Top things to do in Kolkata (Calcutta)

Top Choice Historic Building in Kolkata (Calcutta)

Victoria Memorial

The incredible Victoria Memorial is a vast, beautifully proportioned festival of white marble: think US Capitol meets Taj Mahal. Had it been built for a beautiful Indian princess rather than a colonial queen, this d…
Top Choice Park in Kolkata (Calcutta)

Botanical Gardens

Despite being an awkward journey by public transport, Kolkata’s lovely 109-hectare Botanical Gardens makes for a great place to escape from the city’s frazzling sounds and smells. Founded in 1786, the gardens – home…
Top Choice Religious Site in Kolkata (Calcutta)

Belur Math

Set very attractively amid palms and manicured lawns, this large religious centre is the headquarters of the Ramakrishna Mission, inspired by 19th-century Indian sage Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, who preached the unity …
Top Choice Museum in Kolkata (Calcutta)

Marble Palace

Built in 1835 by a raja from the prosperous Mallick family, this resplendent mansion is as grand as it is curious. Its marble-draped halls are overstuffed with dusty statues of thinkers and dancing girls, much Victo…
Top Choice Area in Kolkata (Calcutta)

Kumartuli Idol-makers

Countless clay effigies of deities and demons immersed in the Hooghly during Kolkata’s colourful pujas (offering or prayers) are created in specialist kumar (sculptor) workshops in this enthralling district, notably…
Top Choice Museum in Kolkata (Calcutta)

Tagore’s House

The stately 1784 family mansion of Rabindranath Tagore has become a shrine-like museum to India’s greatest modern poet. Even if his personal effects don’t inspire you, some of the well-chosen quotations might spark …
Top Choice Fusion in Kolkata (Calcutta)

Corner Courtyard

This reincarnated 1904 mansion has had its walls artistically splattered with doorknobs, locks and old books, complementing its stylish distressed-look decor. The menu is creative, imaginative and designed to please…
Top Choice Bengali in Kolkata (Calcutta)

6 Ballygunge Place

Housed in a superbly renovated mid-20th-century mansion, this top-notch restaurant serves some of the best Bengali fare in town. If you're confused about the ingredients, spices and gravies, skip the menu and hit th…
Top Choice Italian in Kolkata (Calcutta)

Fire and Ice

Founded and directed by an Italian lady from Naples, Fire and Ice's waiters bring forth real Italian (al dente!) pastas and Kolkata’s best thin-crust pizzas. Old film posters give character to the spacious dining ro…
Top Choice South Indian in Kolkata (Calcutta)

Tamarind

This unpretentious restaurant on one of South Kolkata's main thoroughfares serves a melange of traditional and improvised dishes curated from Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. Dishes like Coorgi mutton fry, Chettina…