Kolkata, India: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2022]

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Traveling to Kolkata, India? If you're planning to go to Kolkata, here is some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack.

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About your travel guide

Hi! I'm Dev. I've traveled all over the world and in my travels, I have made many packing lists. In this series, my team and I have compiled the most useful information, as well as things we couldn't live without, to help you plan your trip.


When to go to Kolkata, India

Based on the climate and weather in Kolkata, the best time to go is December. See below for details.

Important essentials for Kolkata, India

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Kolkata, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there.

COVID-19 ESSENTIALS FOR 2022


  • Travel disinfecting wipes

    Use these to sanitize plane and hotel surfaces.


  • Hand sanitizer

    This hand sanitizer is a good plane-friendly product.


  • Travel insurance

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  • A vaccine card protector

    Vaccine cards often become worn. An unreadable vaccination card can cause severe consequences. This vaccine card protector helps stop that.


  • Kids' KN95 masks

    N95 masks are not available for kids. These are a good alternative (and can also be used by adults if N95 masks are not available).


  • N95 masks to use in crowded airports

    These N95 masks provide the best level of COVID protection possible.

General health necessities

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What to wear/what to pack for Kolkata, India by month

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January

If you go to Kolkata in January, you will notice that it is a perfect temperature and very dry with almost no rain. Daytime temperatures are in the high 70s F (mid 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

If you go to the Jawahar Shishu Bhawan, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

February

If you visit Kolkata during February, you will probably find that it is hot and very dry with almost no rain. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 80s F (high 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 60s F (high 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

If you go to the Jawahar Shishu Bhawan, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

March

If you visit Kolkata during March, you may see that it is really hot and dry with little rain. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 90s F (low 30s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 70s F (low 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

If you go to the Jawahar Shishu Bhawan, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

April

If you visit Kolkata during April, you may see that it is unbearably hot. Temperatures tend to hover around the 90s F (mid 30s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 70s F (mid 20s C). In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain sometimes.

What to wear/what to pack:

If you go to the Jawahar Shishu Bhawan, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

May

May in Kolkata can be sizzling. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the high 80s F (low 30s C) to high 90s F (mid 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

If you go to the Jawahar Shishu Bhawan, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

June

If you go to Kolkata in June, you will notice that it is a scorcher. Expect it to rain regularly. Daytime temperatures are in the low 90s F (mid 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

If you go to the Jawahar Shishu Bhawan, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

July

If you vacation in Kolkata during July, you will probably notice that it is constantly hot. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 80s F (low 30s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 70s F (mid 20s C). In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

If you go to the Jawahar Shishu Bhawan, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

August

August in this region can be sweltering. Temperatures average in the high 80s F (low 30s C) during the day. It rains about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

If you go to the Jawahar Shishu Bhawan, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

September

If you go to Kolkata in September, you will notice that it is extremely hot. Expect it to rain 5-10 days this month. Daytime temperatures are in the high 80s F (low 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

If you go to the Jawahar Shishu Bhawan, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

October

If you visit Kolkata during October, you will probably see that it is consistently hot. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 80s F (low 30s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 70s F (mid 20s C). In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain sometimes.

What to wear/what to pack:

If you go to the Jawahar Shishu Bhawan, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

November

If you are traveling to Kolkata in November, you will notice that it is extremely warm and very dry with almost no rain. Daytime temperatures are in the 80s F (high 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

If you go to the Jawahar Shishu Bhawan, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

December

If you are traveling to Kolkata in December, you will notice that it is warm and very dry with almost no rain. Daytime temperatures are in the high 70s F (mid 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

If you go to the Jawahar Shishu Bhawan, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

Activities for Kolkata, India

Here are some activity recommendations and activity-specific packing tips for Kolkata.

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