Travel & Visa

Visa

All foreign citizens would require a valid visa to enter India. In order to facilitate the issuing of your visa, we are required to submit a list of overseas participants along with their passport details, to the Government of India. So please do fill in the required details in your registration forms.

To obtain your visa, please contact the Indian Embassy/Consulate nearest you. To check whether the nearest Indian Embassy or Consulate has a website, you can consult following web pages:

Some Indian Embassies/Consulates grant Conference Visa on production of invitation letters to the conference. We will be mailing out letters of invitation to international participants on their request. In case of any difficulty, please feel free to email us and we will try our best to help you.

Air Travel

International participants: Please make sure you have a confirmed round-trip travel booking to Kolkata.

Weather

The weather in Kolkata during the conference will be pleasant with highs around 25 degrees C and lows around 14 degrees C. However, in the interiors and the northern parts of India, the weather at this time is generally much cooler. So do come prepared depending on where else you will be travelling.


Nearby Destination
Howrah Bridge

This majestic bridge is undoubtedly one of the most attractive tourist destinations in Kolkata, standing tall over the Hooghly River at a length of 450 meter without any pylons. Standing tall over the Hooghly River at a length of 450 meter without any pylons. It is also called Rabindra Setu. It is one of the busiest bridges in the world, catering to thousands of vehicles and innumerable pedestrians daily.

Dakshineshwar Kali Temple

This temple is a typical example of “Ath Chala” Bengal architecture, situated on the eastern banks of the Hooghly River. The presiding deity being Bhavatarini, an incarnation Goddess Kali. This temple was commissioned by Rani Rashmoni, a philanthropist and devotee in the year 1855.

South Park Street Cemetery

The South Park Street Cemetery was one of the earliest non-church cemeteries in the world. It was opened in 1767 to facilitate the burial of British soldiers. The tombs are an admixture of the Gothic with a rich flavor of the Indo-Saracenic style. It houses tombs dating back to early 18th century and of eminent personalities like Sir William Jones, Henry Louis Vivian Derozio and others.

Victoria Memorial

The Victoria Memorial was built in the memory of Queen Victoria after her death in 1902. It was opened to general public in the year 1921. The magnificent building was designed by William Emerson, a famous architect of that era in Indo-Saracenic revivalist style. The cost of construction at that time amounted to 10.5 million rupees which was voluntarily donated by British and Indian people.

Birla Mandir

Birla Mandirs across the world are known for their fabulous architecture and clean surroundings. The Birla Mandir of Kolkata stands at an elevation 160 ft above the ground. The construction started in 1970 and it took 26 long years to complete. The gates were opened for general public after the completion of the temple in the year 1996. The estimated total cost of construction is Rs.180 Million. The whole temple is built with white Marble and is spread over 0.7 acres of area. The Birla Temple is popularly known as Lakshmi Narayan Mandir.

Marble Palace

Earlier the palace was known as the “Palace of Art”. The Palace was built in 1835 and was a private possession of Zamindar (Land Owner) Raja Rajendro Mullick. The palace is situated in the older part of the city. The palace showcases art forms from Italy, Netherlands, England and other European Nations. The Palace is now known as Marble Palace because the interiors are made from marble. The palace houses idols of Buddha, Christ, Christopher Columbus, Virgin Mary and various Hindu Gods.

Indian Museum

The Indian Museum in Kolkata is the oldest museum in India built in 1814 by Dr. Nathaniel Wallich, a botanist from Denmark. This is the largest museum of the country and ninth oldest regular museum of the world. The museum exhibits collection of antiques, mummies, Mughal paintings, fossils, ornaments and armor. It was shifted to the new building in 1875. The building was designed in Italian style architecture by Walter B Grawille. The museum was open to general public in the year 1878.

Writers Building

During the British Rule, this used to be the junior servant’s (clerical and administrative staff) building. The junior servants were then called writers and hence the name “Writers Building” came into existence. Today the Building is house to the Secretariat of West Bengal Government. It is a massive red color building situated at BBD square, which is in the heart of the city.

St. Paul’s Cathedral

The St. Paul’s Cathedral was designed by Major William Nairn Forbes in the style of Indo-Gothic architecture. It is the largest Cathedral in Kolkata and the first Episcopal Church in Asia which houses stained glass windows and frescos in the Florentine Renaissance style. The foundation of the building was laid in 1839 and it took eight years to complete. The main building was destroyed twice because of the massive earthquakes and was refurbished. The last time it was destroyed in 1934 and was re-built on the lines of the Bell Harry Tower of Canterbury Cathedral.

Jorasako Thakurbari

The house of the Thakurs in Jorasanko, north of Kolkata, is the ancestral home of the Tagore family. It is currently located on the Rabindra Bharati University campus. It is the house in which the poet and first non-European Nobel laureate, Rabindranath Tagore was born. It is also the place where he spent most of his childhood and died on 7 August 1941.The house has now been converted into a Museum which offers details about the history of the Tagore family including its involvement with the Bengal Renaissance and the Brahmo Samaj.

College Street

The College Street is most famous for its small and big bookstores, which gives it the nickname Boi Para (Colony of Books). Its name is derived from the presence of many educational institutes like Presidency University, University of Calcutta, Calcutta Medical College, Sanskrit College and many more. It also houses centres of intellectual activity especially the Indian Coffee House, a café that has attracted the city's intelligentsia for decades. In 2007, College Street featured among the famous landmarks of India which have made it to Time Magazine’s “Best of Asia” list.

Prinsep Ghat

Situated on the Eastern banks of the Hooghly River, the ghat was built in 1841 during the British Rule. The Palladian porch built in the memory of the eminent Anglo-Indian scholar and antiquary James Prinsep was designed by W. Fitzgerald and constructed in 1843. Prinsep Ghat is one of the oldest recreational spots of Kolkata People visit it in the evenings on weekends to go boating on the river, stroll along the bank.