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Travel Information

The Oberoi Grand is located in Kolkata, in the State of West Bengal, in northern India. Fondly known as the Grand Dame of Kolkata, The Oberoi Grand is situated in a prime location, near the central business district, bustling markets and cultural landmarks.

Location & Access

Flying to Kolkata

Kolkata's international airport is 22 kilometres, approximately 45 minutes' drive, from The Oberoi Grand. It has regular daily connections to Delhi and Mumbai, and is also well connected with countries in Middle East and South East Asia.

Some approximate domestic flight times are as follows:

  • Delhi to Kolkata flights: 2 hours
  • Bengaluru to Kolkata flights: 2.5 hours
  • Mumbai to Kolkata flights: 2 hours 45 minutes

We would be happy to arrange a chauffeur driven car to meet your plane.

Please contact us for assistance or further information.

Trains to Kolkata

Kolkata railway station is well connected to all the major cities in India. Please be advised that trains can be fully booked weeks in advance.

Some approximate train journey times are as follows:

  • Delhi to Kolkata trains: 20 hours
  • Mumbai to Kolkata trains: 30 hours
  • Bengaluru to Kolkata trains: 30 hours

The Oberoi Grand is approximately 7 kilometres from Kolkata railway station. We would be happy to arrange a chauffeur driven car to meet your train.

Please contact us for assistance or further information.

Other Travel Information

Immigration

All international visitors to India (except those with a Nepali or Bhutanese national passport), must have valid passports stamped with current visas. For more information on visa categories and applications, please visit the Government of India online portal for visa applications here .

It is mandatory for all international visitors to India to register with the Foreigners' Regional Registration Office within 24 hours of arrival. The hotel will scan your passport photograph page when you check in and take care of this service for you.

Visa on Arrival

The Visa on Arrival (enabled by Electronic Travel Authorisation) facility is available for travellers visiting India from 43 countries. For more information on the Visa on Arrival facility, please click here to visit the website of the Government of India.

Currency

The unit of Indian currency is the Rupee. For up to date information on exchange rates, please click here.

We would be happy to help with foreign currency exchange in India. Please ask the concierge upon arrival.

There are plenty of international ATMs in all major cities in India. International credit cards are also widely accepted.

Please note: It is prohibited to take Indian currency out of India.

CUSTOMS ALLOWANCES

Currency

Visitors of Indian origin and foreigners aged above 10 years who reside in India can carry INR 45,000 (when the country of origin is Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar or China, the currency allowance is INR 6,000)

International visitors (over 18 years) from every other country can carry USD 10,000 or the value of USD 5,000 in other currencies, per person into India.

Duty Free Goods

Duty free allowances per person (over the age of 18) are as follows:

  • Alcohol: 2 litres
  • Cigarettes: 100 pieces
  • Cigars: 25 pieces
  • Tobacco: 125g

Passengers aged over 18 can also carry one laptop computer.

Customs duty is leviable at 36.05% on the valuable of dutiable goods in excess of the allowance.

Restricted Items

The following items are prohibited in India:

  • Maps and literature where India's external boundaries have been incorrectly drawn;
  • Narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances;
  • Goods violating any of the legally enforceable intellectual property rights;
  • Wildlife products;
  • Counterfeit currency;
  • Specified live birds and animals.

WEATHER IN KOLKATA

Kolkata is known for its tropical, humid summers followed by heavy monsoon rains and short, mild winters.

Winter in Kolkata lasts from December to February, during which time temperatures hover around 70 °F (21 °C) during the daytime, but can drop to 59 °F (15 °C) at night. This is known as the best time to visit the region.

Kolkata's long summer lasts from April to June, at which time temperatures can reach 108 °F (42 °C).

The monsoon rains last from mid-June until the end of August, with the highest average rainfall of 411 millimetres falling in July.

RECOMMENDED CLOTHING

If you are travelling to Kolkata during the summer months, we recommend you wear loose clothing made from natural fabrics. During the winter months, you may wish to carry a sweater or shawl for the evenings.

LANGUAGE

English is widely spoken in India. Staff at the airport, hotels, restaurants and shops will most often be fluent in English.

Hindi is the official and most widely spoken native language in India. It is most concentrated in the northern states. Telugu, Malayalam, Tamil and Kannada prevail in the south.