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Kolkata Travel Guide

Kolkata is the second largest city in India and is known as the “Cultural Capital of India”. It is a popular hub of ages-old architecture and art galleries. Festivals like Durga Puja, Kali Puja and Diwali are celebrated with great pomp and show.
Major tourist attractions in and around Kolkata are Victoria Memorial, the Indian Museum, Eden Garden, Fort William, Howrah Bridge, Kali Temple of Dakshineswar, the Kalighat Kali Temple, Belur Math, Rabindra Sarovar, Birla Temple, Science City and many more. One must not miss trying the world-famous sweets like Rosogulla, Mishti Dahi and Ras Malai. The climate is hot and humid. Months from October to March are good to visit this city.
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How to Reach Kolkata
Kolkata is one of the most frequented metro cities in India. It was once the capital city of India, during British India, and is often dubbed as the Gateway of East India. Being one of the oldest metro cities, it has no dearth of communication and infrastructure that connects Kolkata globally. Not only in terms of transportation but even in technology Kolkata today is connected globally. Rich with culture, art and music the city is proud being the abode of many renowned personalities. Developed as an eminent administrative hub in India and siring as one of the prominent financial and technology hubs, the city is also visited by corporate and business tycoons. The city is also one of the important Hindu pilgrimage centers and thus it draws in many devotees from distant parts of the country. Some of the eminent tourist spots and sites in Kolkata are the Kalighat Kali Temple, Dakshineshwar Temple, Victoria memorial Hall, Indian Museum, Science City, Princep Ghat, Vidyasagar Setu, Howrah Bridge or Rabindra Setu, Eden Gardens, Fort William, Trams and handpull rickshaws that pulls in travellers. The city host an international cricket ground, The Eden Gardens, which is one of the most popular cricket grounds in the world for its mass capacity. In terms of education the city is also proud of holding the most prominent management institution, The IIM Calcutta. Thus from the posh avenues of South Kolkata and the lights and sounds of Park Street to the congested alleys of central and North Kolkata, Kolkata is often dubbed as the ‘City of Joy’. One who is fussing over how to reach Kolkata should not worry much.
One who is located far from the Indian terrain, may catch a flight to Kolkata as the city holds an international airport. The Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport or Kolkata International Airport is one of the busiest airports in the country that connects Kolkata directly to all the major cities in India as well as to eminent international cities like Doha, Dubai, Bangkok, Singapore, Chittagong, Dhaka, Hong Kong, Kunming, Kuala Lumpur, Kathmandu and Paro. Even one can get indirect flights to New York, Toronto, Sydney, Tokyo, Cairo and other major international cities. For domestic travellers one is going to get flights from Delhi to Kolkata, Mumbai to Kolkata, Bangalore to Kolkata, Chennai to Kolkata, Guwahati to Kolkata and Hyderabad to Kolkata like you catch an auto in your city. Nonetheless even flight rates to Kolkata are cheaper than other cities.
If you are in and around Kolkata or nestling in one of its neighboring states like Orissa, Jharkhand, Bihar, Sikkim and Assam, then you can even plan to drive to Kolkata. The city is having a good network of roadways, from national highways to state highways Kolkata is well connected by road to major cities of India. The National Highways numbering 2, 5, 6 and 34 passes the city connecting Kolkata to cities major industrial towns and cities in West Bengal and in India. So one planning to reach Kolkata by road may undoubtedly start his engine. Even regular buses ply from Esplanade, which is a major commercial hub in Kolkata, to Digha, Mandarmoni, Haldia, Diamond Harbour, Durgapur, Asansol, Burdwan, New Jalpaiguri and Siliguri. Outside the state border there are buses from Kolkata to Puri, Cuttack and Bhubaneshwar in Orissa, Ranchi and Jamshedpur in Jharkhand and Gaya and Patna in Bihar. The distance from Haldia to Kolkata is approximately 120kms, Asansol to Kolkata en route Durgapur and Burdwan is approximately 205kms and one planning a drive from Kolkata to Digha, which is approximately 180kms, may reach within 4 hours. The major road distances from Patna to Kolkata is approximately 580kms en route Gaya, Dhanbad and Asansol, Ranchi to Kolkata is 400kms en route Jamshedpur and Kharagpur and from Puri to Kolkata en route Bhubaneshwar, Cuttack and Kharagpur is 500 kms. The distance from Siliguri to Kolkata is approximately 580kms and it takes half a day to reach.
The Howrah Railway Station and the Sealdah Railway Station are the two major railway station in Kolkata that connects the city to all the major cities in India. The Kolkata railway Station or the Chitpur Railway station, Shalimar Railway Station and the Kharagpur Railway Station acts as substitutes. The Rajdhani Express, Durontto Express and Shatabdi Express are some of the super fast trains that run daily. Whereas special trains like Yuva Express and garib Rath Express connects Kolkata to major cities in India. Hence one who is planning to reach Kolkata by train need not to worry about. Even Kolkata is connected to Jammu, Kanyakumari, Guwahati and Ahmedabad.

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Passenger landing in Kolkata from Mumbai, have to undergo institutional quarantine or home quarantine for 14days ?
From 6th to 19th of July there will be no flights operating from Kolkata to major cities including Mumbai. Question of quarantine does not arise during this period and there is no policy decision taken as yet regarding quarantine after this period. So wait and watch.
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Have local transport services like autos, three-wheelers etc resumed in the city?
Local transport like autorickshaws are allowed to ply with 2 passengers. Transport facilities are prohibited in containment zones.
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Are residential societies, offices and hotels recording temperature of visitors?
Thermal screening of employees is done at the offices and hotels.
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Are electricians, plumbers, gardeners, maids etc. permitted inside societies and residential colonies?
All self-employed workers like electricians, plumbers, gardeners and maids are allowed to resume work in non-containment areas. However, people are not allowed to step out of their homes for non-essential activities between 10 pm to 5 am.
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Are buses, metros and other public transport sanitized at regular intervals?
Yes buses and private transport.
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