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Kolkata Layover Tips For Flight Attendants | WOC

Kolkata Layover Tips For Flight Attendants | WOC

As the former capital of British India, Kolkata retains a feast of colonial-era architecture contrasting starkly with urban slums and dynamic new-town suburbs with their air-conditioned shopping malls. Kolkata is the ideal place to experience the mild yet complex tang of Bengali cuisine. Discover this city of contrasts on your layover with this short tour guide!

What to do in Kolkata for 24h – 48h?

 

Getting around Kolkata

Taxi

The best way to travel in the city is to take the local taxi that run by the meter. They are air conditioned and are quite comfortable. Private app based cab services like Uber are available as well.

Trams

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Dinky but photogenic trams follow more predictable routes along select city tracks, and are immune to one-way traffic.

Tourist attractions for flight attendants in Kolkata

Victoria Memorial

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Commissioned by Lord Curzon, then Viceroy of India, it was designed to commemorate Queen Victoria’s demise in 1901. Inside, highlights are the soaring central chamber and the Calcutta Gallery, an excellent, even-handed exhibition tracing the city’s colonial-era history.

Marble Palace

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Arguably one of India’s best-preserved royal homes, its marble-draped halls are overstuffed with dusty statues of thinkers and dancing girls, much Victoriana, ample Belgian glassware, game trophies of moose heads and fine paintings. Of particular note within the building is the music room, lavishly floored with marble inlay, where Napoleons beat Wellingtons three to one.

Belur Math

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Set very attractively amid palms and manicured lawns, this large religious centre is the headquarters of the Ramakrishna Mission, inspired by 19th-century Indian sage Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, who preached the unity of all religions. Its centrepiece is the 1938 Ramakrishna Mandir, which somehow manages to look like a cathedral, Indian palace and Istanbul’s Aya Sofya all at the same time.

Food and Entertainment in Kolkata

G6 Ballygunge Place

Housed in a superbly renovated mid-20th-century mansion, this top-notch restaurant serves some of the best Bengali fare in town. If you’re confused about the ingredients, spices and gravies, skip the menu and hit the lunch buffet (vegetarian/non-vegetarian), and you’ll be treated to a fantastic sampling of classic and contemporary Bengali cuisine.

Street food

Enjoy the wide range of delicious street food, from Puchkas to Kathi rolls and sweets. This is a must try when in Kolkata! Click this link for more information: https://www.holidify.com/blog/street-food-in-kolkata/

Flurys

Think Tea, bakery delights and old world charm! yes, you have arrived at the right place! Flurys, the legendary tearoom on fashionable Park Street in Kolkata was founded in the year 1927 by a Swiss expatriate couple Mr and Mrs J Flurys. Presenting fine European traditional confections, it  soon became a popular meeting place for all ages.

Shopping in Kolkata

Dakshinapan’s wide range of government emporia, which brings together a mind-boggling artisanal diversity from across India under one roof. There’s plenty of tack, but many shops offer excellent-value souvenirs, crafts and fabrics.

Central Cottage Industries

An impressive array of traditional arts and tribal crafts are on sale at this well-stocked government emporium. Service is a bit impersonal and prices can be steeper than some street establishments, but you can rest assured that you’re only buying genuine and well-curated merchandise here.

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Any fun experiences to share from your layover in Kolkata?

How was your layover in Kolkata? Did you discover any new places? If so, please do share these useful tips with your fellow cabin crew, by commenting below!

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