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Your first impression of the city might be influenced by its sheer size, but Kolkata is by no means cold or impersonal. The city virtually opens its heart to visitors on Kolkata travel packages. And because Kolkata and its people are so friendly, you'll soon realize that your holiday in Kolkata will be one of the richest experiences you'll ever have.

Kolkata (Calcutta)

     

Located in the Ganges River Delta, Kolkata is India's second largest city, second only to Mumbai (Bombay). A multicultural, cosmopolitan urban centre, Kolkata features everything holiday travellers could want, from centuries-old native culture to high-voltage, ultra-modern nightclubs.
       
It's a compelling city, a city of vivid contrasts. Past and present are woven into a rich tapestry of life that's quite captivating. Your first impression of the city might be influenced by its sheer size, but Kolkata is by no means cold or impersonal. The city virtually opens its heart to visitors on Kolkata travel packages. And because Kolkata and its people are so friendly, you'll soon realize that your holiday in Kolkata will be one of the richest experiences you'll ever have. Take advantage of Direct Flights's discount flights from Australia to Kolkata and book a cheap Indian holiday today.
       
Though today it's capital of the Indian state of West Bengal, while under British dominion, Kolkata was the headquarters of the Bengal Presidency and the capital of British India. Even now, the old colonial district         (called the Esplanade) is still Kolkata's central business district and is considered its heart and soul. Yet Kolkata had a highly civilized society for centuries before the British arrived, and the variety of Bengali cultural events that can be seen and experienced by travellers on Kolkata travel packages reflects that proud tradition. In fact, Kolkata is now regarded as the cultural capital of India, outshining Mumbai, Chennai, Agra, Delhi and other Indian cities. Discount travel to Kolkata, easily arranged online by Discount Flights International, can put all that Kolkata has to offer within reach.
       
Dozens of Kolkata venues showcase Bengali dance, poetry, art, music, film and theatre.  Cultural festivals light up the city throughout the year.  Kolkata markets, including those at the famous New Market area, feature local handicrafts, saris and leather goods for bargain hunters.  And Kolkata is home to some of India's most entrancing museums, such as the Marble Palace and the Indian Museum.  But although it's steeped in native culture, Kolkata also retains the aura of its colonial past.   Dramatic colonial architecture provides photographic opportunities that cannot be seen anywhere else.  Cricket, football and hockey, all of which originated in the Western world, are extremely popular in Kolkata:  Eden Gardens is only of only two 100,000 seat cricket stadiums in the world, and the Calcutta Cricket and Football Club is the second-oldest cricket club in existence.  Make sure to add a city tour to your discount Kolkata holiday package, by searching through the destination activities section of the Direct Flights website. Simply select your favourite destination activity and book online at the same time that you are booking discount flights, car hire and hotel accommodation in Kolkata.
       
In short, Kolkata celebrates life daily in its own unique hybrid of old and new, east and west.  And it's all there for travellers on cheap holidays to Kolkata to enjoy.  Kolkata is one of the few places in the world where you can still ride in a hand-pulled rickshaw.  Stroll in the Maidan, a lush green meadow and open parkland within the city that houses Victoria Memorial, Eden Gardens, and several sporting clubs.  Or take a boat trip to the Sunderbans Wildlife Reserve, where you might see a Royal Bengal Tiger.  Visit a street market, full of local colour and panache.  And by all means, while you're in Kolkata, sample the feasts at the restaurants that specialise in local fish and rice dishes.
       
It's easy to arrange accommodation in Kolkata - Direct Flightscan book you into a number of different hotels, ranging from budget hotelsin Kolkata to luxurious resorts. Travel to other destinations is alsoeasy since Kolkata has an international airport that operates both domestic and international flights. From Kolkata it's just as easy to get to London, Los Angles, Paris, New York, Hong Kong, Singapore, Sydney and Auckland, as it is to get to Delhi, Bangalore, Pune and Goa.
       
If your trip only allows for a visit of one or two of India's large cities, consider including Kolkata on your itinerary.  You could have the experience of a lifetime, and you definitely won't forget your visit.  Enjoy all the contrasts that are Kolkata:  visit the Direct Flights web site to book one of the available cheap flights to Kolkata or discount Kolkata travel packages.  Direct Flights, based in Australia, but working to take you around the world.
       
       
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