As soon as you arrive in Kolkata, taxi drivers are likely to assume that you’ll be heading for Sudder Street, near New Market, where you’ll find a heady mix of travellers, businessmen and Bangladeshis in transit. As the main travellers’ hub in Kolkata and close to all amenities, the area is a sociable place to stay with numerous small to mid-sized hotels, most in the budget or mid-range brackets; the latter tend to be overpriced and poor value for money, and if you’re after a modicum of luxury, you may have to look further afield. If you’re booked on a night flight, you may consider the retiring rooms at the airport. Similarly, the Yatri Niwas at Howrah’s South Station is convenient for late arrivals and there are great foodhalls at both the main and the South Station.

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