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Pass By: Calcutta Capsule, Raja Dinendra Street, Kolkata (Calcutta) 700004 India

Every morning, before the sun is up; the light sensitive Neon street lamps of Calcutta go off just when there is enough light. We call this time the Magic hour, and what better way than to see a city than when it's waking up. We hop on to the first tram of the day as the city enters the enchanting Magic Hour. The trams, which used to be the king of the roads, still rule the streets during the magic hour. Trudging through the sleepy 300 year locality of Calcutta in full throttle (Tram/Bong Speed), the next few hours are spent visiting some local hidden spots around the oldest part of the city. 

. A quick survey of Calcutta's colonial past ,we bask in 200 year old colonial architecture and the back stories of some of the office buildings as we drive through Dalhousie and reach India's Largest flower Market to understand what "Order in chaos" means.

We also start identifying odd jobs performed by the people of the city which we ignore in plain sight but without which the city would loose its charm. The waterman, mobile Preist and Flowerman to name a few.

Eating at an eatery literally under the bridge and taking the river ferry to find yourself in the artists village of Kumartuli and stumbling upon 250 year old hidden temples in the middle of the city is what follows. 

Before the bustling giant city wakes up, we’d have used all the iconic transport modes of Calcutta, enjoyed sights that are just ignored in plain sight, had breakfast by a hidden hole in the wall with an extraordinary view, gossiped about Bengalis and Calcutta in general, learnt the meaning to “Adda” and lot more about being Bong(Bengali).

The “unguided tour” as we call it is wrapped up savoring Chai (tea) in a bhaad (earthen cups), the best sweets of Calcutta and finding our way through the winding streets to the place where we began (the tour we mean).
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Calcutta Capsule:Walking tours of Kolkata/walks of kolkata & Food Walks, 185/B, Raja Dinendra St, Fariapukur, Shyam Bazar, Kolkata, West Bengal 700004, India
Departure Time
5:00 AM
Duration
4h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • TripAdvisor Experiences brokerage fee
  • Bottled water
  • Breakfast
  • Food tasting
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Local guide
  • photography (soft copies provided after the tour)
  • Snacks
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Dress code is smart casual
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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All reviews chai howrah bridge flower market great guide his knowledge first class his passion public transport incredible tour an unforgettable experience early morning would highly recommend this tour street lights by foot walking around early start amazing morning
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Soham took us for the Magic Hour walk which starts at 5 am. He is affable, knowledgeable and thinks on his feet. The tour is well planned and will take you through some must dos in Calcutta, all the logistics are deftly handled and all...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Alindchopra
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

With his pleasant Bengali demeanor, Soham shares interesting tid-bits about his city- Kolkata and takes you through a series of mini-experiences that finally converge into an unforgettable experience. Through his well-designed 4-5 hours early morning magic tour, one travels in a tram, bus, cab, ferry...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank harshadrv
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

You will do no better than go with soham to understand the seamy underbelly of fascinating Kolkata. I highly recommend that you take this magic mystery tour.

Thank alwazir
Reviewed 14 August 2019

This tour could show me the real and best face of Kolkata, and the guide was very attentive and careful and demonstrated a lot of knowledge about the history and Indian culture. I strongly recommend this tour.

Date of experience: August 2019
1  Thank ValquiriaMar
Reviewed 10 August 2019 via mobile

Although I'm a Bengali myself, Soham showed me a side of Kolkata that I have never seen. From the beautiful flower market, to the history of Maidan (a lush Green Field) and the amazing street tea,the list continues but I wouldn't want to continue to...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank dsampriti
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manishjak
28 August 2019|
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Response from samarpitab2019 | Reviewed this property |
Hi Manish, please get in touch with Soham who will be able to help you out. His number is 07406220072.
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gracevincent2
22 April 2019|
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Response from Soham_CC | Property representative |
Hi the Magic Hour Tour usually finishes by 9:30 am
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  • Duration: 4h
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  • Languages Offered: English
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