Writers Building

The present Secretarial building from where the Chief Minister of West Bengal carries out the task of the state is called as Writer’s or Writer’s building. The building is located on the western side of the Lal Dighi. The place is reflecting the Victorian, Gregorian and Gothic era on its architecture. This place was the writer’s or junior civil servant’s office during the era of the British East India Company. This iconic building has gone through several renovations and extensions over the years. The building has 32 feet height columns attached the verandah. The statue of Minerva is crowned in the middle point of the building. The terrace is the iconic place where several cluster of statues are attracting the eyes of the visitors. Four of them christened as Commerce, Justice, Agricultural, Science along with the Greek Gods and Goddesses are adoring the pride of Kolkata. The portico above the central entrance point is supported by a row of Corinthian pillars conquered by the National Court of Arms and the statue of Britannica.

Most spoken language is Bengali.


Travel Tips

Kolkata has several options in terms of transportation. AC and non-AC Buses, taxis, autos, trams, metros, private cars are available as per the requirement of the tourists.

Winter season is the comfortable time to visit in Kolkata. The summers are humid and hot. So if possible avoid the month of April to July.

Keep all your valuables at a safe place or avoid travelling with valuable items in the road. You may experience pick-pocketing in the crowded area.

Try and avoid touts and frauds who may dupe money or charge high price.

Do not forget to try fish and sweets. These are the two items famous in the city.

When to visit

  • Jan
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  • July
  • Aug
  • Sept
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec
sprinkles Pleasant
  • 32° Max
  • 26° Min
  • 19.200 mm
  • Light clothes
Things to do

There are plethora of options present in the attraction list. Kolkata has many popular hotspots to keep busy all the guests and its residents all the time. There are discos and lounges scattered around the city’s north and south fraction which are offering a high voltage experience to the revellers. All the cuisines of the world are available at the restaurants of the city. Starting from Mexican to Japanese, you name one and the platter is ready. Try the sweets from the renowned sweet shops available at all the corners of the city.

Currently, the government has inaugurated a helicopter service which will take the travellers for a ride to show the city in bird’s eye view. Digha, Sankarpur, Mandarmoni, Santiniketan, Darjeeling are well-connected with the city. So one can easily go to those famous places of West Bengal also.

Getting Around

Kolkata has most number of transportation options available for the tourist in India. Public buses, public AC buses, AC- and non-AC taxis, autos, trams, AC and non-AC metro trains, local trains are available to complete the demand of all type of travellers. Rickshaws and hand-pulled rickshaws are available at some of the regions in Kolkat. Horse-pulled carriages are available in front of Victoria Memorial and besides the bank of river Hoogly.

Places to Stay

Many luxurious hotels are there in the city that one an avail. The cheaper hotels are also available in this area.

How to Reach

  • NetajiSubhash Chandra International Airport is present in Kolkata. International flights are available here. Domestic carriers are connecting the city with the other metros of India.
  • Kolkata has three major railheads connecting the city with all over India. Trains are available from Howrah, Sealdah and Kolkata railway station.
  • Kolkata is criss-crossed by several National Highways which is connecting directly with the northern and southern cities of India. Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai and all other metro cities are well connected via road.

Surrounding Attractions

Kolkata, the city of joy is treating all the wishes of the travellers by offering several tourist and entertainment spots. The city is known for the Victoria Memorial which was built in the honour of Queen Victoria during the British era. Kolkata was the capital of British India for a long time. So the colonial charm is present in the air of the city even now. Religious places like Kalighat temple, Dakshineshwar Temple, Nakhoda Mosque, Jain temple are the most popular attractions for the religious loving travellers. Howrah Bridge is one of the important structure synonymous with Kolkata and its existence from the starting point of journey. Birla planetarium is providing a glimpse and information about the sky over our head. Science city, Birla industrial and technological museum and National museum are two of the favoured choice because of the heavy amount of collection present in the place. National museum is the oldest museum of our nation which has attractions like the skeleton of dinosaur, preserved mummy and etc. it will be a crime to forget visiting the birth place of Rabindranath Tagore. His ancestral home is present in the central point of Kolkata even this 21st century also.

Shopaholics can spend their bucks in the shops scattered around the Esplanade and Burrabazar area which is known as the shopper’s paradise. If someone desires to try the food then they must make a visit at the restaurants of Park Street where one can find the charm of old Kolkata as well as new Kolkata. There are theme parks in Kolkata for the amusement of the visitors. Nicco Park, Aquatica, Nalban boating complex, Eco Park are the popular zones for amusement lovers. The sides of the river Hooghly is refurbished to make it attractive to the tourists also.

Kumartuli, Botanical Garden, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Nandan complex are some of the other attractions of Kolkata.

Emergency No.

Police: 100

Fire: 101

Ambulance: 102, 1093 (Apollo hospital)

Airport: 140 or 141

Howrah railway terminal: 26602581,26603542

Sealdah railway terminal: 23503535,23503536,23503537,23506825

Women helpline number: 1091