Calcutta (Kolkata) holiday highlights

Think art, culture and colonial architecture. Calcutta has a captivating heritage, and is often considered the friendliest city in India. You’ll find the dazzling platinum-white Victoria Memorial amid 64 acres of emerald gardens. Built in memory of Queen Victoria, the city’s famous monument is home to an incredible collection of paintings and historical gems. It’s a wonderful place to learn about India’s history and uncover more about the era of the British Empire. For a truly memorable experience, visit the home of Mother Teresa. Mother Teresa's Motherhouse now houses her tomb, and you’ll also be able to see the modest room where she slept and worked.

If you want to get stuck into the culture, we recommend trying Bengali street food. One of Calcutta’s most popular snacks is Jhal Muri – a combination of peanuts and puffed rice with a peppering of coriander and spices. And a trip to Calcutta wouldn’t be complete without seeing the iconic Howrah Bridge (officially named Rabindra Setu) – an impressive masterpiece which hovers prettily over the River Ganges.

Calcutta (Kolkata) key facts

Time difference

GMT +5½ hours

Currency

Rupee

Flying time to destination

13 hours (not including stop over time).

Language

Hindi, English and a number of other regional languages

Passport & visas

A visa is needed for travel to India. British passport holders are able to apply for an E-Visa. The E-Visa needs to be applied for online in advance of travel and travellers must possess a machine readable passport. Please call for more information.