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Kolkata – a city of culture

Book flights to Kolkata with Etihad and immerse yourself in this city of energy, excitement and splendour.

History meets modernity in Kolkata creating a destination known for its culture, art and innovations. Often chaotic, always friendly, and never boring, Kolkata is a place to feel as much as it is to see.

howrah bridge sunrise hooghly river west bengal

Visit the Victoria Memorial’s magnificent expanse of white marble – one of the many architectural reminders of Kolkata’s colonial past, when it was called Calcutta.

Experience the imposing cantilever design of the Hooghly River’s Howrah Bridge and sample the local Bengali cuisine from a street food stall.

Stroll through the sprawling green space of Maidan park and set the world to rights with the students who gather
at the College Street Coffee House. Join the passionate crowds at the Eden Gardens cricket ground.

Start your adventure and book plane tickets to Kolkata with Etihad Airways today.

What’s the weather like in Kolkata?

What’s the weather like in Kolkata?

Average TemperatureAverage Rainfall

Jan

19°C

2cm

Feb

22°C

2cm

Mar

28°C

2cm

Apr

30°C

6cm

May

31°C

13cm

Jun

30°C

24cm

Jul

29°C

39cm

Aug

29°C

34cm

Sep

29°C

29cm

Oct

28°C

12cm

Nov

24°C

1cm

Dec

20°C

1cm

Kolkata is a hot city, and throughout the year the average temperature rarely drops below 20°C. From October to February the city is cooler and less humid.

The city experiences a monsoon season from June which lasts until early September. This is also when the temperatures rise, reaching the high 20°Cs or above.

Reasons to visit Kolkata

queen victoria monument kolkata india

Head to the Victoria Memorial

The white marble Victoria Memorial is often described as the pride and joy of Kolkata. Built in the early 20th century by British colonialists to celebrate the life of Queen Victoria, the building’s Italianate statues and Mughal domes make it an architectural feast for the eyes.

Today, it’s a museum, with 25 galleries displaying weapons, sculptures, paintings, maps, coins, stamps and textiles from Kolkata’s colonial period. At night, the building is illuminated, giving it, and the gardens that surround it, a magical atmosphere.

flower offerings mullik ghat flower market kolkata india

The scents of Mallick Ghat flower market

Immerse yourself in the heart of city life at the Mallick Ghat flower market, sitting on the banks of the Hooghly River, a fixture in Kolkata for over a century.

The largest wholesale flower market in eastern India, the market has an enthralling, chaotic routine that begins around 4am each morning – continuing throughout the rest of the day.

Traders, some of whom live in makeshift shacks near their riverside stalls, compete to sell marigolds, lotus flowers and red and yellow roses in the shadow of the Howrah Bridge.

eden gardens cricket stadium in kolkata

Catch a cricket match

There are few more thrilling experiences than taking your place in a sold-out test match crowd at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens cricket ground.

This ground holds over 60,000 spectators and has hosted countless fixtures during its long and proud history, including the final of the 1987 Cricket World Cup. The atmosphere generated by the city’s loud and passionate fans means that a player’s cricketing education is said not to be fully complete until they take to the crease at Eden Gardens, one of the game’s greatest stages.

Can’t secure a ticket? You’re sure to see locals playing in any space large enough, as the city is full of cricket fanatics.

Things to know before you fly to Kolkata

plane Transfers from the airport

Fly to Kolkata and you’ll land at Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport (CCU), around 10 miles from the city centre. Pre-book a transfer with Etihad online to have a driver waiting for you when you land, or use the public transport buses that are available at the airport.

currency Currency

The currency of India is the rupee (INR). International credit cards are accepted in many stores, while ATMs can be found throughout the city. Haggling and bargaining on prices is part of everyday life in Kolkata, although more upmarket stores tend to have fixed prices.

holiday Durga Puja festival

Every year, one of the biggest celebrations across West Bengal and especially in Kolkata is Durga Puja – honouring the goddess Durga. For this Hindu festival, locals paint sculptures of the goddess, there are processions through the street and pandals (large structures) are decorated and lit up over nine days.

charities Cultural considerations

Porters in West Bengal’s hotels and railway stations should be tipped, as should guides if you opt for a tour around the city. In restaurants, good service can be rewarded by adding between five and 10 per cent to the bill. If you are visiting any religious sites during your stay, be respectful of religious traditions and dress conservatively, covering your arms, shoulders and legs.

Flying to Kolkata: FAQs

What should I see in Kolkata?

Kolkata has numerous attractions, but some of the city’s highlights include the Victoria Memorial, Indian Museum, Birla Planetarium, St Andrew’s Kirk, Chinatown and Bow Barracks. While there’s also the Nicco amusement park, which is commonly described as the Disneyland of West Bengal.

What food is Kolkata known for?

Fish, lentils and rice are the staples of culinary life in Bengal. Hilsa fish is a particular speciality, served in mustard sauce. While lentil curry with vegetables, pickled mangoes and fresh salad is another local favourite. A final speciality to try is Mishti doi, a type of rich, sweet yoghurt.

Where should I eat out in Kolkata?

Park Street, also known as Mother Teresa Sarani, has been a popular place to enjoy evenings out in Kolkata since the city’s colonial era. Packed with lively restaurants, it’s sometimes dubbed ‘the street that never sleeps’.

Why we love Kolkata

“You’ll never forget your first visit to Kolkata. It’s a place that is both incredibly busy and very friendly. There’s such a lot of history to discover and finding out how the city has changed over the years is fascinating.”

The best of India

Kolkata is the gateway to the wonders of vibrant India. There’s so much to discover in India with different regions and a rich variety of cultures, it’s almost like several countries rolled into one. What do they all have in common? They’re wonderful places to visit.

From Mumbai to Goa, Delhi to Kolkata, you’ll find ancient cultures mixed with new and heritage laced with modernity. Proud people of all creeds and culture welcome you to their cities, where you’ll discover what quickens the pulse of today’s generation, while exploring colonial-era buildings. The food is phenomenal too – the regional variations are all part of the voyage of discovery. Find out more about India at Atlas.

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London (LHR) to Kolkata (CCU)

Departure Tue 10 Mar 2020,
Return Wed 8 Apr 2020
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Manchester (MAN) to Kolkata (CCU)

Departure Sun 19 Apr 2020,
Return Sun 10 May 2020
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Weather in Kolkata

29 °C
Monday17 Feb 2020
29 °C
Tuesday18 Feb 2020
31 °C
Wednesday19 Feb 2020
32 °C
Thursday20 Feb 2020
32 °C
Friday21 Feb 2020
33 °C
Saturday22 Feb 2020
35 °C
Sunday23 Feb 2020
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