Room Facilities: Balcony, View, Telephone, Cable channels, Flat-screen TV, Air conditioning,Desk, Ironing facilities, Sitting area, Fan, Extra long beds (> 6.5 ft), Walk-in closet, Sofa, Tile/Marble floor, Wardrobe/Closet, Shower, Bathtub, Free toiletries, Toilet, Bathroom, Minibar, Kitchenette, Refrigerator, Microwave, Electric kettle, Kitchenware, Oven, Wake-up service Services...
Travel Inn Kolkata
"… and contains all modern amenities including hot water geysers, microwave, deep freezer, satellite dish TV, wi-fi internet, telephone with long distance calling and a fully functioning power backup system with silent generators in case of power cuts. Our offerings include rooms with either single or double rooms, suites and junior suites with satellite TV and Wireless Internet Access, fully equipped kitchens with stove and...
"… day need. CATEGORY OF ROOMS Rate/day (Rs.) SINGLE DOUBLE DELUXE 1800 2100 EXECUTIVE 2000 2300 IMPERIAL 2200 2500 PREMIUM...
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