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Calcutta Capsule

Explore and fall in love with Calutta like locals with Walking Tours & Homestays

Calcutta Capsule is Ranked as the no#1 Walking tour company in Calcutta on TripAdvisor and Airbnb

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At Calcutta Capsule we help you fall in love with Calcutta and experience the city like a local.

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Ranked #1 on Tripadvisor & Airbnb Exp

The walking tours at Calcutta Capsule are led by Soham ; A 5th Generation Calcutta Bengali(Local). Soham’s Love for Calcutta is contagious and he specializes in making sure you are at the right place at the right time.

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                             ” Take one of Calcutta Capsule’s amazing Walking tours. It will be the experience of a lifetime.”                                                            – Elizabeth Gilbert  (Bestselling Author of Eat, Pray, Love)

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Recommended Experiences

 Magic Hour Tour

An early morning adventure to see Calcutta Wake up

Every morning, before the sun is up; the light sensitive Neon street lamps of Calcutta go off just when there is enough light. We hop on to the first tram of the day as the city enters the enchanting 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. 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. 

Duration: 3 hours
Price: 3000 INR
Medium: Paused for Covid -19

  • All Food stalls regularly sanitized & monitored to maintain safe hygienic practices with reference to anti-Covid norms.
  • All staff members and Hosts wear Face mask.
  • Complimentary Sanitizers for all guests on the tour.

 Alleyway Food Tour

A Food Tour through the Mystical
Alleyways of Old Calcutta 

Calcutta; famous for its narrow alleyways known as the By-Lanes spread like a labyrinth in the oldest part of the city. Each alleyway holds a particular treasure at the end; A famous eatery.

This food tour not just lets you indulge in mouthwatering dishes that are part of Calcutta’s culture for centuries but also delves into the history and story behind the eateries. Local legends and alleyway stories are uncovered in a 3 hour non-stop eating fest. By the end you would’ve tasted Calcutta’s best food and known more about the Bengali Culture. Come find your way through the mystical narrow alleyways of Calcutta leading to century old Street food stalls and discover why they call Calcutta a food lovers Paradise

Duration: 3 hours
Price: 3000 INR
Medium: Walking tour 

  • All Food stalls regularly sanitized & monitored to maintain safe hygienic practices with reference to anti-Covid norms.
  • All staff members and Hosts wear Face mask.
  • Complimentary Sanitizers for all guests on the tour.

Calcutta Contrast Tour

A soul searching voyage through 2 contrasting sections of Calcutta 

Based on Satyajit Ray’s Masterpiece “The Middleman”, the Calcutta Contrast tour tries to bring forth the contrast in the life of local city dwellers.

The choice of being part of the uncomplicated Business community or Artsy intellectual Native folk. Come feel and experience the Difference between Finance and Romance. We start off by visiting a native Bengali Area at college street ,browsing through alleys of books and old book stalls, A coffee break at the famous coffee house, initiation to becoming a Bengali and finding a few hidden spots.The whole sale markets (Burrabazar) are a place where a non Bengali culture has been in place for decades. A city within the heart of the city which is not native. A walk through India’s largest and oldest wholesale fruit market and diving deep into the maze of wholesale markets that constitute the heart of Calcutta is experienced through local food,people and watching hand made products being made on the streets. Not all walks should be just about walking somewhere, so to finish off the tour we end up on a secret roof top with a panoramic view of old Calcutta sipping on beer/tea/lassi and basking in the Sunset.

Duration: 3 hours
Price: 3000 INR
Medium: Walking tour 

  • All Food stalls regularly sanitized & monitored to maintain safe hygienic practices with reference to anti-Covid norms.
  • All staff members and Hosts wear Face mask.
  • Complimentary Sanitizers for all guests on the tour.

walking tours

 Magic Hour Tour

An early morning adventure
 to see Calcutta Wake up

Every morning, before the sun is up; the light sensitive Neon street lamps of Calcutta go off just when there is enough light. We hop on to the first tram of the day as the city enters the enchanting Magic Hour
Meandering 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. 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.
Duration: 4 hours
Price: 3000 INR
Start Time: 5:30 am

  • All Food stalls regularly sanitized & monitored to maintain safe hygienic practices with reference to anti-Covid norms.
  • All staff members and Hosts wear Face mask.
  • Complimentary Sanitizers for all guests on the tour.
  • Full Refund till 48 Hours before tour start time.
  • Please reach tour starting point on time. Tour party will not wait for anyone after the tour start time. Reaching the start point late may lead to cancellation of ticket.

 Alleyway Food Tour

A Food Tour through the Mystical
Alleyways of Old Calcutta 

5.0   72 reviews

Calcutta; famous for its narrow alleyways known as the By-Lanes spread like a labyrinth in the oldest part of the city. Each alleyway holds a particular treasure at the end; A famous eatery.
This food tour not just lets you indulge in mouthwatering dishes that are part of Calcutta’s culture for centuries but also delves into the history and story behind the eateries. Local legends and alleyway stories are uncovered in a 3 hour non-stop eating fest. By the end you would’ve tasted Calcutta’s best food and known more about the Bengali Culture. Come find your way through the mystical narrow alleyways of Calcutta leading to century old Street food stalls and discover why they call Calcutta a food lovers Paradise

Duration: 3 hours
Price: 3000 INR
T iming: 4-7pm(Nov-March)
5-8pm (Apr-Oct)

  • All Food stalls regularly sanitized & monitored to maintain safe hygienic practices with reference to anti-Covid norms.
  • All staff members and Hosts wear Face mask.
  • Complimentary Sanitizers for all guests on the tour.
  • Full Refund till 48 Hours before tour start time.
  • Please reach tour starting point on time. Tour party will not wait for anyone after the tour start time. Reaching the start point late may lead to cancellation of ticket.

Calcutta Contrast Tour

A soul searching voyage through 2 contrasting sections of Calcutta 

5.0   41+ reviews

Based on Satyajit Ray’s Masterpiece “The Middleman”, the Calcutta Contrast tour tries to bring forth the contrast in the life of local city dwellers.

The choice of being part of the uncomplicated Business community or Artsy intellectual Native folk. Come feel and experience the Difference between Finance and Romance. We start off by visiting a native Bengali Area at college street ,browsing through alleys of books and old book stalls, A coffee break at the famous coffee house, initiation to becoming a Bengali and finding a few hidden spots.The whole sale markets (Burrabazar) are a place where a non Bengali culture has been in place for decades. A city within the heart of the city which is not native. A walk through India’s largest and oldest wholesale fruit market and diving deep into the maze of wholesale markets that constitute the heart of Calcutta is experienced through local food,people and watching hand made products being made on the streets. Not all walks should be just about walking somewhere, so to finish off the tour we end up on a secret roof top with a panoramic view of old Calcutta sipping on beer/tea/lassi and basking in the Sunset.

Duration: 3 hours
Price: 3000 INR
Start Time: 1-4 pm (Nov-March)
4-7 pm (Apr-Oct)

  • All Food stalls regularly sanitized & monitored to maintain safe hygienic practices with reference to anti-Covid norms.
  • All staff members and Hosts wear Face mask.
  • Complimentary Sanitizers for all guests on the tour.
  • Full Refund till 48 Hours before tour start time.
  • Please reach tour starting point on time. Tour party will not wait for anyone after the tour start time. Reaching the start point late may lead to cancellation of ticket.

 Wake up to the Wetlands Walking Tour

An Eco-Trail through the largest Wetlands in the world

5.0   5 reviews

This ecstatic early morning trail in the East Kolkata Wetlands (EKW) will give you the pleasure of witnessing the Wetlands wake up.
As we travel into the wetlands, we shall immerse ourselves into the beauty of nature and at the same time interact with the EKW residents as they are engaged in their myriad daily activities that sustain and enrich this landscape. It begins with an exciting and unique local transport ride that will take you to the interiors of the wetland community, where the eco-trail starts. From watching fishermen fish to bird watching this eco trail is packed with unique experiences. With the rising sun, traveling through the diverse flora and fauna, you interact and listen to first hand stories from the local residents. Meandering through the deepest parts of the largest Wetland in the world, this eco trail gives you an opportunity to immerse yourself in the daily morning routine of the community like a local .Keeping you company will be exciting activities by community children and Calcutta’s best walking tour specialist Soham from Calcutta Capsule.Book your slots now to enjoy a never before experience filled with magical moments to cherish forever. The Tour will be conducted by Soham from Calcutta’s best Walking Tour company Calcutta Capsule, Ecology experts from Disappearing Dialogues and volunteers from the wetlands community.

P.S Failure to reach starting point by 5:30 am will lead to cancellation of the Booking without refund. As the Tour itinerary is time bound it is imperative we start sharp on time to ensure a memorable experience for the group present.

Duration: 3 hours
Price: 999 INR
Start Time: 5:15 am

*Sunrise
*Birdwatching
*Fishermen at work
*Exploring Backwaters
*Unique Local *Transports
*Breakfast (Veg)

Meeting point :

Google location: Bamanghata bridge

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The meeting point will have parking space.

 

  • Full Refund till 48 Hours before tour start time.
  • Please reach tour starting point on time. Tour party will not wait for anyone after the tour start time. Reaching the start point late may lead to cancellation of ticket.
  • All staff members and Hosts wear Face mask.

homestays

 Owl’s Nest 1

Owl’s Nest Penthouse in Heritage Calcutta

An artistic rooftop Cabin at tree level .Totally different from the boxed in spaces called rooms, this is a work of art .Welcome to experience gorgeous Old Calcutta at its Best !

We are on the 5th floor & you have to use stairs . Help with luggage can be provided.
The Room :
This is a lovely rooftop Cabin cradled in nature .Watch sunrise & sunset from the terrace or bed .Soak in the Sun in the terrace amid greenery & flowers & unhindered views .
Walk out of your nest , onto a terrace & an unhindered expanse of greenery ! Enjoy hours of winter sunshine , lounging with a book & coffee.
The room is like a nest in a tree so that you can enjoy a relaxing country experience plum in the core of Classical Old Calcutta ! You will realize why Kolkata is totally different from other cities in India .

Both the Owl’s Nest rooms are unconventional & is designed by T.C from Calcutta Capsule with lots of passion in the tiny house concept .

*The room has been listed as. : #1 Stay option in Kolkata in the December 2019 edition of Lonely Planet , India .
** We have hosted guests from more than 50 countries with 290+ top reviews in our three rooms in the same location.

A strong fast Wifi
Air-conditioned
Attached bath with towels & toiletries.
Water Filter
Hot kettle with Tea & Coffee pouches.

Airport 20 mins at night,30-40 mins during day. Metro Stn : 5min walk. 500 metres. Howrah & Sealdah Stations : 30 mins. A big Indian Bazar is 2 minutes away and shops for eating & buying anything are within 5 minutes. Please look up Shyambazar on Wikipedia. The most attractive part of this listing is its unique location. This is the ‘Real Kolkata’ as many of our guests described it. Walk the alleyways all around us or take a walk to the Ganges for a Ferry ride or just enjoy the aritsan’s village of Kumartuli- you can do it like a local from here.
You are welcome to the adjoining two terraces overlooking the Park and the city . You can share the Fridge with the hosts – available complimentary on request.
  • 1 day gap between every Check-in and previous Check-out.
  • Cleaned and Sanitized

Check in : Any time after 12 noon.
Check out any time before 10 am .
For Late night check-in , Self check-in app will be shared by Mail . The gate lock can be operated through phone & your net connection or after logging onto our Wifi.
Early check in late check out options also available upto 6 hours subject to availability and chargeable.

We are on the 5th Floor and we do not have an elevator in the building like all buildings of the period . However a walk up the stairs will do a lot of good for your heart , other than the gorgeous views you can enjoy : ) Luggage: Help can be provided for carrying up luggage for arrivals between 10 am to 6 pm . Or else, Luggage can be stored in a locker room downstairs for the night & carried upstairs the following day with outside help around 10 am .

 Owl’s Nest 2

Private Sundeck & Cozy Penthouse in Vintage Calcutta 

An unique experience with all modern facilities in Classic Old Kolkata !
This is not a traditional boxed space with no windows , it is more windows than wall! Live amid nature ,watch sunrise & sunset from the bed .

You will enjoy your stay immensely if you appreciate a challenging creative design .
There are two levels of the room with the Lower level having a writing table,storage space and the washroom & the upper level has the bed and the Sundeck and has windows with a unique 270 degree view .
The decor of the room is a mixture of traditional handwoven materials from rural artisans and an open skies design with plenty of natural light and sun. There is a private sundeck & also a mini library. There is lots of space in the adjacent terrace which is frequented by various birds and overlooks the largest park of Calcutta . Walk out of your room onto a green terrace full of flowers & an unhindered expanse of greenery !
All this 5 minutes from a Metro , close to Heritage spots, & 30 mins from the Airport .

The room is was designed by us & built on the tiny house concept .
* We have been listed as #1 among 3 places to stay shortlisted in Kolkata , by Lonely Planet , India . December 2019 edition.

A strong fast Wifi
Air-conditioned
Attached bath with towels & toiletries.
Water Filter
Hot kettle with Tea & Coffee pouches.

Airport 20 mins at night,30-40 mins during day. Metro Stn : 5min walk. 500 metres. Howrah & Sealdah Stations : 30 mins. A big Indian Bazar is 2 minutes away and shops for eating & buying anything are within 5 minutes. Please look up Shyambazar on Wikipedia. The most attractive part of this listing is its unique location. This is the ‘Real Kolkata’ as many of our guests described it. Walk the alleyways all around us or take a walk to the Ganges for a Ferry ride or just enjoy the aritsan’s village of Kumartuli- you can do it like a local from here.
You are welcome to the adjoining two terraces overlooking the Park and the city . You can share the Fridge with the hosts – available complimentary on request.
  • 1 day gap between every Check-in and previous Check-out.
  • Cleaned and Sanitized

Check in : Any time after 12 noon.
Check out any time before 10 am .
For Late night check-in , Self check-in app will be shared by Mail . The gate lock can be operated through phone & your net connection or after logging onto our Wifi.
Early check in late check out options also available upto 6 hours subject to availability and chargeable.

We are on the 5th Floor and we do not have an elevator in the building like all buildings of the period . However a walk up the stairs will do a lot of good for your heart , other than the gorgeous views you can enjoy : ) Luggage: Help can be provided for carrying up luggage for arrivals between 10 am to 6 pm . Or else, Luggage can be stored in a locker room downstairs for the night & carried upstairs the following day with outside help around 10 am .

The Sunshine Room

Heritage Kolkata Homestay: The Sunshine Room

Welcome to our 5 generation home, with a breathtaking terrace garden .Sunnny, airy,spotless ,with great views & a five minute walk from the nearest Metro . This is in the core of Charming Old Calcutta which is distinct from other cities & the rest of the city !
A safe stopover for women & family.

The room is a well maintained modern setup with a small changing room/walk-in closet.
It has a comfortable double bed, with a 14 ft window giving a fantastic view of old Calcutta . The room is naturally very Sunny and Airy unlike the suffocating walled in rooms you find in most places.
Half a flight of stairs above, is a beautiful terrace garden with views of Old Calcutta on one side & breathtaking greenery on the other !! It is a place to relax and the swing seats are a special attraction ! The terrace is an oasis of peace away from the bustle of city life .
It is part of an apartment , but has independent access from the main gate to the room.

** We have hosted more than 500 guests from more than 50 countries with 270+ top reviews in our three rooms in the same location.
Lots of options of eating out is available nearby.
The neighbourhood is famous for its street food & Kolkata Sweets-the Rosogolla,Sandesh & Mishti Doi all of which have its roots here.

A strong fast Wifi
Air-conditioned
Attached bath with towels & toiletries.
Water Filter
Hot kettle with Tea & Coffee pouches.

Airport 20 mins at night,30-40 mins during day. Metro Stn : 5min walk. 500 metres. Howrah & Sealdah Stations : 30 mins. A big Indian Bazar is 2 minutes away and shops for eating & buying anything are within 5 minutes. Please look up Shyambazar on Wikipedia. The most attractive part of this listing is its unique location. This is the ‘Real Kolkata’ as many of our guests described it. Walk the alleyways all around us or take a walk to the Ganges for a Ferry ride or just enjoy the aritsan’s village of Kumartuli- you can do it like a local from here.
You are welcome to the adjoining two terraces overlooking the Park and the city . You can share the Fridge with the hosts – available complimentary on request.
  • 1 day gap between every Check-in and previous Check-out.
  • Cleaned and Sanitized

Check in : Any time after 12 noon.
Check out any time before 10 am .
For Late night check-in , Self check-in app will be shared by Mail . The gate lock can be operated through phone & your net connection or after logging onto our Wifi.
Early check in late check out options also available upto 6 hours subject to availability and chargeable.

We are on the 5th Floor and we do not have an elevator in the building like all buildings of the period . However a walk up the stairs will do a lot of good for your heart , other than the gorgeous views you can enjoy : ) Luggage: Help can be provided for carrying up luggage for arrivals between 10 am to 6 pm . Or else, Luggage can be stored in a locker room downstairs for the night & carried upstairs the following day with outside help around 10 am .

Virtual Experiences

Sculptor’s Village Virtual Walk
Kumartuli

A virtual Walk through India’s most fascinating Sculpting Village

Take a virtual walk through India’s most fascinating mud sculptor’s community with Calcutta’s most celebrated walking tour expert. Kumartuli is India’s oldest God idol making village right in the middle of old Calcutta.

In this experience you walk with Calcutta’s best Airbnb experience curator Soham (https://bit.ly/Airbnb_CalcuttaCapsule) and witness Kumartuli / sculptor’s village. With stories on Hindu Gods, festivals and secrets of Hinduism this experience tries to give you an in-depth feeling of actually being in Calcutta and watching the artists work. Interact with the artists , understand their perspective on the Gods and unravel secrets of Gods. Sit back and enjoy as Soham walks you through this fascinating village explaining the different studios and how each idol is made

Duration: 1 hour
Price: 1500 INR
Medium: Google Meet

After Successful ticket booking our host will share a google meet Code/link. You can join the meeting from any web browser of your laptop. 
If you are using an Android Device you may download the Google meet app from Google Playstore or input the code in google meet option inside your stock Gmail app.
If you are using Apple devices you can download the google meet app from Apple Playstore.

Mom’s Chai (Bengal) 

A virtual Chai- Tea making masterclass with real mothers

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Duration: 1 hour
Price: 1500 INR
Medium: Google Meet

Contact-less Experiences

(FOLLOWING ANTI COVID NORMS)

Sculptor’s Village Walk
Kumartuli

A contactless Walk through India’s most fascinating Sculpting Village

Take a walk through India’s most fascinating mud sculptor’s community with Calcutta’s most celebrated walking tour expert. Kumartuli is India’s oldest God idol making village right in the middle of old Calcutta.

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Duration: 2 hour
Price: 2000 INR
Medium: contactless Physical

Experience 2

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Duration: 2 hour
Price: 2000 INR
Medium: contactless Physical

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