International travel to Kolkata:

Kolkata, (airport Code: CCU) is well connected to the rest of the world by flights through Dubai, Doha, Bangkok, Singapore and other cities. Thus you can have one-stop international flights to Kolkata from North America, Europe, Australia and the Far East through these cities.

Alternately you can have direct flights to India (Delhi and Mumbai) from some countries and then take a domestic flight to Kolkata (Calcutta). Note that in winter, connections through Delhi is sometimes delayed due to fog and Mumbai is a better choice in this respect especially for morning departures.

The international airlines serving Kolkata are:
Air India (Bangkok, Singapore, Kathmandu, Yangon, Dhaka).
Emirates (Dubai).
Thai Airways (Bangkok).
Singapore Airlines (Singapore).

International Backup list:
Jet Airways, JetLite (Bangkok and Dhaka).
Qatar Airways (Doha).
Hainan Airlines (Shenzhen).
China Eastern Airlines (Kunming).
Air Asia (Kuala Lumpur).

Domestic travel to Kolkata:

Kolkata is well connected to rest of the country by flights, trains and buses. Howrah and Sealdah are two major railway stations in Kolkata. These stations are well connected to all major cities in India.

There are a lot of flights to Kolkata from Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore and Chennai (formerly Madras). But please note the above caveat about fog delays involving Delhi airport in winter.

Kolkata Airport to Raichak

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The Symposium will be held at the Resort "Raichak on Ganges" (also known as Ffort Raichak on google maps). Raichak is around 3-4 hours by car from the Calcutta airport (depending on traffic conditions). The Conference will arrange your transport to the Resort from the Airport on the 6th January, 2013 (preferred for most delegates) and the early morning of 7th January by cars and buses. Transport from Howrah (railway) Station to Raichak will also be arranged on the 6th January. Similarly, we shall provide surface transportation from the Resort to Kolkata Airport and Howrah Station on 11th January, 2013 for all delegates at the same time. Charges for these ground transportation are included in the Registration fees. Please provide us with arrival records to arrange for the airport/rail station pickup (arrival/departure menu button on the website are provided). It is possible to reach Raichak by hiring a cab from the airport or the station independently, but we do not recommend this, and the conference cannot pay for such independently arranged transportation.

Weather in Kolkata and Tourism:

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Temperature during January varies from 9 to 29°C. The temperature is pleasant during the day but evening/night can get colder, so light woolens are recommended. For more information on tourism in Kolkata please visit the official site of the West Bengal tourism. And here is the Tourism website for the whole state of West Bengal.

For stay in Calcutta:

There are several nice hotels in Calcutta e.g. the Grand Hotel, or the Great Eastern Hotel or the Hotel Park (in the Central parts of Calcutta), or the more recent Hotel Taj Bengal (next to the Zoological gardens and India's National Library). Calcutta used to be the national capital of British India until 1911 and the National Library is located in  the  historic Viceroy's Palace, -- revolver duels in the 1700s between the Governor General Warren Hastings and another Englishman who allegedly 'slandered' Hastingstook place not far away from here. Taj Bengal is slightly off-central but in a quieter location. These are high end hotels. Many young foreign tourists stay at the Salvation Army Guest House at Sudder Street near the Chowringhee Road area of Central Calcutta. Addresses can be found in the Lonely Planet (India) guidebook. There is also a  guidebook called Nagel's Encyclopedia Guide: India Nepal. Alternately the Hotel at Raichak (contact details in item 6 of the Accommodation page) may also be able to arrange places in Calcutta.