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What are nightlife and clubbing like in Kolkata, West Bengal?

three local experts

Are there clubs? Are they any good? When do they close? Here's what three local experts had to say about nightlife in Kolkata, West Bengal.

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Kolkata has a lot of history attached to it. It also has a lot to offer in terms of cuisine, ambience and nightlife. The people here are very friendly but also politically opinionated which makes up for some interesting conversations every time you step out of your hotels. Heat and humidity are two big issues which you would have to contend with though.

– Anyone moving to Kolkata must have working knowledge of either Bengali or Hindi, especially if they are to rely on public transport. Even otherwise, knowing either of these two languages is important to make it work here.
– Traffic in Kolkata may not be as bad as other metropolitans but traffic directions change at certain times of the day. For example, certain roads have only one-way traffic at certain times. Using online maps is particularly helpful for the newcomer.
– Sharing a cab with a bunch of strangers is not advisable. People have been mugged in the process.
– If someone is relocating from a different city, street food probably won’t pose a problem. But foreigners are warned to stay away from it. Not only can it be particularly tough on the digestive system, as many of my acquaintances have found out the hard way, hawkers have also been known to dupe customers who aren’t familiar with the tricks of their trade. Speaking of trade, anyone visiting New Market must be well-versed in the art of haggling. Prices can come down to as much as one-fourth, if negotiated the right way.
– Late night wandering in the city is not particularly safe. It is advisable to reach one’s destination by 10pm.

Srimathi, says: 2020

Kolkata (previously known as Calcutta) is a city of commerce, transport, and manufacture, It is the dominant urban centre of eastern India. This large and vibrant Indian city thrives amid seemingly insurmountable economic, social, and political problems. Crowds horde to Kolkata’s book fairs, art exhibitions, and concerts, and there is a lively trading of polemics on walls, which has led to Kolkata being dubbed the “city of posters.” Kolkata remains a quandary to many Indians and to foreigners. It continues to puzzle newcomers and to arouse an abiding nostalgia in the minds of those who have lived there.

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