Filled with culture and British colonial architecture, Calcutta, now known as Kolkata, is the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal. Shedding the name is a reclamation of the city’s Bengali heritage, though Kolkata came into prominence under the rule of the British Empire during which it was the headquarters of the mighty East India Trading Company and also the capital of the British Territories. This fascinating story is easily explored from the Secret Retreats carefully selected boutique hotel in the heart of the city.
To explore the city’s colonial past, visit one of India’s most distinguished buildings, the Victoria Memorial, built to commemorate Queen Victoria, and enjoy the views of this beautiful and majestic building from your room at our luxury hotel in Kolkata, the Glenburn Penthouse. Other sites to see include the Kolkata Botanical gardens or Mother Teresa’s Motherhouse. Sporting enthusiasts will surely enjoy playing golf on one of the world’s oldest courses at the Royal Calcutta Golf Club.
A stay in Kolkata’s boutique hotels immerses you in luxury and refinement, you will feel like royalty. To dip into the city’s Indian heritage, visit the Indian Museum, the Asutosh Museum of Indian Art, Kali Temple and Tagore’s House - a colourful architectural gem. Shop for bankura (clay) horse statues, saris from Shantiniketan, leather goods, and other traditional handicrafts in the New Market area warmly guided by your new found friends from your boutique hotel and home in Kolkata. Trade helped Kolkata prosper and the city’s many markets are a playground for visitors who love a good haggle.
Known as “the City of Joy,” celebrations here take on a vibrancy worthy of note, even in a nation known for riotous celebration and sensory overload as India. Celebrating culture, love and soulfulness, Kolkata harmoniously blends history and modernity in a charming mélange.
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The Best Areas to Stay in KolkataSprawling and densely packed, Kolkata’s neighbourhood streets offer much to be discovered and each area of the city hides its own delights. When looking for the best areas to stay in Kolkata, consider areas around the activities you plan to do. The city is vibrant and engaging, but it can also be overwhelming at times and you will be glad to be able to retreat to your luxury hotel in Kolkata to rest and relax.
Central Kolkata and the Maidan – the Best Place to Stay in Kolkata for TouristsThe old city of Calcutta grew from the central Fort William, built by the British to defend their trading outpost. In the central neighbourhood of Dharmatala, you can stroll down time-honoured lanes and see many of the city’s most notable monuments and sites, including the Metropolitan building and the Indian Museum. West of this block of historical buildings you’ll find the Maidan, an expansive open green space and the Shaheed Minar monument.
As the best place to stay in Kolkata for tourists, this area is highly walkable and picturesque. Stay in an elegant colonial mansion overlooking the gorgeous Victoria Monument to complete your experience and enjoy the best of historic Kolkata.
Wander up a bit to explore the incredible markets of Bara Bazaar located in a historic neighbourhood famed across India and around the world. Anything you desire can be bought here. The expansive bazaar is divided into its own district and sub-markets that each specialise in different goods. Further east you’ll find Kolkata’s Chinatown, known as Tangra, which is littered with Chinese temples, eateries and maze-like markets. The area is part of the “border neighbourhoods” that separate the city’s historically British and ethnic sections.
Stay at Boutique Hotels in North KolkataFor a more local and artistic flavour, head to the northern part of the city. Some of the best boutique hotels in Kolkata are found in this area. Be sure to explore the artisanal neighbourhood of Kumortali. Renowned for pottery, you can discover narrow lanes lined with incredibly crafted clay sculptures of idols and deities. Wander further east to check out the up and coming hipster area of Bidhannahar where you’ll find the city’s tech classes and young urbanites with a penchant for cafes, stylish eateries and nightlife.
Stay in a Stylish South Kolkata Luxury HotelKolkata’s more modern areas can be found south of the city centre and while the heritage buildings may be ever so slightly fewer, the history and cultural caché is far from lacking. Here you’ll find one of the oldest neighbourhoods in the city, Kalighat, which is known for being home to the famous Kalighat Kali Temple. In South Kolkata, you’ll also discover Tollygunge, the ”Hollywood” of the Bengali movie industry. If your preferred aesthetic for a boutique hotel in Kolkata is more contemporary, South Kolkata is where you’ll want to stay.
Begin Planning Your Journey in West Bengal by Booking a Boutique Hotel in Kolkata with Secret RetreatsWith so much to choose from, it can be overwhelming to plan your luxury Indian holiday in Kolkata. Book a luxury hotel in Kolkata through Secret Retreats and let us help you plan the ultimate stay. Our network of boutique hotels in Kolkata offer not simply the best place to stay in Kolkata, but a unique chance to connect with the local culture and learn about the city through your hosts.
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