Enter the world of art, literature and color which defines the stunning East Indian city of Kolkata, better known as Calcutta. This lush, frenetic city is now your home, so why not explore it and all it has to offer with other expats? We at InterNations are able to bring you and your compatriots together so that you can learn about Calcutta with the knowledge you are getting first-hand experiences and expertise. You'll get recommendations on places to visit and local services, tips on local customs and laws and get your bearings in this large and busy city of nearly five million people. For you, joining InterNations and then participating in our Calcutta forum or attending our real-life events couldn't be easier and you can start connecting with expats straight away!
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Attend our monthly events and activities for Calcutta expatriates to get to know like-minded expatriates in real life.
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Calcutta or as it's now known, Kolkata, is the former capital city of India and its nickname — The City of Furious, Creative Energy — should sum up everything you need to know. Its culture is rich with dance, art, music, and film. The local Bengali cuisine, as you would expect, is fragrant and flavorful: try the fish curries it's famous for, such as the jhol (fish cooked with a simple tomato or ginger sauce) or the shorshe batar jhal (a spicy, heady mix of mustard and green chillies). The nightlife in Calcutta is vibrant and popular, from classy cocktail and jazz bars to nightclubs. Housing in the city is cheap, traffic sometimes hectic, but as the city is relatively small, getting around shouldn't be a problem. Your fellow InterNations expats will be able to give you advice as to what medical facilities are available; there are many good hospitals in the city. Calcutta is a friendly, safe city and you will soon settle into your new life in this most beautiful of places.
InterNations is the largest global network for expatriates, with communities in 420 cities across the globe. Get to know fellow internationals in your city, before you're moving, or when traveling somewhere and never feel like a stranger. InterNations makes it easy for you to stay in touch with your expat friends, both online and offline, so you can grow your network of friends and contacts from all over the world. Whether they live in Riyadh or Jakarta, InterNations allows you to be close to them even if they are miles away.
There's no need to feel overwhelmed and uneasy when our expat community is ready and waiting to make your move to Calcutta stress free. Whether you're traveling with your family or as a single person, we can make sure you're introduced to like-minded people who share your interests. Our groups are specially organized to bring together expats with similar interests: food and wine, sports, hiking, arts and culture — practically anything you can imagine. Some of our groups cater to the whole family — sightseeing trips, get-togethers, walking tours, dance lessons, after-school activities — we guarantee there will be something for even the most introverted expat to join in with! And if there isn't a group yet for your favorite hobby or pasttime, you can always open your own!