Kolkata Half DayTour with Hotel Pick-up

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Tour India's cultural and intellectual capital and enjoy a jam-packed trip through the chaotic and charming city streets. Browse the flower market, check out historic artwork and architecture, and learn how modern potters still shape clay idols by hand. 

Highlights
  • A fully-guided tour around Kalkota with hotel pick up and drop off for convenience
  • Spend your morning getting a feel for the chaos of local life in Kolkata
  • Stop and smell the marigolds and other colorful flowers at a popular market
  • Visit historic landmarks such as the mausoleum of the city’s founder
  • Check out the dazzling architecture of the Jewel Box Temple
  • Stop at a local potters’ colony and see how clay idols are crafted by hand 

Description

Once you've been picked up from your hotel, we'll dive right into city life on your Kolkata tour! We'll go first to the famous flower market and observe the fast paced life in Kolkata and the local Bengali culture.

Among the array of flowers are the vendors themselves, selling golden-yellow marigolds and wearing the strands of flowers around their waists like long flowery skirts - a perfect photo opportunity, indeed!

We'll proceed from here to Lal Dighi (meaning "red water" in Bengali), known as Tank Square or Dalhousie Square, located in the heart of Kolkata. It's believed this water tank was constructed during the British era, and so named because of the color the water turned during the festival of Holi or Dol in Bengal. We'll also walk past various government buildings and the Writer's Building.

Next up, we'll visit one of the oldest churches in Kolkata, built on the old burial ground where Job Charnock, the city's founder, was laid to rest. The church is known for its intricate wood carvings and marvelous glasswork, as well as a da Vinci-inspired painting of The Last Supper by artist John Zoffany.

From there, your Kolkata tour will take you to Jain Temple, also known as the "Jewel Box Temple," situated in the northeast corner of the city. This exquisite temple is an ornate mass of mirrors, colored stones, and glass mosaics.

We'll finish off our city tour with a visit to Kumartuli, where idols of gods and goddesses are made out of clay. You'll get to see the craftsmen at work, carving by hand without using any machinery. We'll end our tour here and you will be driven back to your hotel, free to spend the rest of your day exploring Kolkata on your own.

Includes

  • St. John's Church Museum and Jain Temple's entry fees

  • Bottled water

  • English-speaking guide
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Kolkata Half DayTour with Hotel Pick-up

Duration: 4 hour(s)
Available: Daily
Pick-up: Available
Inclusions: St. John's Church Museum and Jain Temple's entry fees / Bottled water / English-speaking guide
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Schedule

  • 08:00

    Pick-up from Hotels in Kolkata

  • Marvel at the Beautiful Flower Market

    The tour starts with a visit to the city's popular flower market. Be sure to bring your camera for several photo opportunities, not just of flowers but with the vendors themselves, adorned with long strands of flowers around the waist.

  • See the Lal Dighi

    Head to the heart of the city to visit Lal Dighi, more popularly known as the Tank Square or Dalhousie Square. Go for a guided stroll to see the numerous historic government buildings as well as the Writer's Building.

  • Stop By One of the Oldest Churches in the City

    Enter one of the oldest churches in Kolkata, renowned for its intricately designed wood carvings and spectacular glass work. See the church's painting of The Last Supper, inspired by da Vinci with a touch of Indian artistry.

  • Explore the Calcutta Jain Temple

    Stop by the Calcutta Jain Temple, also called the Jewel Box Temple. The temple is considered one of the major tourist attractions in the city because of its colossal architecture filled with majestic mirrors, beautiful mosaics, marble floors, and colored stones.

  • Discover a Rich Cultural Tradition in Kumartuli

    End the tour with a visit to Kumartuli, an artistic community where you will find lavish sculptures of numerous deities made out of clay. Witness artisans shape masterpieces using only their hands -- a truly remarkable sight!

  • 12:00

    Drop-off at Hotels in Kolkata

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Restriction(s)
  • The tour price excludes meals and drinks unless specified, personal expenses, tips and gratuities, and optional activity costs.

  • Children 6 years old and above can participate in this activity.

Required Items to Bring & Attire
  • Please dress conservatively as the tour includes visits to religious temples and historical sites.

Additional Note(s)
  • The tour will be conducted in a small group with a maximum of 12 participants.

Booking Requirements (# of participants, vehicles, hours, etc.)
  • You can book a maximum of 12.

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  • Any cancellations made within 2 business days of your activity (after 16:00:00 local time) will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.

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