Why You Should Visit Kolkata
As India’s second largest city, Kolkata is celebrated as the cultural capital of India in homage to its vibrant artistic scene and excellent cultural institutions. There are many beautiful buildings situated around the city such as the National Library of India and the Victoria Memorial, while travelers interested in exploring the rich heritage of the city must visit some of its many great museums like the Indian Museum for an in-depth experience. Southern Kolkata has a much more modern feel to it compared to the rest of the city – here you will find many of the city’s finest shopping centers alongside beautiful green areas and parks like the Rabindra Sarovar. You can also find many exciting cultural events and festivals taking place in the city all year round - if you are visiting during October don’t miss out on the spectacular Durga Puja Hindu festival.
Arriving In Kolkata
Kolkata Airport is located just over 15 km outside of the city and is set within a brand-new terminal complex which handles both international and domestic flights. The easiest way to get to your destination once you have arrived is to visit a taxi stand and arrange for a prepaid taxi, or you can find local buses in the area if you are on a budget. Renting a car in Kolkata is also an option. Inside the airport you will find an extensive range of amenities and services including duty-free shopping and plenty of places to eat and drink.
Travelers looking for flights from the UAE to Kolkata have the option to fly out of Abu Dhabi or Dubai. If you are coming from Abu Dhabi you can catch flights with Etihad Airways, while travelers based in Dubai are able to make the journey with Emirates.
* This information is correct as of March 2019
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Kolkata Travel Information
UAE nationals looking to travel to India will be able to apply online for an e-visa before making the journey which is valid for a period of up to 60 days. The weather in Kolkata is warm all year round and gets especially hot between March and June with average highs of around 35 degrees. However, the region experiences a rainy season beginning in June and continuing until September so be prepared for plenty of rain during this period. Kolkata has a number of public transport networks including a metro system as well as buses, trains and trams, so it is easy to get around and explore the city.
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