5 Luxury Getaways in Kolkata for Valentine's Day or a Special Celebration

Two days into Valentine’s week and love is brewing in the air. With Valentine’s Day running in mid-week, do not let your significant other to whine about you being non-romantic. Surprise your beloved with a bouquet, an epistle and tickets to an extraordinary evening getaway without even worrying about taking leave the next day. And Bengal has its very own Valentine Day on Sunday (Saraswati Puja). So put up your best attire and spend a day-long togetherness in luxurious yet memorable city experiences right here in Kolkata. 

5 Luxury Getaways in Kolkata for Valentine's Day or a Special Celebration
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    Amidst the palatial architectures and vibrant hustles of its street Kolkata offers some sparkling couple special experiences, perfect to visit at any time of the year. Be it your anniversary or some cradled duo moments, Kolkata would awe you with these unique city retreats.


    Feed your somber spirits in the Tram Restaurant

    Kolkata and Tram are closely linked; it is one of the few cities in the world that still runs the new version of the ramshackle tram. Seated in a compact aristocratic interior of a tram, in motion, and having your lunch, sweet-talking with your loved one; and watching the past and present seamlessly fusing together, the division being the windowpane, the royal buildings passing by it, with a piece of soft music pleasing your ears- the flawless ambiance to celebrate a special day indeed. 

    Feed your somber spirits in the Tram Restaurant
    Picture Courtesy: Curly Tales. You can watch their video here.

    Victoria Tramcar restaurant is a newly inaugurated restaurant on wheels, winding through the city, from Shahid Minar in Esplanade to Kidderpore and back. Offers both veg and non-veg Bengali cuisines. Tram rides could be slow when passing through congested traffic; when you are with your loved ones the delay could be cherishing.

    Cost: Varies, generalised Rs. 999 for non-veg and Rs. 799 for veg.

    Working Hours: 12 Noon- 11PM (mostly so as to avoid the rush in the office hours). Typically there are 4 trips- 12pm-2pm; 2pm-4pm; 4pm-6pm and 6pm-8pm

    Booking: Phone No: 9836129270; 9875327586. Book on their website here

    tram restaurant of kolkata

    Sail away on a River Cruise

    Longed for going on a cruise with your loved one and yet tight office schedules did not allow you to? Then Vivada jetty in Millennium Park, Kolkata has come to your rescue. River Ganges really does add an extra charm to the beauty of the city, be it Kolkata or Howrah. And an evening, sailing on the waters in a dainty illuminated cruise, down the Ganges is yet another way to surprise your beloved. The purple lit Howrah Bridge and the flickering fairy lights of the buildings ashore add the perfect ambiance aboard.

    Vivada Cruises and Cross India Cruises offers the best river cruises in the city and offers both veg and non-veg platter. Vivada's fleet includes Paramhansa, Millenium, Matsakanya, Auspicious and Jaladuta. Cross India offers Desire, Matsakanya, Paramhansa, Millenium, Riviera, Sumangal and The Auspicious. I personally like Matsakanya and The Auspicious which could be booked through both.

    Sail away on a River Cruise
    Picture Courtesy: CrossIndia Cruises

    Where: The embarking for both is from Vivada Jetty, Millenium Park, Kolkata.

    Cost:  Breakfast and evening cruise- Rs. 1050 per person; Lunch and Dinner cruise- Rs. 1575 per person. Special Valentine package aboard "The Auspicious" at Rs. 3540 for two.

    crossindia river cruises in west bengal
    Picture Courtesy: CrossIndia Cruises

    Working Hours:  Breakfast cruise- (8.30 am to 11.30 am); lunch cruise- (12.30 pm to 3.30 pm); evening cruise- (4.00 pm to 7.00 pm); dinner cruise- (7.30 pm to 10.30 pm);
    Valentine’s Day special cruise will start 6.30pm onwards 

    Booking:   Vivada: Website / Phone- 9883933033
    Cross India: Website / Phone- 8282906050
    Through BookMyShow

    Find yourself sparkling on a Pensive Island

    How about getting away from the honks of the city to an island and have your salver amidst the tranquillity of the place itself? And hence Café Ekante totally serves its name; ekante means solitary. Onwards through the waters of an artificial lake of Eco Park, café ekante is a houseboat café nestled on an island in the lake. A boat ride from the boarding points in Eco Park to the cafe amidst the cottages is a quick break from the daily blues, one might even stay a night in the cottages. 

    Cost: Rs. 800 for two.

    Working Hours:  Tuesday to Sunday: 1 PM to 10.30 PM; Monday closed
    Booking: Phone: 8334065345 / 9830984112. 
    Booking could be done through the Facebook page

    Still not convinced, have a view here

    Catching the view from the Kolkata Gate

    A walk through the ring-tunnel, hanging in the air, 25 m from the ground, supported by the arches, a civil engineering marvel right in the city named as the Kolkata gate or the Biswa Bangla Date.  The circular walk through is supposed to host a restaurant, a gallery, and a souvenir shop.  And the view is overlooking the whole skyline; skirted in the middle by the tracks of the Metro on one side and the series of colorful flats on the opposite end.  Sunset from here and watching the city transform into a canvas apt for light painting is an obvious way to make memories on the V-day. 

    Dusk at the Biswa Bangla Gate @DoiBedouin
    Dusk at the Biswa Bangla Gate

    Timing: Open from 8th to 14th Feb, i.e. the whole of Valentines week.  12Noon to 5PM with 45 min slot starting each hour. No visit on Monday.

    Cost: Rs. 100 entry fees;  Restaurant costs are similar to Cafe Ekante as it is another outlet of Cafe Ekante.

      Cafe Ekante's arrangemet in Kolkata Gate @DoiBedouin
    Cafe Ekante's arrangemet in Kolkata Gate
    Booking: Through BookMyShow.  You can Book here

    Getting old in the Horse Carriage Ride

    The touch of olden Kolkata is yet again revamped in a full-fledged AC horse carriage.  It was the brainchild of Sudip Sil who transformed the horse carriage ride into a hotel ride on wheels.  The carriage interior is decorated with thick transparent curtains giving an aristocratic touch to it.  

    Where: A round of Victoria Memorial through the Race Course South gate, moving on to Fort William and then back to the stand. On requests, the round can be extended to Princep Ghat. So depending on your budget one might spend the rest of the hours in Victoria Memorial or Prinsep Ghat.

    Timing: anytime

    Regular Horse Carriage
    Round near Fort William: Rs 500
    Round near Princep Ghat: Rs 1,500
    Small round: Rs 300
    A.C Horse Carriage
    1 round with A.C- Rs.1200
    1 round without A.C – Rs.500
    1hr ride with A.C- Rs.6000

    Full night – Rs.10000-15000

    Booking: Once you reach Victoria Memorial you could talk it out with the horse carriage owners

    However if you want to plan for a long romantic weekend try out these places for sure.

    5 Luxury Getaways in Kolkata for Valentine's Day or a Special Celebration

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    1. Oh!! There are so many romantic options! Eco Park sounds absolutely wonderful and the perfect way to spend time together!

    2. These all look so romantic and beautiful! Great tips for thos in Kolkata to be romantic.

    3. All great ideas- I think the Rover Cruise would be my top choice. That would be amazing!

    4. I love all these ideas but I especially love the idea of a tram restaurant and I can never pass up a river cruise

    5. These all sound romantic and fun! The tram restaurant sounds really cool – I've never heard of anything like that before.

    6. What a brilliant guide. I did not know there are so many options. The tram hotel looks lovely! And I can't get over how reasonably prices everything is. 100% doing Victoria on Wheels when I am in town next.

    7. Nice idea for Kolkata and Valentine's Day. I like the tram restaurant.

    8. Amazing options to spend time with your valentine. Tram restaurant looked really romantic

    9. Sounds like there is no shortage of options for romantic travel in Kolkata :) will have to consider it for a February trip next year!!

    10. It looks great, Now just a guy to do all this with!

    11. These are all fantastic romantic ideas for Valentine's Day. I would like to ride in the horse carriage!

    12. Such amazing and unique restaurants! Would be so cool to experience some of these dining options. I would especially try to do the tram ride restaurant:)

    13. Such lovely ideas. Kolkata seems like a romantic destination year round to me. I’ll make it there soon :)

    14. Never been to Kolkata, but it has to be on my bucket list. Such an amazing place.

    15. These restaurants are so magnificent and I am sure, that your sweetheart will be totally impressed to dine there. I would also like to know the prices there.

    16. Kolkata is primarily the intellectual and cultural capital of the nation. There are several important places to visit in this city.
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    17. All of these recommendations sound fantastic, since I have taken many river cruises, I would opt for the Tran Restaurant. It looks and sounds fantastic. Although any one of these that I chose, I would be doing solo lol.

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    19. Thank you for sharing this great post. if you want to find the most places to visit in India


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