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Navigating Kolkata alone can be quite intimidating, considering how rich the city is with sites of historic, cultural, and artistic importance. Taking a guided tour can help you make the most of your time in the city, and not miss out on any of its top attractions. To help you out, we have rounded up the best tours to take.
Kolkata has a vibrant street food culture that’s also reflective of its cosmopolitan past. From kathi rolls and Bengali street desserts to Indo Chinese delicacies, there’s a lot to be tried here. A variety of local tour operators offer street food tours of the city. Calcutta Walks’ Street Food Calcutta tour is a great option that lets you sample a wide range of items over the course of a three-hour walking period around the city’s historic New Market Area.
Kolkata is home to many historic markets. However, Burrabazar is one you should not miss out on, being one of India’s oldest and largest wholesale markets. Divided into various large sub-markets, each of which trade in specialized goods, this large market can be accessed through various walking tours. Free Walk Kolkata’s Burrabazar tour is among your best options, spanning two hours, including time for you to shop and snack a bit from the bazar’s famous food stalls.
Having been the capital of India during the British Raj era, Kolkata is home to numerous colonial era monuments. The Raj Heritage Walk takes you through some of the key highlights including the Writers’ Building, Shaheed Minar and St. John’s Church, among other iconic buildings over the span of a couple hours. You can also get walking tours customized to fit in other sites of attraction you may want to visit.
To get a taste of Kolkata’s richly cosmopolitan past, sign up for this walking tour which will take you through hubs of the local Chinese Indian, Armenian Indian and Jewish communities, among others. With a breakfast spot at the city’s old Chinatown – the only one of its kind to exist in India – this tour has marked itself among Kolkata’s best.
Kolkata Magic’s walking tour takes you through two of the city’s most iconic landmarks – the Mallick Ghat Flower Market, one of the largest of its kind in the continent, and Howrah Bridge, among the world’s busiest bridges. It spans two-and-a-half hours and includes a ferry ride on the Hooghly River.
If you find yourself in the City of Joy during the holy month of Ramzan, then this tour will help you make the most of your good fortune. Mostly centred around Nakhoda Mosque, the city’s primary mosque, this guided tour will take you through the countless street food stalls that pop up during this season.
Kolkata is home to many historic temples, each of which are well worth a visit. Organized by Lets Meet Up Tours, this guided tour of the city’s most iconic temples is the most efficient way you can experience the city’s spiritual history without grappling for time. Spanning six hours and including car rides, this tour will take you through Kalighat Temple, Belur Math, Dakshineswar Kali Temple, and Pareshnath Jain Temple.