Arrival & Departures dates: The first Festival workshop starts in the afternoon on Thursday 1st August, so we advise you to arrive a day or two before to acclimatise and rest. Our closing performances will finish by 7:30 pm on Monday 5th August.
Visa Application: Coming to India requires a valid visa granted by the Indian Government. We suggest you apply for a Tourist Visa or an E-Visa at least a month before the departure to avoid any unexpected delay. To fill up the application form and find the Indian visa application center for your country, click here.
Weather in August: August is the monsoon/rainy season in India. Average temperatures will range from 26°C – 32°C. We advise you to bring a light umbrella or purchase one on arrival.
Accommodation in Kolkata: We can recommend you to book a guesthouse or advance ahead of your travel or look at a comfortable Airbnb closer to our venues in the vicinity of Ballygunge, Park Circus, Alipore, Park Street/Camac Street area. For a list of recommended/partner hotels send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Airport information: Book your flights so that you arrive in Kolkata at the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport. Various taxis services with booths at the airport are available for transfer to the city center. This could range between 750 to 1000 INR. Currently there is no direct metro line or bus service.
Transport in Kolkata: We advise you to download the Uber and Ola apps, so that you will be able to book a cab at anytime and any place conveniently. You will need to have an active internet connection on your phone for this. An average taxi ride usually costs between 100-150 INR. You can find a metro line connecting certain parts of the city. Other transport options include yellow cabs, autorickshaws, buses and trams which are relatively less expensive.
Internet/Wifi access in the city: Certain places in Kolkata will have wifi but usually they will require a verification with a local number. In general internet and wifi signals may not be as strong as you are accustomed to. Hotels/guest houses/coffee shops usually have wifi services on request, but the service may not always be free.
Passes & Registrations: All Festival events are free of charge except workshops. No pass needed.
Cafes & Restaurants: Kolkata has rich food culture that you can explore through various kinds of cuisine. Average prices for a meal can range from 500-1000 INR.