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Kolkata, the cultural capital of India, is a treasure trove of amazing sights created by the intermingling of colonial architecture and religious shrines with modern day marvels such as the Shahid Minar. The Victoria Memorial, Writers' Building and Botanical Gardens are among the best representation of British colonial architecture in the city. While Dakshineshwar Temple and Belur Math Shrines rank among the top religious attractions of culturally exhilarating Kolkata. On the other hand, shopaholics and gourmands coming to Kolkata from all over the world tend to converge at top shopping/snacking destinations like New Market, Park Street and at the numerous modern-day malls that dot this thriving urban centre.
Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport is the key international gateway to this leading metropolis and its neighbouring areas. The terminal is replete with a wide range of world class passenger amenities ranging from lavish lounges and duty free shopping facilities to spas and snazzy restaurants/cafes. Located only a short distance away from the heart of Kolkata, this airport is well connected to nearby areas via cheap public transport as well as efficient taxi services. Those interested in journeying further may choose to board domestic flights from the airport's domestic terminal which is easily accessible from the international terminal.
India's national carrier Air India and UK's national carrier British Airways are the popular choices among those flying to the city. However, the private carrier Jet Airways is also a preferred by many Britons due to its extensive international and domestic operations. Most flights from UK to Kolkata are routed through hubs airports in Europe and the Middle East as it is considered to be a long-haul route. Other leading airlines that operate regular flights to Kolkata from major UK airports such as Heathrow include Virgin Atlantic, Emirates, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways, Thai Airways, Singapore Airlines and Royal Brunei Airlines.
Kolkata is one of the leading metropolises of India, hence the accommodation option available in the city range from dormitories favoured by those travelling on a limited budget to budget hotels and five star rated establishments. Those interested in luxurious holidays should consider booking with globally renowned hotels like ITC Sonar Bangla, Hyatt Regency, Oberoi Grand, The Park and Taj Bengal. Travellers seeking budget options may book with hotels such as Pan Asia Continental, Middleton Inn, Mark Hotel, Avenue Regent as well as many others in the city. All of these provide their guests with all modern amenities in line with global standards.
Kolkata's climate is tropical and it tends to be warm and humid throughout the year except for the pleasant winter weather. The pleasant weather conditions also correspond with the peak tourist traffic hence bookings for air tickets to Kolkata in December and January are best made early. The festive months of October and November are the best time for those seeking a slice of this city's unique heritage however getting confirmed bookings cheap flights may be tricky. For those seeking deals on accommodations and air tickets, February is probably the best time as weather conditions are conducive but tourist traffic is comparatively less.
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