Kolkata is one of the few Indian cities—Delhi is another—where cooler temperatures are experienced for a few weeks each year. In January and February temperatures can be as low as 15˚C but in general, visitors should count on daily averages of around 21 to 26˚C at this time.
The rest of the year is spent in the monsoonal climate with extended periods of steamy heat followed by crashing thunderstorms and occasional flooding. Kolkata's notorious dust storms whip up clouds of sand and dust that blanket the city and are invariably followed by a refreshing downpour.
Kolkata is the only city in India where trams still run and the tram network here is a comfortable and reliable public transport option. The oldest electric tram network in Asia, Kolkata's trams also have no carbon emissions and so are a good shot of green power as well as a photo opportunity.
Taxi transport from Netaji Subhash Airport (CCU) may be challenging with the various outdated taxi meters of the city's countless yellow cabs — a bit of math is requires since the fares are multiplied by arbitrary amounts, depending on the placement of the meter. Meters that hang out the taxi window multiply the fare four times, but internal meters only require the fare to be doubled. The Kolkata Metro is India's first underground and it continues to expand into the new districts. It may prove to be your best bet for airport travel.
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