Kolkata Profile
Kolkata is the capital city of West Bengal state in India. The city which is the cultural capital of whole India and the commercial capital of Eastern India. The city was earlier known as Calcutta, being pronounced since the British rule and has changed to Kolkata officially in 2001, has derived the name from Kalikata, which is a village name in the area before the British arrival, means the land of Goddess “Kali”.

Kolkata is the second largest city of India. It is a cosmopolitan city where people, technology and ideas have blended together with the socio-political culture to give the city a new shape. The city is full of historical monuments and palaces and is therefore also called the “The City of Palaces”. Its glorious history dates back to 1690 when it was selected by the British for their trade settlements. The site was carefully chosen by the British as it was protected by the Hooghly River on the west, a creek on the north, and by salt lakes about two and a half miles to the east.

The British defeated Siraj-ud-daullah (Nawab of Bengal) on the battle field of Plassey and Calcutta became the capital of British India till 1911. Thereafter, the city continued to play a major role in the political affairs of India. Till 1947, the city was a venue for major political programmes and an important plain for social reformation. The former was meant to remove British troops from the Indian soil while the later was to create social consciousness among the people.

Kolkata provides enormous opportunities in economy, industry, education, culture, tourism and many more aspects that other cities may not.
How to get there

The national air carrier Indian Airlines connects Kolkata with Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Patna, Ahmedabad, Port Blair, Ranchi, Lucknow, Varanasi, Gorakhpur, Visakhapatnam, Bhubaneswar, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Nagpur, Silchar, Imphal, Guwahati, Agartala, Bagdogra, Lilabari, Jorhat, Dibrugarh, Shillong, Jamshedpur, Aizawl and Rourkela. All domestic private airlines connect Kolkata to various parts of the country.

International carriers connect Kolkata with Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, London, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Dubai, New York, Osaka, Moscow, Kathmandu and Dhaka. Places not connected by direct flights to Kolkata can be easily accessed from Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad by flights not exceeding two hours.

The summer season lasts from mid-March to the end of June, with average maximum and minimum temperatures of 36º C and 25º C. The monsoon season, following the hot summer, continues until the end of September, with an average rainfall of about 26 inches. The winter season extends from late November to mid-February. The coldest month is January, when both the mean maximum temperature and the mean minimum temperature are at their lowest--21º C and 7º C, respectively.

Time Difference

The standard time for India is calculated from Allahabad and is common to all cities in the country. Indian Standard Time (IST) is 5 hours and 30 minutes ahead of London, 4 hours and 30 minutes ahead of Paris, about 10 hours and 30 minutes ahead New York, 3 hours and 30 minutes behind Tokyo and 4 hours and 30 minutes behind Sydney.

Languages Spoken
Bengali is the local language of the people of Kolkata. English, Hindi are most commonly spoken. In hotels and restaurants the staff speak English while the tourist guides are also well versed with the language. Indians being friendly can always help tourists who may not understand any other language than English.
Electric supply

The electricity supply in India is 220 Volts and 50 Hz. Appliances requiring 110 Volts would need a voltage adapter.

Currency/Foreign Exchange
The currency of India is Rupees. ATM machines are located near to the hotel for cash withdrawals with Visa or Master card. The hotel also offers foreign currency exchange. Major Hotels and shops will accept most credit cards. The Indian currency is Rupee (1 USD = 49.0 INR; more recent information can be found at

Smoking is banned in public places, public transport and government offices, inside cinema halls. In several other places, boards prominently display the ban on smoking. Most hotels and restaurants have separate smoking zones.

Hotel Booking
Hotel Address Single Double
Alipur Guest House(Standard) Raja Santosh Road,
Kolkata, West Bengal 700027
1600+ tax(10.15%) 1800 + tax (10.15%)
Alipur Guest House (Deluxe) Raja Santosh Road,
Kolkata, West Bengal 700027
1800+ tax(10.15%) 1900 + tax(10.15%
Samilton (deluxe) 37, Sarat Bose Road, Near Minto Park 3500 + tax(15.15% 3800 + tax(15.15%
The Park Hotels 17 Park Street, Kolkata 700 016 India 11500 + tax (15.15%)
Roland Hotel (standard) 28A, Rowland Road
Kolkata 700-020
3800 + tax(15.15%)
Hotel Hindustan Internatinal (STANDARD) 235/1 A J C Bose Road, Kolkata - 700 020
West Bengal, India.
8500 + tax(15.15%) 9500 + tax(15.15%)
In case there is change in govt. taxes the same shall be applicable.
Hotel Booking Process Terms and Conditions
Allotment will be based on the availability and will be prioritized in order of receipt of application along with payment.
A confirmation shall be communicated to the delegate by e-mail.
Cancellation & Refund Policy will be applicable in case a confirmed accommodation is cancelled after receiving the confirmation.
Any changes after confirmation of the hotel booking will be subject to availability of rooms at the hotel.
The above rates are inclusive of bed, breakfast and applicable taxes.
All changes or cancellations must be made in writing & will be subject to conditions mentioned below.
The number of nights booked will be based on the details provided by the delegates and there travel plans.
Additional services i.e. laundry, meals, Telephone calls, etc. should be settled directly with the hotel at the time of check out.
Should the desired hotel no longer be available, similar / alternate accommodation will be offered.

Please note that the deadline for hotel booking is 20th October 2011. After this deadline, reservation will still be handled by Conference Manager however, cannot guarantee current rates published above.

For cancellations received after 20th October 2011, a cancellation charge amounting to 100% of total invoice amount will be charged. Any cancellation prior to that will be charged with a cancellation charge of 25%.

Only written communication, either by fax or email regarding cancellation will be accepted

The date of receiving the communication shall be treated as the date for calculation of refund.

All refunds will be made after the Conference.

You can also book your accommodation through the online accommodation booking facility available in the conference website.


Hotel Accommodation can be booked through online. For all offline payments Demand Draft / At PAR cheques should be sent to the official conference and Travel Manager at the address mentioned below along with enclosed booking form:

To send Bank Draft or Wire Transfer please note details below

Name of Account : Pvt. Ltd
Bank Name: ICICI Bank Limited
Account Number: 623505382803 (Current Account)
Bank Address: Navsari Building, D. N. Road, Fort, Mumbai - 400 001, India

Please do contact the Travel Manager for individual or group reservations.

Conference Travel Manager :

Botawala Chambers, Sir P. M. Road, Fort, Mumbai - 400 001.
Tel. : 91 22 4002 5081 Fax : 91 22 2261 5518

Kolkata : 91 33 6548 3680

Travel Coordinator : Ms. Shikha Kedia : +91 9883090252

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