Fly To Kolkata, India
The charm of Kolkata has much to do with the blending of the city’s historic past with the present. The city serves as the capital of West Bengal and the cultural capital of India. The immediacy of the Hooghly River and the sea has facilitated Kolkata’s connection to the outside world and, in the past, old trade routes.
The city prides itself on being the main business, commercial and financial hub of eastern India. Being one of the larger cities in India, many Europeans and Asians have adopted the city as their home; adding to the cosmopolitan atmosphere of Kolkata.
Kolkata has long been credited for its contribution to the country’s literary, artistic and scholastic heritage. Many of India’s poets, writers and film directors originate from Kolkata.
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Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African Passport holders travelling to Kolkata do need a Visa for India. Leave plenty of time for Visa processing, and make sure your passport is valid for 6 months after your return date, and that you have 2 blank pages available for entry stamps.
- The South African Embassy in India can be found in Delhi at B -18, Vasant Vihar, Delhi, DL 110057. Phone: +91 11 2614 9411.
See and do
A wonderful eclectic mix of historical, cultural, and spiritual attractions await you in Kolkata.
A one-of-a-kind art gallery, the Marble Palace dating back to 1835 is a hot favourite with tourists. Not only are visitors welcome to view original art pieces by Rembrandt, Reynolds and Van Goyen, it also houses a zoo with a rare collection of birds.
The Victoria Memorial Hall is a glorious commemoration of prominent personalities who contributed to the grandeur of India which is why it is a great must-see attraction.
The Birla planetarium offers a fascinating insight into astronomy. Visitors can attend interesting interactive presentations on astronomy and view the extensive body of fine art and celestial models of world famous astronomers.
Eden Gardens is regarded as one of the city’s major tourist attractions. The cricket stadium is India’s finest cricket playground boasting the crowd capacity of over a 120 000 people.
Saheed Minar monument is a proud display of an eclectic combination of architectural styles: Egyptian, Syrian and Turkish. The top of the minar presents unbeatable panoramic views of the city.
Other landmarks of interest to visitors include: Kali Temple, Belur Math Shrine, the Botanical Gardens and the Indian Museum.
Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport – CCU
Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport is located in Kolkata in West Bengal and is the largest airport in eastern India. It is also a major gateway to Northeast India, Bangladesh and Southeast Asia. The airport serves the Kolkata metropolitan area and is a mere 17km from the city centre. Kolkata Airport is named after Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, an important figure of the Indian independence movement.
Food and beverage: T. R. Stall, Sweets Shop, Coffee Day all provide travellers with food and drink items at Kolkata Airport.
Currency Exchange: Currency exchange services are available and located in the International Terminal.
Lost Luggage: Lost hold luggage should be handled by your individual airline’s help desk. Report items lost or found within the airport terminal to the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport authorities.
Airport Hotels: There is no hotel on site. Hotels in close proximity to the airport include: Swissotel Kolkata, Hotel Rose Valley, MBD Airport Hotel.
Car Hire: Avis and other local car rental companies can be found in the arrivals area of the international terminal.
Airport Hub: Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International (code CCU) is a hub for Air India Regional, Air India, Deccan Aviation, Blue Dart Aviation, IndiGo, DTDS, JetLite, Jet Airways, Northeast Shuttles, Kingfisher Airlines, and SpiceJet.