The city is considered India’s cultural and intellectual capital, and you will enjoy a jam-packed trip through the chaotic and charming city streets. Browse the flower market, check out historic artwork and architecture!
What to Expect
Once you’ve been picked up from your hotel, you dive right into city life on your Kolkata tour! Go first to the famous flower market and observe the fast pace of life in Kolkata and the local Bengali culture. Among the array of flowers are the vendors themselves, selling golden-yellow marigolds and wearing the strands of flowers around their waists like long flowery skirts — a perfect photo op, indeed!
You proceed from here to Lal Dighi (meaning “red water” in Bengali), famously known as Tank Square or Dalhousie Square, located in the heart of Kolkata. It’s believed this water tank was constructed during the British era, and so named because of the color the water turned during the festival of Holi or Dol in Bengal. You also walk past various government buildings and the Writer’s Building.
Next up, you visit one of the oldest churches in Kolkata, built on the old burial ground where Job Charnock, the city’s founder, was laid to rest. The church is known for its intricate wood carvings and marvelous glass work, as well as a da Vinci-inspired painting of The Last Supper (but with an Indian touch, of course), by artist John Zoffany.
From there, your Kolkata tour will take you to Jain Temple, also known as the Jewel Box Temple, situated in the northeast corner of the city. This exquisite temple is an ornate mass of mirrors, colored stones, and glass mosaics. You finish off your city tour with a visit to Kumartuli, where idols of gods and goddesses are made out of clay. You’ll get to see the craftsmen at work, carving by hand without using any machinery. You end your tour here and you will be driven back to your hotel, free to spend the rest of your day exploring Kolkata on your own.
- Local English-speaking guide
- Entrance fees
- Bottle of water
What's Not Included
- Additional items of a personal nature
- Tips and gratuities for your guide
Know Before You Go
• Please dress conservatively for visiting religious and historical sites.
• Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour. Children below the age of 6 are not permitted on this tour.