College Street (Boi Para), Kolkata (Calcutta)

Bookstores of all sizes flank College Street (Boi Para), offering good reads in many languages and across a range of genres. You can find rare and out-of-print books here at lower prices than almost anywhere else in the country. The street is also home to an iconic coffee house, which has served as a hub for some of India's brightest intellectuals for many decades. Add College Street (Boi Para) to your Kolkata (Calcutta) travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Kolkata (Calcutta) day trip app .
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  • It is very dense place with lots of people and having lots of fun and the food was good and I am very happy to visit again  more »
  • Small book stalls everywhere you look! I saw books in a variety of languages covering an amazing variety of subjects from early learning for children right though to economics, politics, medicine, lan...  more »
  • biggest market of 2nd hand books is at college street saying is if you don't find a book in college street it probebaly does not exist It stretches (approximately) from Ganesh Chandra Avenue Crossing ...  more »
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  • College Street has been the hub of enlightenment since the days of Bengal Renaissance, coinciding with the intents of British to spread modern English education. Some book stores here have been instrumental in this transformation, by aiding book lovers to enable their hands on many types of books and novels. The Boi Para, or the book market here, is much better than the typical book fairs organized periodically in many parts of the country, not only in terms of pricing (you can negotiate a discount of 20% here, as opposed to flat 10% in fairs), but also less crowded. Used book stores here stock the rare editions.
  • Most of the 'used' book sellers are cheater. Only a few good one are there. Don't buy any old or new book from the Presidency side, particularly starting from MG Road side. They even can take money forcefully. >They sold photo copy with new cover >Will repeatedly ask you about the price of new book >Most of cases they don't have the book, they will collect it from different store to earn commission. >They sell very old edition but changing the first two three pages to get more value. > Never trust any seller, whenever you trust they will increase the price or will give you older book. > Original price always deleted, so check it.
  • It is famous for new as well as old books in Bengali , hindi , English and many other languages . One can get rare old books in the book shop on both sides of the footpath starting from Kolkata University upto College Street crossing . Several Publishers are having their offices here . Besides books it is the cultural hub of this thriving city .
  • College Street of kolkata is by far, the biggest collection of book shops I have seen ever in a street. There are no other shops apart from book shops for the 2 km or so length on this street. Well, a few colleges including the prestigious presidency college and schools too. Also , this street has a branch of Indian coffee house which was/is a hangout place of intellectuals. There is tram service in this road. I decided to buy some old comic books from here. Found some old editions of Phantom comics . Also bought some rare editions of Amar Chitra Katha.
  • It is the 2nd largest new book market in the world and the largest 2nd-hand book market in the world. It is located in the Central Kolkata.

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