When you find yourself amidst the beauty and culture of this massive city in eastern India, be assured that a Calcutta cheap hotel is close by. Begin by looking for a hotel close to the city center, as nearly every attraction you'll want to see and visit—from ancient temples to soaring modern buildings that serve the burgeoning business interests of India—is within walking distance or via a short tram ride. For more luxurious and a quiet settings that leave some of the constant bustle of the metropolitan city behind, look for hotels near the Hooghly River.
Calcutta has a long literary and artistic heritage, earning it the moniker of the Cultural Capital of India. Museums and art galleries abound, as do centers of higher learning and libraries. Throughout downtown and into the immediate suburbs the symbols of the former British Raj are everywhere, from the Victoria Memorial which documents the city's history to Gothic-, Baroque-, and Roman-style structures housing government offices and art galleries. Cheap Calcutta hotels are scattered throughout the city, especially in the neighborhoods away from the city center. But thanks to the easy and efficient public transportation system, getting around is a snap.
Walking and boat tours are perhaps one of the best ways to get to know this thriving city conveniently from your hotel in Calcutta. Hooghly River ferry tours offer unsurpassed views of the city and the waterfront, and great close-up views of the Howrah and Hooghly bridges, both remnants of Colonial rule. After a day of touring, restaurants serving authentic Indian cuisine amidst open-air markets are everywhere, as are nightclubs showcasing local musicians and traditional dance performances.