8 days in Kolkata (Calcutta) & Varanasi Itinerary

8 days in Kolkata (Calcutta) & Varanasi Itinerary

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Start: Kolkata (Calcutta)
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Kolkata (Calcutta)
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
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Varanasi
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
End: Kolkata (Calcutta)

4
nights
Kolkata (Calcutta)

Kolkata (Calcutta) ©
Nestled on the banks of the Hooghly River, Kolkata is a booming metropolis, India's second largest city, and the country's cultural hub, known for being the birthplace of major artistic and literary movements.
Step out of Kolkata (Calcutta) with an excursion to Belur Math in Belur--about 44 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Victoria Memorial Hall, don't miss a visit to Dakshineswar Kali Temple, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, and wander the streets of Park Street.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Kolkata (Calcutta) online sightseeing planner.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Kolkata (Calcutta). In December, daily temperatures in Kolkata (Calcutta) can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to Varanasi.

Things to do in Kolkata (Calcutta)

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trip

Belur Math
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Dakshineswar Kali Temple ©
Dakshineswar Kali Temple
Victoria Memorial Hall ©
Victoria Memorial Hall
Belur Math ©
Belur Math

3
nights
Varanasi

A sacred city for Hindus and thought by many to be the place where Buddhism formed as a religion, Varanasi leaves an imprint on the hearts and minds of visitors regardless of their creed, race, or religion.
Varanasi is known for historic sites, nature, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, don't miss a visit to Dasaswamedh Ghat, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sarnath.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Varanasi online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Kolkata (Calcutta) to Varanasi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in December, with highs in Varanasi at 26°C and lows at 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Varanasi

Historic Sites Spas Nature
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
Ganges River
Ganges River
Sarnath ©
Sarnath

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