Orbitz.com can help you plan your travel itinerary and book cheap flights to Kolkata, the capital city of West Bengal in India and one of the country's largest cities. Kolkata, formerly known as Calcutta, is the cultural center of India and the site of the Bengal Renaissance. It is a large city that meanders along the Hooghly River. The most important parts of the city to see are south of the Howrah Bridge in the areas around BBD Bagh and Chowringhee.
Travelers can fly into Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport, located in Dum Dum, approximately 10 miles northeast of downtown. Eighteen airlines fly into this airport, including United Airways, SpiceJet, Jet Airways and Air India. The recommended way to get from the airport is by prepaid taxi. The cost of a ride to the center of the city is approximately Rs 150 to Rs 250, depending on your final destination. A new transportation option is Volvo bus service operated by Royal Cruiser. The buses are parked outside of the domestic terminal and charge between Rs 20 to Rs 40 per person.
Kolkata experiences summer, monsoon and winter seasons. Visitors should avoid monsoon season, which lasts from June until September. Summer season from March through May is hot and humid, with temperatures around 104ºF. The best time to visit Kolkata is during the winter season from November to February, when the high temperatures average around 64ºF. There is lots to see and do in Kolkata, but some of the most popular attractions include Gurusaday Museum, Science City, the Birla Planetarium, the Marble Palace and Kalighat. Tourists also enjoy taking a tuk tuk ride from Chandni Chowk to Lohapool and attending the Durga Puja in October, a festival honoring the Hindu goddess Durga.
Visiting Kolkata is a unique and memorable experience that will impress the most jaded world traveler. There is a depth of cultural experiences in Kolkata that can take many visits to fully explore. Orbitz.com can help you make travel plans that are cheap and convenient, starting with finding cheap flights to Kolkata and the most affordable places to stay.
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