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Kolkata Art and Cultural Tour 7D/6N

West Bengal, Kolkata
INR 16,275.00
Holiday Overview

Kolkata is the capital of West Bengal & second largest city in India, formerly known as Calcutta. Well known for its grand colonial architecture, art galleries and cultural festivals like Durga Pooja. Visiting famous monuments like Howrah Bridge is one of the busiest bridge in the world, Victoria Memorial is the most popular landmark of Kolkata etc. Later proceed to Shantiniketan. It was established by Rabindranath Tagore. Now a university town. From Shantiniketan proceed towards Bishnupur which is famous for its terracota temples.

Holiday Highlights
  • Visit Kopai & Khoai River, Visva - Bharati University Campus, Ballavpur Deer Park at Shantiniketan.
  • Visit Jore Bunglow, Madanmohan Temple, Chhinnamasta Temple at Bishnupur
  • Visit Howrah Bridge, Vivekananda Setu, GPO, Writers Building, Eden Garden Stadium at Kolkata.
Getting There
By Air

The nearest airport is Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport. This airport is 14 km from the center of Kolkata.

By Rail

There are two major railway stations in Kolkata - Howrah and Sealdah. Kolkata is well connected by rail to almost all the big stations in India and also serves as the gateway to the North Eastern India.

By Road

Salt lake is the main bus stop.

Day 1
Arrival at Kolkata Airport / Railway Station

On arrival at Kolkata Airport / Railway Station you will be greeted by our local Representative who will transfer you to the hotel. Check into your hotel and refresh. Rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight stay at Kolkata.

Meals - No Meals
Day 2
Kolkata – Shantiniketan (Approx 210Kms/4Hrs)

After an early breakfast check out from hotel & transfer to Shantiniketan. Shantiniketan was founded in 1901 by Noble Laureate Shri. Rabindra Nath Tagore who visualized a perfect harmony of humanity with nature. On arrival check in to your hotel & rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay at Shantiniketan.

Meals - Breakfast
Day 3
Shantiniketan Sightseeing

After breakfast proceed for sightseeing. Visit Kopai & Khoai River, Amar Kutir (Handicraft Center), Visva - Bharati University Campus, the complex at "Uttarayan", Art Gallery, Museum & Ballavpur Deer Park. Evening free at leisure. Overnight stay at Shantiniketan.

Meals - Breakfast
Day 4
Shantiniketan - Bishnupur (Approx 190Kms/4Hrs)

After breakfast check out from your hotel & drive to Bishnupur. On arrival check into your hotel and refresh. Rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight stay at Bishnupur.

Meals - Breakfast
Day 5
Bishnupur Sightseeing - Kolkata (Approx 170Kms/4Hrs)

After breakfast check out from your hotel and later visit temples where you can find unique art of Terracotta. And also you can find famous Sarnachuri & Baluchuri Sarees. Visit Jore Bunglow, Madanmohan Temple, Chhinnamasta Temple & Dalmadal Kaman. Later drive back to Kolkata. Arrive & Check in at hotel & evening free at leisure. Overnight stay at Kolkata.

Meals - Breakfast
Day 6
Kolkata City Tour

After breakfast start for full day Kolkata city tour covering Howrah Bridge, Vivekananda Setu, GPO, Writers Building, Eden Garden Stadium, (Drive Pass), Belur Math, Dakshineswar Temple, St. Pauls Cathedral Church, Victoria Memorial Hall, Mother House & Birla Temple. Overnight stay at Kolkata.

Meals - Breakfast
Day 7
Departure from Kolkata Airport / Rly. Station

After breakfast check out from the hotel and transfer to Airport / Railway Station for onward journey.

Meals - Breakfast
Tour Validity Valid From Valid Upto
Validity 01/07/2017 31/12/2017
Not Valid for: 20th Dec 2015 to 5th Jan 2016
Season Price Category 2 pax 4 pax 6 pax Ex. Adult Child w. Bed Child w/o Bed Single
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Whats Included
  • Assistance on arrival at airport
  • Accommodation in well appointed rooms
  • Welcome drink on arrival at Hotel
  • Meals inclusive of Daily Breakfast & Dinner
  • All transportation by Indigo/similar car for 02 -03 Pax & Xylo/Innova/similar for 04-06 Pax
  • All Sightseeing & Transportation as per the Itinerary, inclusive of all toll, taxes and driver allowances.
Whats Excluded
  • Air fare / train fare.
  • Guide, camera charges & Monuments Entrance fees during sightseeing.
  • Expenses of personal nature such as meals, tips, telephone calls, laundry, liquor, Insurance etc.
  • Supplement will be applicable for Single occupancy.
  • Any other item not specified in the Package Inclusions.
  • Govt. Service tax @ 9% will be applicable on the total bill.
Cancellation Policy
  • From Date of booking - 30 days only communication charges of INR 2000 per person.
  • 30 -15 Days prior to departure - 25% of tour cost.
  • 14-07 Days prior to departure - 50% of tour cost.
  • 07- 03 Days prior to departure - 75% of tour cost.
  • 02 Days / No show - 100% of tour cost.
Terms and Conditions
  • Packages are valid up to 31st Dec 2018 ** (Except Long Weekend) **
  • Govt. Service tax @ 9% will be applicable on the total bill.
  • Vehicle and Transportation will be as per itinerary only and not at disposal.
  • Refund on cancellation depends upon the above cancellation policy.
  • The Seller Reserves the right to change/modify or terminate the offer any time at its own discretion and without any prior notice.
  • Supplementary charges will apply for booking falling during Long weekends, Public Holidays and Festival time such as Diwali, Christmas & New Year period.
  • As per Govt. norm Guests are required to present your photo ID Proof such as PAN Card, Passport, Voter ID or Driving License at the time of Check in at the hotel.
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Areas Covered
  • Kolkata : Kolkata formerly known as Calcutta is the capital of India's West Bengal state. Founded as an East India Company trading post, it was India's capital under the British Raj from 1773-1911. Today it’s popular for its grand colonial architecture, art galleries and cultural festivals. It’s also home to Mother House, headquarters of the Missionaries of Charity, founded by Mother Teresa, whose tomb is on site.

  • Shantiniketan : Santiniketan is a small town near Bolpur in the Birbhum district of West Bengal, India, approximately 160 kilometres north of Kolkata. It was established by Rabindranath Tagore, whose vision became what is now a university town, Visva-Bharati University. It has produced such diverse personalities as Indira Gandhi and Amartya Sen. It has been home to great artists and musicians.

  • Bishnupur : It is a town in Rarh in India famous for its terracota temples.

Shopping And Entertainment

The exquisite city of Kolkata is jutted with numerous fascinating shopping avenues. A shopaholics dream comes true, Kolkata offers a shopping spree that feels more like a treasure hunt with meandering alleys, large glistening malls and numerous street vendors all decked with the choicest of items. The capital of West Bengal, pristine city of Kolkata is situated on the banks of the azure River Hooghly.

Bankura Horses : A pair of Bankura Horses is certainly worth buying whenever you are in Kolkata. This traditional art form finds its roots in Bankura District of West Bengal and is a wonderful specimen of Bengal craftsmanship. The pottery is made out of terracotta.

Masks : Kolkata displays the finest of art of West Bengal. And striking masks are one such art of the region. Paper Mache masks depict mythological creatures, right from deities to demons. They are made from paper dipped in clay and pasted over a clay model.

Brass & Bell Metal works : Another must acquire souvenir, when in Kolkata, is its brass and bell metal work pieces. This is a traditional handicraft of the region of West Bengal handed down from one generation to another. One can find utensils of everyday use as well as once used in prayer ceremonies, displaying this art.

Kalighat Pats : These are a type of ethnic paintings, drawn on paper by artists called patuas, who are settled near the well known Kali Temple at Kalighat, in Kolkata Maidan Market: As the name suggests, this huge market is placed on the Bentinck Street. Here, one can get all kinds of sports equipment, imaginable, in the City of Joy. The market is open throughout the week and one can get numerous kinds of bats as well as balls, along with a good variety of nets and goals. Sports specific shoes and attires can also be found here.

Money - The currency of India is Indian Rupees (INR). The currency exchange departments are present in almost every Indian city. You can also exchange your currency in 5 star and 4 star hotels, no other currency is valid except for Indian currency (INR).

Best time to visit : Between October to March is the best time to visit Kolkata.

Drugs - Heavy penalties including imprisonment for possession of narcotic drugs.

**Smoking **- Smoking is banned in public places.

Festivals in Kolkata : Kolkata festivals are celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm. Below is the list of important festivals celebrated in Kolkata, Shantiniketan.

  • Rathayatra : Kolkata Rath Yatra festival is the first festivity of the Monsoon season and usually falls in late June or early July. Rathyatra festival of Kolkata, India is dedicated to Jagannath, an avatar of Vishnu.

  • Laxmi Puja : Lakshmi puja festival falls in the month of October, about 5 days after Mahadashami.

  • Durga Puja : Puja of Ma Durga is a major festival of Bengalis, for which they keep waiting the whole year It is celebrated to worship mother Durga, the Goddess of power. It is celebrated between September – October.

  • Kali Puja : Kali Puja is performed in the honor of Kali, the Goddess of destruction. It is celebrated between October to November.

Poush Mela : The fair is held at Santiniketan from 7th-9th Poush (December 22/23-25). Tribal sports, folk songs and dances including songs by bauls, the itinerant singers, are a part of the fair and festivities. Some sort of "bhanga mela" or broken fair, with some shops, continue till the end of December.

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