OVERVIEW

The City of Joy is the hub to exploring Eastern India. Apart from various attractions Kolkata itself  offers, it serves as a gateway to a prettier and relatively unexplored part of India – The North East.

Golfing in Kolkata is  classic. With 2 top golf courses, the Royal Calcutta, the oldest golf course outside Great Britain and Tollygunge Golf Club, one’s guaranteed a solid golfing experience. Combine these with the golf courses in tea garden and hill country and one has a full golfing holiday  in this region alone.

The Victoria Memorial, the football fervour, a packed Eden Gardens for a cricket game, are amongst the various things that make Kolkata special. The Sunderbans, one of the largest mangrove ecosystems is less than 200 km away and worth a trip with possible sightings of the endangered Royal Bengal Tiger and Olive Ridley Turtles.

 In the North East, it is possible to go upto Darjeeling and Sikkim and catch magnificent views of the Himalayas including the Kanchenjunga- in fact some special treks are available in Sikkim. In Assam apart from sampling the tea gardens, a visit to the Kaziranga National Park, home to the Great One Horned Rhino is truly special.

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THINGS TO DO

Kolkata has a rich past, most notably its colonial heritage.  The Victoria Memorial Hall, the Howrah Bridge, Park Street, the Kali Temple – all have a character that are hard to find in the rest of India. Kolkata is also a base for exploring hill stations of Darjeeling and the Himalayas.

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GETTING THERE: Kolkata is connected to Delhi, Mumbai and all other important cities in India. A few international flights from South East Asian countries also fly direct to Kolkata. Within the country there are various low cost airlines between major cities and larger towns so it is easy to fly domestically.

Travelling within India by Road & Rail: India is a large country and it is not recommended to do very long journeys by road within the country. National highways are generally in good condition. Self drive is not recommended as the road rules are not necessarily followed and can seem chaotic for foreigners used to more stringent road rules. Chauffeured transfers are recommended.

The railway network is government owned and is a good way to see the country by taking overnight trains. However, train tickets are in high demand and many times if you don’t book way in advance, you will not be able to get a confirmed booking.

CURRENCY: Indian Rupee (INR) | Avg Currency Value: 1 USD = 67 INR (Currency Converter)

VISA: Most nationalities require a visa in advance to enter India. Foreign Nationals coming to India are required to possess a genuine and valid national passport or any other internationally recognized travel document establishing his/her nationality and identity and bearing photograph of the foreigner. Nepal and Bhutan nationals if entering India by land or air from the Nepal or Bhutan border respectively do not require a passport for entering into India. However, they are required to possess, authorized identity proof. Further if they are entering India from a place other than their own country then possession of their national passport is a must. http://www.boi.gov.in/

Recently, the Govt of India has introduced Tourist Visa-on-Arrival which will be valid for entry and stay into India within the period of its validity subject to conditions specified. The Immigration officer may grant single entry Tourist Visa-on-Arrival up to 30 days to nationals of Finland, Japan, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Singapore , Cambodia, Vietnam, Philippines, Laos, Myanmar and Indonesia.The Tourist Visa on arrival with a maximum validity of 30 days with single entry facility will be provided by the Immigration officer at Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Kochi, Trivandrum and Goa Airports and NOT in any other Immigration Check Posts (ICPs).