By Air: Kolkata has an international airport, Netaji
Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport (airport code CCU), and a few
international flights arrive at Kolkata directly. One can also take a connecting
flight to Kolkata (Calcutta) after arriving at Delhi or Mumbai (Bombay) airport
from abroad. Taxi
services are regularly available at the Kolkata airport and it is about half an
hour's journey to Indian Statistical Institute, situated near Dunlop Bridge (take pre-paid taxi if
possible from the airport itself).
Price: approximately INR 160 (less than USD 3.5).
Time required: about 1/2 an hour (during rush hours).
By Train: Kolkata is well connected by train with all major cities of India. The train stations are in Howrah (on the opposite side of the river Hooghly; about 12 km away), Sealdah (about 6 km away), and Kolkata (about 3 km away).
Location: The ISI campus lies five kilometers North of the Shyambazar five-point crossing. If you are coming from the airport, drive towards Dunlop Bridge (via Nager Bazar and Chiria More). If you are coming from the downtown area or one of the railway stations, you will have to drive past Shyambazar and Chiria More. As you approach Dunlop Bridge, the boundary wall of the ISI campus will be visible on your left. The residential campus is at the Bus Stop called Bon Hooghly and the office campus is at the Bus Stop called ISI or Statistical. The Bus Stop further to the Statistical Bus Stop is Dunlop Bridge, which is an important landmark. Dunlop Bridge is also a useful way of describing the general destination when you are asking for directions.
If you miss the ISI gates and reach the Dunlop Bridge intersection, take a sharp left turn into Gopal Lal Tagore Road. The ISI campus will be on your left. The first entrance on your left leads you straight into the Library Building.
By Taxi: If you are coming from the airport or one of the railway
stations, it is better to hire a taxi from the prepaid taxi booth. The
prepaid taxi fare is marginally higher than normal (approximately Rs. 160 from
the airport, Rs. 160 from Howrah, and Rs. 120 from Sealdah) but it is a surer
and safer mode of transport. While hiring a prepaid taxi, mention Dunlop
Bridge as your destination.
The taxi driver is also supposed to carry a conversion chart with the validation date clearly marked on it.
Buses: There are a large number of buses and minibuses that pass by the Institute campus. Almost any bus that goes to Dunlop Bridge passes by the ISI gates. The buses that pass by the ISI gates are 11, 32A, 34B/1, 78, 78/1, 78/2, 78A, 78B, 78C, 201, 214, 214A, 230, 234, 234/1, DN9, DN9/1, L9A, L11, L20, L20A, M1, M2, M6, S9, S11, S32, GL32, GLS32, and SS4. The minibuses plying from Howrah to Nimta/Belgharia/Rathtala, from BBD Bag to Dunlop Bridge, from Babughat to Sodepur/New Barrackpore and from Metiaburuj to Srirampur go past the ISI gates before reaching Dunlop Bridge. While riding the bus from the city, the major bus stops on your way (from South to North) would be Shyambazar, Chiria More, Sinthi More and Tobin Road. The Bon Hooghly Bus Stop is just North of the Bus Stop at Ananya Cinema. This is where you have to get down in order to enter the residential campus. The next Bus Stop is ISI/Statistical, which is located just outside the entrance of the main office campus at 204, B.T. Road.
Currency: The currency used everywhere in India is Indian Rupees (INR) and can be exchanged with USD or Euro at the Foreign exchange counters at the Airport. A very approximate estimate is 1 USD = 40 INR.
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