Explore India: Kolkata

where to stay:

The Oberoi Grand:  For those who are looking for a bit of luxury and pampering during their stay in Kolkata, look no where else but the Oberoi Grand.  With an outdoor pool, full service spa, and fitness facilities- the Oberoi Grand is an oasis for busy travelers to retreat to at the end of a long day.  Worth the extra buck for those who can afford it, the Oberoi staff is sure to impress with their attentive service.  Rooms start at approx $150/night.  http://www.oberoihotels.com/hotels-in-kolkata/index.aspx

Mrs Gupta’s B & B: Located in the prestigious Ballygunge neighborhood of Kolkatta, this flawless bed and breakfast feel just like home with warm hosts: Mrs. Gupta, Bishwanath, and Benoy.  This three bedroom retreat is a quiet and friendly place that offers a communal kitchen, private bathrooms, air conditioning, and WiFi.  Prices begin at $30 USD/night, book through Airbnb at https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/3010806?s=WrFZ

where to eat:

Botmi’s: Local art dealer and socialite, Surajit “Botmi” Iyengar offers authentic Bengali meals, as well as tours, in his impeccably decorated, elegant home that is well known in and around Kolkata. Not only is the breakfast a treat, but the history behind the space is as well.  http://www.afar.com/places/breakfast-at-bomtis-kolkata

Kewpie’s Kitchen: From the earthenware dishes to the food itself, Kewpie’s is the essence of authentic Bengali food.  Set in a historic home, the ambience is always lovely and unique.  We recommend trying the Mithu’s Maacher Thala.  http://www.kewpieskitchen.com/home.html

who to tour with:

Ibex Expeditions:   Started in the year 1979 by Mandip and Anita Singh Soin, Ibex Expeditions has been offering customized, luxury tours throughout India for decades.  Ibex offers every adventure sport under the sun from trekking to rafting to jeep safaris, as well as offering eco tours through national parks in India.  Virtually any wild dream you can conjure up in your mind, Ibex can make it happen for you.  Not only are tours with Ibex a unique and one of a kind adventure, but also offers intimate, cultural experiences for the worldly traveler. Their pledge to responsible travel and environmental consciousness make them unlike any other tour agency you'll ever encounter.  Recipient of National Geographic's Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth in 2009.  Check them out at  http://www.ibexexpeditions.com/ to plan your next incredible adventure.

Posted on March 6, 2015 .