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 pace of 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 op, indeed!
We’ll proceed from here to Lal Dighi (meaning “red water” in Bengali), famously 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 colour 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 (but with an Indian touch, of course), 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, coloured 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.
Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, transportation, entrance fees, bottle of water
Exclusions: Additional items of a personal nature, tips and gratuities for your guide
Dress standard: Please dress conservatively for visiting religious and historical sites.
Your Trip: For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at your hotel for pick up. Please check your hotel details are correct on the voucher. If your details are not correct, it is very important to please email us to confirm your correct pick up hotel using the contact details on the voucher. If you prefer you may also phone the change through to us during business hours.
Child Policy: Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children below the age of 6 are not permitted on this tour.