Moving to Kolkata - Help please!

#1 Jul 13th, 2011, 05:54
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Hi,

I will be moving to Kolkata in a fortnight and need some advice regarding food, transport and accommodation. I would probably be there for 3 months though this could change at a later date. My office would be at Dargah Road and I would prefer to stay not too far away from my office.

Accommodation: As I'm a single girl, security of the area/building/locality I live in is the most important factor. Since I don't know anyone in Kolkata safety is a primary concern for me.
My online research shows I can get a rented flat in 5K...is that accurate? which localities should I look at? How much would a single room in a pg+food cost? would a flat or pg be a better option? I also considered renting a room at the YWCA? how much would that cost...is it feasible?

Food:I'm a vegetarian. How much would my daily meals cost approximately? I'm no fan of the 5star hotels.

Transportation:How would I commute in the area? Does the metro work in this area? What would you suggest?

Appreciate any help that comes my way.
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#2 Jul 13th, 2011, 08:25
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Tina20,

Dargah road is not easily accessible via Metro. Take a look at this map, zoom out a bit and you should be able to see Park Street and Rabindra Sadan metro stations (on the left), which are almost equidistant from Dargah Road. I don't think any auto-rickshaw's operate from these metro stations to Dargah Road. On the other hand, there may be auto-rickshaw's available from Gariahat or Ballygunje Phnari, but I'm not sure.

Re your questions on food and accommodation, I would let others chime in.
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What is your budget for accomodation? Darga Road, as the name perhaps suggests, is in a predominantly Muslim area of the town called Park Circus. It is on the fringe of a huge slum which is just on the other side of the rail line.
I just stated a plain truth and fact. I do not wish to court any controversy here. I am not making any insinuation here.
I would suggest taking a PG accomodation in the Ballygunge Phari, Bondel Road areas which is perhaps ten minutes by an auto rickshaw. You could also look at the CIT Road area which is close by but in the opposite direction.
Cost of living in Calcutta is one of the lowest in the country. Where do you stay right now? I am sure Calcutta markets will be cheaper than wherever that is.
Best of luck.

PS: Finding a vegetarian restaurant in the Darga Road area might well nigh be impossible. Even a South Indian restaurant there serves (extremely delicious) chicken chettinad and things like that !!! Park Circus is famous for its mutton biryani restaurants. I hope this does not discourage you from coming to our city. Welcome in advance.
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I also back the opinion of Calcuttan regarding the composition and character of the locality and the consequent safety situation !!
I would also strongly advice you to stay around the locality roughly comprising Ballygunge Phari, Bondel Road , Mayfair road area. And you will get some vegetarian options in this area.
The rent might go a little beyond your stated budget but still I think it would be the best option considering your circumstances !!!
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Thanks arindamdas for the answer regarding transport. Could you(or anyone else) tell me what would be the mode of transport available if I were staying at YWCA. Would I get autos/rickshaws then? Also how far is YWCA from Dargah Road and Camac Street(2nd location of my employer)? What about the transport situation in the Ballygunge Phari, Bondel Road areas?

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Originally Posted by Calcuttan View Post What is your budget for accomodation?
I would suggest taking a PG accomodation in the Ballygunge Phari, Bondel Road areas which is perhaps ten minutes by an auto rickshaw. You could also look at the CIT Road area which is close by but in the opposite direction.
Cost of living in Calcutta is one of the lowest in the country. Where do you stay right now? I am sure Calcutta markets will be cheaper than wherever that is.
I hope this does not discourage you from coming to our city. Welcome in advance.
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Originally Posted by Kasturi View Post I would also strongly advice you to stay around the locality roughly comprising Ballygunge Phari, Bondel Road , Mayfair road area. And you will get some vegetarian options in this area.
The rent might go a little beyond your stated budget but still I think it would be the best option considering your circumstances !!!
Thank you so much for your useful posts. I agree with your points about Dargah Road/park circus and would now look at areas you suggested since safety is very important for me. How far would Ballygunge Phari, Bondel Road , Mayfair road area be from Camac Street (2nd location of my employer where I might have to go occasionally)?

I live in Gurgaon and the cost of living here is astronomical - I can barely afford it. 5K was just a random figure I came across online...in Gurgaon I end up paying 11K-13K sometimes (utilities included) but I plan to reduce my accomodation costs when I move to Kolkata due to some financial constraints. I'm prepared to pay a maximum of 8K for accomodation but thats my limit and I would prefer to get meals+utilities too, with this amount. Is it a reasonable expectation? If I were to stay at a PG would I be able to get a room at single occupancy...I like my privacy. If a flat would be more feasable, I dont mind a one room thing with kitchen and bathroom etc. How much would the rent for such a flat be? How viable would YWCA be as a living option in your opinion?
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YWCA is walkable from Camac Street. In fact from YWCA to Camac Street walking is the only option. If you stayed in Ballygunge Phari area and you had to go to Camac Street there will be umpteen number of buses. It will take you maximum 15 minutes. Darga Road will be 5 minutes by a three-wheeler auto rickshaw from Ballygunge Phari.
YWCA to Darga Road will not be an easy commute. Distance wise it is not far at all (maximum 3/4 km), but in that area of YWCA there is neither any bus route nor any auto route. You have to take a taxi every day, I guess. The other option is to walk a little and then take a bus from Park Street to Exide Morh and then from Exide Morh again another bus or shared taxi to Darga Road.
I have no idea about how one gets an accomodation in YWCA. It is in a very posh area of Calcutta, to be sure.
8k is a decent budget for PG in Phari area. Bondel Road will be cheaper. One room flat at 8k in that area is perhaps not a feasible idea. Look at the classifieds in Telegraph.
Compared to Gurgaon, Calcutta will be annoyingly cheap.
If you worked in the Camac Street area, then you could think of staying anywhere on the Metro route and a small flat at 8k is highly feasible in Tollygunge/Garia area. The Metro commute is relatively more comfortable and quick. Long bus journeys in Calcutta is really bad.
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Well, I called YWCA today and staying in their guest house could turn out to be an v.expensive affair. They also have a working women's hostel but that is not available at the moment.
So PG accommodation seems like my best bet right now.

Another question: Are Ballygunge Phari, Bondel Road , Mayfair road areas near the Metro? Someone suggested it would be safer as a single woman to live near the Metro (even though it doesn't link well to my place of work). If these places are not near the Metro, can you think of some other safe areas that are not far from my place of work and yet close to the Metro?

Also, what is the electricity situation in these areas? When I looked for a place in Gurgaon I had to make sure it had a generator (as opposed to nothing/invertor) as the electricity situation is really bad here. Do you think I should follow the same approach in Kolkata?

How would you rate the Kolkata weather? I have heard such varied accounts I dont know what to believe. I have been following the weather on Google and it says its really humid there right now. Is that correct? How would you describe the weather for the second half of the year?
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The Ballygunge Phari, Bondel Road areas are not very far from the Metro. You take an auto from Jatindas Park station and you are there in ten minutes.
Safety for a lone woman is not as big an issue in Calcutta as it is in Gurgaon. If you take the normal precautions then I don't think you would ever be attacked on the roads of Calcutta, as it so often happens in Delhi/Noida/Gurgaon etc.
In terms of weather, right now Calcutta is extremely humid. Some evenings you might sweat profusely sitting directly under the fan. It is not so hot right now because of cloud cover but very very humid. October onwards things will start improving. It will be very pleasant till the end of February. March onwards it will start getting warmer but still not unpleasant. April-May-June is terribly hot. But perhaps you are used to it, being a Delhite. July-August-September will be very very humid. A Delhite will find this time the most uncomfortable. Personally I find this phase from April to September the most unpleasant time in Calcutta.
Power situation right now in Calcutta is not bad at all. Compared to Gurgaon it is not an issue here at all. While loadshedding is not unheard of, it is not as big an issue as it is in north India.
What are your immediate plans for accomodation? I mean where do you propose to go when you arrive at Howrah/Dumdum? If you plan to stay in any hotel, I would recommend you check the background. The Park Circus area is full of shady hotels. It may not be safe for a lone woman to stay there.
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I'll be coming to Kolkata last week of July-1st week of august.
My dad would prolly accompany me to get me settled in. Will have to look for a hotel too, I know.

There's just so much work to do when you are relocating!
#10 Jul 17th, 2011, 12:01
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Hi Tina

A few comments :
- Auto-rickshaws in Kolkata are shared - you cannot hire an auto just for yourself. They take 4-5 passengers between fixed points on fixed routes. You may find yourself squeezed between two strangers ! However, everyone, including young girls and elderly ladies, use them. They are cheap (Rs 5-6 per ride) and frequent.
- Getting veg food in a restaurant is difficult. There are very few Veg restaurants. I suggest you get a "dabba" for lunch/dinner : home cooked food, reasonably cheap, delivered to your home.
- Security is not an issue in Kolkata. Unless you venture out late (after 10 pm) in a lonely area, you won't have any problem.
- The weather is lousy (humid + hot) until October, pleasant for the next 5-6 months. An A/C is recommended.
- The Metro is a single line running pretty much North-South on the Western side of Kolkata. Darga Road is far away from the metro (by Kolkata standards).
- The areas mentioned (Ballygunge Phari, CIT Road etc) are decent middle class localities. For Rs 5-8 K you will get good PG accommodation. It will be close to Darga Road and not too far from Camac Street, in terms of commuting time.
- Power supply is not an issue. Power cuts are rare.

I am now quite familiar with Kolkata and would like to help you.
Regards
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Thanks for your replies everyone!

One quick question: How safe/appropriate are these localities Shakespeare Sarani, Kasba and Park Street for my situation?

I have been looking at magicbricks.com and telegraph classifieds and these names cropped up. What do you think?

BTW, I will be in Kolkata sometime in the first week of August. Looking forward to the experience!
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Welcome in advance. Shakespeare Sarani and Park Street are very posh office areas. However, there are stretches of these two roads, particularly in the east of AJC Bose Road, which are not really posh. Being office areas, these get very desolate after evening or around weekends. Be very skeptical of any cheap offers in these areas.
Kasba is a Bengali residential area. Though a little distant from Darga Road but depending on which part of Kasba, it might well be ideal for you.
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Originally Posted by tina20 View Post Hi,

I will be moving to Kolkata in a fortnight and need some advice regarding food, transport and accommodation. I would probably be there for 3 months though this could change at a later date. My office would be at Dargah Road and I would prefer to stay not too far away from my office.

Accommodation: As I'm a single girl, security of the area/building/locality I live in is the most important factor. Since I don't know anyone in Kolkata safety is a primary concern for me.
My online research shows I can get a rented flat in 5K...is that accurate? which localities should I look at? How much would a single room in a pg+food cost? would a flat or pg be a better option? I also considered renting a room at the YWCA? how much would that cost...is it feasible?

Food:I'm a vegetarian. How much would my daily meals cost approximately? I'm no fan of the 5star hotels.

Transportation:How would I commute in the area? Does the metro work in this area? What would you suggest?

Appreciate any help that comes my way.
Dear Tina, Getting a PG at Ballygunj Place would not be a problem at arounf 7.5 to 8. Darga Rd, does have auto service but it will be difficult for you to get an empty share auto there. In Kolkata you get cab. From Ballygunj place to Darga road would cost you around 30 bucks one way. Cabs are available near ballygunj Fari and Ballugunj Place area.
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Originally Posted by tina20 View Post Hi,

I will be moving to Kolkata in a fortnight and need some advice regarding food, transport and accommodation. I would probably be there for 3 months though this could change at a later date. My office would be at Dargah Road and I would prefer to stay not too far away from my office.

Accommodation: As I'm a single girl, security of the area/building/locality I live in is the most important factor. Since I don't know anyone in Kolkata safety is a primary concern for me.
My online research shows I can get a rented flat in 5K...is that accurate? which localities should I look at? How much would a single room in a pg+food cost? would a flat or pg be a better option? I also considered renting a room at the YWCA? how much would that cost...is it feasible?

Food:I'm a vegetarian. How much would my daily meals cost approximately? I'm no fan of the 5star hotels.

Transportation:How would I commute in the area? Does the metro work in this area? What would you suggest?

Appreciate any help that comes my way.
One more thing. metro is in no way comfortable for your journey to your office. The nearest metro station will be atleast four to five km away from your office.
Another place to stay could be beck bagan / minto park. A little costly but a lot of vegetarians stay there and you will get some goog veg joints.
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Tina,

The area around Darga road is very communally sensitive. Although riots are next to an impossibility, there will be problems. Like during a India Pak match for ex. or even minor skirmishes daily. See if you can work out from only the Camac St office.

If your main aim in moving to Cal is saving money, you'd be disappointed. Yes, its cheaper than other comparable cities but nothing to make any significant difference. I moved in from Bangalore, if it matters.

Since safety is your main concern (and rightly so) you will find Cal to be much better compared to Gurgaon. One of the safest and posher localities of Cal is Salt Lake. Rents here are amongst the highest of most places. Here you will get a triple sharing PG for 2.5 K (w/o food) and 4.7 K (with food). A single room will cost 5K (w/o food) and a 2BHK around 11 - 13 K. Commute will be long.

As regards the weather, for 8 months in a year, life will be very hard if you do not have a AC. 1st Nov to 28th Feb is winter, pretty mild compared to NCR.

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