Kolkata
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  • Kolkata: Full-Day City Tour with Lunch

    1. Kolkata: Full-Day City Tour with Lunch

    Begin your full-day tour of Kolkata at the Mausoleum of Job Charnock, the founder of modern Kolkata in 1690. Visit St John’s Church which was built in 1787 by architect James Agg. This majestic stone and brick structure became the principal Cathedral of Calcutta in 1815. A highlight of the Church is the “Last Supper” painting on its walls. The next destination is the iconic Writers Building. Built in 1777, it was meant for the lower bureaucracy of East India Company. Today this Greco-Roman masterpiece is the seat of the West Bengal state government. Your guide will shed light on the landmark events which took place in India’s freedom struggle with the Writers Building as the backdrop. Since this is a working office, you will see it from outside. Proceed then to the Governor’s House, a remarkable building which was built for Marquess of Wellesley in 1803 by the famous English architect ...

  • Full-Day Tour of Kolkata

    2. Full-Day Tour of Kolkata

    Take a trip to one of India’s four major metropolises with this full-day sightseeing tour of Kolkata. Experience this vibrantly cultural city, with its mix of British and Indian architecture, as you are led through its streets by a professional English-speaking tour guide. On your tour, you will see historic, modern, European, and Asian sights, all together in one city. Visit the beautiful Victoria Memorial, a building dedicated to Victoria, the former Queen of the United Kingdom and Empress of India. Inside is a museum documenting the history of the city. You can also stare in wonder at the stars in Birla Planetarium, where stepping inside is like stepping outside on a clear, bright night. The old British Fort William is an imposing sight to behold, while the Mother Teresa Ashram will remind you of the hardships many people face, and stir you on to follow in her loving footsteps. For ...

  • Kolkata: Full-Day Private City Tour with a Local

    3. 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 earthquake...

  • Kolkata: Uptown 15-Taster Food Tour

    4. Kolkata: Uptown 15-Taster Food Tour

    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 masala curries in Kolkata for more than a century. As you eat, your guide will tell you stories of old Calcutta. Jump aboard a local bus for a short journey up to one of Kolkata's most celebrated seafood restaurants where you'll try their signature jumbo prawn 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 ka...

    Great tour to see Kolkata from another side and enjoy delicious food! Avik is a great guide with lots of insights about the city. Can totally recommend it!

  • Kolkata: Custom Private Full Day Tour

    5. Kolkata: Custom Private Full Day Tour

    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: 3-Hour British Heritage Walking Tour

    6. Kolkata: 3-Hour British 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, exclusive to your booking, or a join-in tour, where you can meet other travelers. You can also request a hotel pickup and drop-off for added convenience. 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. 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 the t...

    We knew a bit about Kolkata already so our guide had time to answer plenty of our questions. The stop for a refreshment came just in time in the heat.

  • Kolkata: Private House of Mother Teresa & Church Tour

    7. Kolkata: Private House of Mother Teresa & Church Tour

    After pickup from your accommodation in Kolkata, you’ll head to St Andrew’s Church. This was the only Scottish church in Kolkata and was completed in 1818. Listen as your guide tells stories of the steeple, which was higher than that of St John’s Church and caused some controversy at the time. Next up you’ll visit St Paul’s Cathedral, the first Episcopal Church in the eastern world. The cathedral took 8 years to build and was finished in 1847. Note its Gothic-style stained glass windows and frescoes in the Florentine Renaissance style. Continue to South Park Cemetery, the largest Christian cemetery outside Europe and America in the 19th century. The cemetery covers 8 acres of space and contains graves belonging to prominent British citizens and high officials of the East India Company. Finally visit Mother’s House, the former residence of Mother Teresa. The building remains the headqu...

  • Kolkata: Half-Day Morning Tour w/ Flower Market

    8. Kolkata: Half-Day Morning Tour w/ Flower Market

    Start your journey at 07:00 with a hotel pick-up, where your guide will brief you about the day's activities. You will start by visiting a flower market from where you can get a perfect picture view of the Howrah Bridge. Next, make a visit to Prinsep Ghat and enjoy a Masala Chai on the bank of the river. A small boat ride can be arranged upon request at your own cost. Later, visit Victoria Memorial, a large marble building built from 1906 to 1921 and dedicated to the memory of Queen Victoria. Afterwards, visit St. Paul Cathedral Church. Construction started in 1839 and is said to be the largest cathedral in Kolkata. At the end of the tour, you will be dropped back off at Park Street, where you will be free to explore the city on your own.

  • Private Kolkata Tour with Victoria Memorial & Tonga Ride

    9. Private Kolkata Tour with Victoria Memorial & Tonga Ride

    At 9:00 AM your guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel lobby to start an enchanting tour exploring the wonders of the famous City of Joy – Kolkata. The first stop is the monumental symbol of Kolkatam, the Victoria Memorial. Designed by Sir William Emerson, the Victoria Memorial is a fine example of Indo-Saracenic style. The architecture of Victoria also has elements from the Mughals that adds to the elegance of the structure. The garden especially was designed by Lord Redesdale and Sir David Prain. This special memorial was established to honor Queen Victoria. Now it's time for a fun tonga ride, which is often referred to as the heritage ride along the VIP circle area. The exclusive city tour continues with a drive around St. John’s Church. St. John’s is one of the first architectural wonders created by the British during their stay in Kolkata.  The spiritual journey continue...

  • Kolkata Church Walk: Convergence of Different Faiths

    10. Kolkata Church Walk: Convergence of Different Faiths

    Explore the confluence of different faiths from around the world in Kolkata, the City of Joy. Take a guided 3-hour walking tour in a group of no more than 12 people, and find out about centuries of the city's rich history, culture, and architecture as you visit various places of worship. Begin your tour at St. John's Church at 8 AM and then walk to the breathtakingly beautiful Magen David and Neveh Shalome Synagogues, the biggest and first synagogues in Kolkata respectively. Trace the history of Baghdadi Jews in India at Neveh Shalome, swoon at the buildings' interiors, and interact with the local informative keepers, who all happen to be of the Islamic faith. Once you're done, follow your guide to the Armenian Church of Holy Nazareth, the center of the Armenian community in India. Explore the beautiful architecture of a church that is believed to be the oldest in India, find out more ...

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What people are saying about Kolkata

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 5 reviews

If you have decided to discover good Bengali cuisine then you have found the right guide. Some dishes eat in the street are almost gourmet and your guide will explain with passion the whole history of Calcutta Where he was born you will discover a small neighborhood in which you would not even have engaged us and a very hospitable population a turn not to miss

A really good way of getting off the beaten track and learning about Kolkata (or Calcutta as he still likes to call it!) as well as tasting some delicious food. Avik is passionate about his city and its history and has put together a very interesting tour.

Wonderful evening Our guide Avik Mitra was really perfect and attentive to every detail. His explanations were clear instructive and exciting. Another big thank you to Avik To recommend absolutely A very big thank you for this evening

Great tour to see Kolkata from another side and enjoy delicious food! Avik is a great guide with lots of insights about the city. Can totally recommend it!

Very communicative, personable, knows Kolkatta very well and knows a lot to tell.