Tips for Travellers


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Cheaper stay

Don't spend on expensive hotels, try lodging or paying-guest accommodations in Salt Lake, one of the cleanest and most peaceful areas of the city. It'll cost you about Rs 150 per day per bed.

Submitted by Sumit Kumar

Taxi fare

A yellow taxicab goes past the Writers' Bungalow, Kolkata The taxi fare is calculated as two times the amount on the meter, plus Rs 2.

Submitted by Ronodeb Ray

Budget accomodation

You can find cheap lodging on Sudder Street.

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Ticket information

Avoid Block D at Eden Gardens.

Submitted by Ronodeb Ray

Walking

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.

Submitted by Space Crunch

Use public transport

Where you can't walk, try the public transport. It's safe, it's well-organised and reasonably cheap. Trams are for when you're not in a hurry. The Metro, India's first and still running largely on time, travels along a north-south axis and cuts transit time by three-fourths. The yellow taxis are good for late nights. They go by the meter and the drivers are good. The buses are usually very crowded but if you do get on one there's no dearth of help from your fellow passengers.

Submitted by SD Singh

Keep an open mind

Kolkata has some of the most squalid and abject poverty in any Indian metro but it has a charm that has attracted travellers for a couple of centuries. If you open your mind you can look beyond the filth you can still see traces of what was once the second city of the Empire, the mercantile and cultural cutting edge of India.

Submitted by Aparna Jain

Tea in mud pots

Drink lots of fluid. Kolkata is humid at the best of times and a day out can leave one dehydrated. Recharge by drinking lots of water. Try the tea, too, especially when it's sold in small earthenware pots. The tea is boiled and so is safe, and the pots are broken after use and so are hygienic - and eco-friendly.

Submitted by Mirza

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Tips for Travellers

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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