Walk - the best way to see Kolkata, especially the older parts of the city, is to walk. Walk around the Maidan area - the lungs of the city - and New Market/Park Street/Chowringhee, and around north Kolkata, the Indian quarter where the rich merchants and landlords built their stately houses.

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Where to

  1. Pan-Asian

    Pan-Asian at the ITC Sonar has the city's best line-up of Asian dishes.

  2. Hotel Rose Valley

    Try Hotel Rose Valley (from Rs 2800), which offers air-conditioned rooms and breakfast.

  3. Sheesha

    Sheesha, located atop a shopping mall on Camac Street, is a bar, lounge and outdoor deck rolled into one.

Must Do

Take a boat down the Hooghly  

Experience a country-boat ride on the Hooghly. Go to Princep Ghat or Babu Ghat, fix a price with a boatman (between Rs 50-100), and cruise down the river the way it's been done for millennia.

Tips for Travellers

You can find cheap lodging on Sudder Street.

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