Tourist and Travel Information of Kolkata

Getting to Kolkata

Kolkata also known as Calcutta (the official name until 2001) is the "cultural capital" of India and the capital of India until 1911 and now the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal. It is the third-most populous metropolitan area in India. The Port of Kolkata is India's oldest operating port and its sole major riverine port. The city, nicknamed the "City of Joy" is widely regarded for its educational and cultural heritage and six Nobel Laureates have been associated with the city.

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Kolkata Airport, named as Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport, is located some 16 km (9.9 mi) north-east of the city center, operates domestic and international flights. The airport is a major center for flights to Northeast India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, and Southeast Asia. In 2014 and 2015, Kolkata Airport won the title of Best Improved Airport in the Asia-Pacific region awarded by the Airport Council International.

The ways to reach the Venue from the airport

Kolkata Airport is situated about 12 km from the Rajabazar Campus of the University of Calcutta, Salt Lake City in Kolkata. Approximate travel time from Kolkata Airport to the venue/nearby hotels is about 40 minutes. Please allow extra time during rush hour, inclement weather, and special events.



Kolkata is subject to a tropical wet-and-dry climate. The annual mean temperature is 26.8 C (80.2 F); monthly mean temperatures are 19-30 C (66-86 F). January, the coldest month, has temperatures varying from 12-23 C (54-73 F). The conference timing i.e. the winter is mild and very comfortable weather pertains over the city throughout this season.



The Indian rupee (currency code: INR) is the official currency of India. The rupee is subdivided into 100 paise (singular: paisa), though as of 2019, coin of denomination of 1 rupee is the lowest value in use. The issuance of the currency is controlled by the Reserve Bank of India. You can exchange money at authorized money exchange points at Kolkata Airport and many other money exchange points around Kolkata. The majority of establishments and ATMs will also accept credit cards such as Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Diners, etc.



India is a vast and demographically varied country. There are 22 official languages of India. The people of Kolkata speaks in official language Bengali, sixth most spoken language in the world. The majority of habitants speak at least one other language like Hindi and English, therefor the English is widely spoken in Kolkata.


Time zone

Time zone in Kolkata, West Bengal is GMT+5:30.



In India, the power sockets are of type C and D. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.

Visitors from abroad

International Travel Information

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Specific travel requirements for travelling to India can be found on the Bureau of Immigration, Ministry of Home Affairs website.

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