Luxury and boutique hotels in Kolkata

If Delhi is India’s head, Kolkata is its soul: culture, literature, cinema, music and spirituality all flower here in the capital of West Bengal, amid the faded Raj-era architecture. And though poverty and inequality certainly persist, it’s a cosmopolitan city that hums with creativity and joy – you’ll feel the buzz in the bustling bazaars, graceful gardens and colourful streets.

When to go

To avoid summer heat and heavy storms, it’s best to visit between September and June.

Getting there

  • Planes

    Fly to Kolkata with Air India, Etihad or Emirates. There are few direct international flights, so you’ll need to connect in Dubai, New Delhi or Mumbai.
  • Trains

    The state of West Bengal is your oyster from Kolkata Railway Station – it’s large, modern and well-served.
  • Automobiles

    Leave driving to the professionals here – the best way to get around is by hailing one of the ubiquitous and affordable bright yellow taxis; negotiate a price before setting off.