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Bengali Nights Kolkata Food Tour with 13+ Tastings

2. Bengali Nights Kolkata Food Tour with 13+ Tastings

Greet your guide outside Esplanade metro station at 5:00pm and catch the train up to a district little visited by foreigners and known for its cuisine. When you disembark, you'll dive straight in with an exotic lasse found at a local street vendor before hopping into a tiny joint that's been whipping up some of the best mutton kosha curries in Kolkata for more than a century. As you eat, your guide will tell you stories of old Calcutta. Visit Kolkata's most celebrated local seafood restaurants where you'll try their signature prawns covered in chingri coconut cream sauce and a mouth-watering curried fish mousse steamed in a banana leaf. After leaving you'll clamber aboard one of the old richshaws, the only place where these wooden carts still exist in India and take a short tour of the area en route to the next foodie stop. Gorge on a prawn kabiraji at a legendary kitchen started by a Scot in the 19th Century. Kolkata might seem busy, but your guide will take you on a walk down through a peaceful district pointing out temples and local life along the way. As you meander the backstreets of old Kolkata, you'll try tasty tidbits from the city's most famous onion bhajis to zingy gram salads made from herbs and pulses. Next stop College Street. Here, piles of school book sellers are passed by university students on their way back from lectures. Drop into a local cafe to sample a famed coconut sherbet drink and then dive into Begali treats at a nearby sweet shop. The evening finishes in the faded grandeur of an old colonial coffee shop where students are busy debating, ceiling fans whirl overhead, and waiters serve coffees in traditional garb. This isn't just a foodie tour, it's a tour into the heart of Kolkata.

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Kolkata: A Sea of Faces and A Thousand Places

5. Kolkata: A Sea of Faces and A Thousand Places

Get a proper orientation of Kolkata and feel like a local with this unique tour that follows a story which is titled, 'A Sea of Faces and A Thousand Places'. The locations selected are based on the tour storyline, and the guide plays the role of a narrator. Start your day in the center of the city, Esplanade and meet your guide outside Smaranika Tram Museum. Dive into the heart of this bustling city's life and observe a spectrum of activities amidst imperialistic mansions, modern skyscrapers and lush bold greenery. Next, step into the captivating era of Victorian Kolkata and learn about the birth of this vibrant metropolis in Dalhousie Square. See imperial neo-classical architecture, stroll through intricate grid patterns, and discover timeless tales from heritage landmarks. We stop at an energetic street food alley, a bustling hub of culinary delights. Indulge in a tea break surrounded by stalls serving up delicious and hygienic local fare. Here, you'll have the opportunity to sample the city's favorite dishes, each with its own unique story and flavor profile. Next, we embark on a local bus adventure, traversing the lively streets and cross the iconic Howrah Bridge to reach a ferry point along the ancient and holy river Ganga. Boarding the ferry, we embark on a journey through time itself, sailing along the sacred waters to reach the oldest part of the city. As the wind whispers tales of bygone eras, you'll find yourself transported to a realm where history comes alive. Discover Charming Old North Kolkata. Unveil the area's pre-megapolis essence, explore ancient occupations, old lifestyles, and spiritual threads. Visit a potter's colony named Kumortuli, a secret gym built for revolutionary fighters and an old aristocratic mansion. Our adventure continues with a classic cab ride in the iconic yellow taxi, whisking us away to the vibrant heart of revolution: College Street. Here, amidst the thrum of students and intellectuals, you'll feel the pulse of freedom echoing through the very streets. Immerse yourself in the spirit of liberation as we delve into the stories of the brilliant minds who ignited the flames of liberty in Kolkata. From the luminaries of the Bengal Renaissance to the fearless fighters who dared to dream of independence, every corner of College Street resonates with the legacy of those who shaped history. Our journey culminates at the legendary Indian Coffee House, the oldest cafe in India, where generations of thinkers and visionaries have gathered to share ideas and ideals. Here, amidst the aroma of freshly brewed coffee and the buzz of stimulating conversation, we reflect on the journey that has brought us to this moment in time. Join us as we raise a cup to the past, present, and future of Kolkata, a city where every street corner is steeped in history and possibility.

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Build Your Own: custom private tour of Kolkata with transfer

7. Build Your Own: custom private tour of Kolkata with transfer

Your custom tour of Kolkata begins at a suitable time for you where your English-speaking guide will pick you up from your hotel. Enjoy exploring Kolkata in the comfort of a private air conditioned private vehicle while your local guide gives you recommendations of sites to visit throughout the day. You can visit the famous Victoria Memorial, Flower Market, St. Paul Cathedral church, Dakshineshwar temple & more interesting places. Take a tour of the Prinsep Ghat to enjoy a delicious Indian cuisine. You also have the option to visit famous temples in Kolkata like the Kali Temple, Dakshineshwar temple & more. Peek into the life of great Indian Poet Rabindranath Tagore. The tour lasts for 8 hours. Please note that monument fees and any food purchased during the tour are not included in the tour price.

Kolkata: Full-Day Spirituality & Temples Tour

8. Kolkata: Full-Day Spirituality & Temples Tour

Your tour will begin with a visit to the 200-year-old temple Kali, before changing our course to head onward to St John’s Church. This church was one of the first cathedral churches built by the British in Kolkata, and it's neoclassical architecture holds the grave of Job Charnock. You will then encounter the Magen David Synagogue, with interior walls containing memorial plaques dedicated to the well-known Jews of Calcutta. From here you will visit Nakhoda Masjid, the principal mosque of Kolkata. You will then view the Pareshnath Temple, complete with architectural brilliance and stained glass all over, before enjoying lunch. Following lunch, you will head for the Dakhineshwar temple and the Belur Math. These two temples are separated by the river Ganga and you will enjoy a great experience on the cool and calm ride over the Ganges. At the end of the tour, get dropped off back to the hotel.

Kolkata: Guided Heritage Walking Tour

9. Kolkata: Guided Heritage Walking Tour

Embark on a journey to capture the essence of Kolkata as you explore on foot some of the most iconic and prominent landmarks of the city’s Colonial heritage. Choose from flexible options of a private tour or a shared tour to meet other travelers with optional hotel pickup and drop-off. The tour's first stop is the Writer's building, built in 1777. Once used for the lower bureaucracy of the East India Company, today this stunning Greco-Roman masterpiece is the seat of the West Bengal state government. It is a working office and hence will be seen from outside. Next, walk to the Mausoleum of Job Charnock, who in 1690 bought the villages of Sutanuti, Gobindapur, and Kalikata and over time transformed the region into the capital of East India Company. At the site, learn about how in recent times, a High Court ruling has discredited him as the founder of the city. Continue to St John’s Church, a majestic stone building from 1787, which became the principal cathedral of the region in 1815. Marvel at a painting of the Last Supper on its walls. (On Sundays St John''s church will be closed and we will see St Paul's cathedral instead). Follow your guide to the Governor’s House, built for the Marquess of Wellesley who came to Kolkata as the Governor General of East India Company in 1798. Admire its Neoclassical style with distinct Baroque overtones as you learn about how the Crown gained rule over India during the Colonial era. It is a working office and hence will be seen from outside. Finally, visit the legendary Victoria Memorial, an architectural gem built from marble. Here you can really experience the essence of the Victorian era, set in the middle of the hustle and bustle of modern Kolkata. Note the Museum in Victoria Memorial will be closed on Fridays.

Kolkata: Full-Day Private City Tour with a Local

10. Kolkata: Full-Day Private City Tour with a Local

Discover the highlights of Kolkata on this private sightseeing tour with a local English-speaking guide. Travel comfortably in an air-conditioned sedan or SUV (allotted depending on the number of passengers) and explore famous landmarks such as the Victoria Memorial, St. Paul's Cathedral, and the Kalighat. Get a complete insight into locals' lives by also visiting lesser-known areas, such as the flower market and Belur Math. Start at a time convenient for you with pickup from your hotel. Setting out early is recommended to avoid rush-hour traffic. First, make your way to the Mullick Ghat Flower Market and watch a mass of people at Asia's largest flower market. Then, admire the Victoria Memorial's galleries, statues, and gardens. Continue to St. Paul’s Cathedral, the first Anglican Church in the eastern world, whose unusual “Indo-Gothic” design has survived a series of massive earthquakes. Next, head to Princep Ghat to marvel at the views of the Vidyasagar Setu Bridge. From there, visit the fascinating Dakshineshwar Kali Temple on the banks of the River Hooghly, and learn about the significance of this deity to the Bengalis. After exploring the temple, board a ferry to Belur Math, the headquarters of the Ramakrishna Mission, which preaches the unity of all religions. Pay homage to Mother Teresa at the Missionaries of Charity's Mother House, where she lived for over two decades. Finally, capture images of the famous Howrah Bridge as a wonderful memory of your day in Kolkata. At the end of the tour, you will be dropped back to your hotel.

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Overall a great tour. This is an overview of the history of the city very well explained. This follows a story line as we travel from point to point. It helps explain the modern Kolkata. If you want to get a glimpse of the old Kolkata, and learn about its people this is the tour to take. It includes historical buildings and landmarks. Very interesting.

Overall this was an excellent tour. The focus was on food but there was also lots of interesting information about the city and all the dishes and neighborhoods were placed in context. The guide is super knowledgeable and is a great communicator

Really interesting and enjoyable. A great mix of the culture we were walking through as well as the food that we ate along the way which was absolutely delicious. Very good value for money

Very easy to install on an iPhone 14, just scanned the QR code to install before I left the UK and as soon as I landed in Goa the ESim started to work. No issues at all

Great tour with a really great guide who is truly passionate about his city and knows the places the people the history. Would highly recommend!