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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  • students heaven it will be. you can get any book from the place. & most important attraction is that coffee-house is just middle of that place.  more »
  • The chaos of Indian roads blends perfectly with the eagerness to learn as College Street is THE place to be for all kinds of books. While it predominantly serves as a house of educational material, on...  more »
  • Utterly fascinating area with THOUSNDS of book stalls and several universities to stroll around. This is just one of those amazing experiences you just have to have, no kidding. We did NOT get to the ...  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.
  • 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.
  • The College Street is most famous for its small and big bookstores, which gives it the nickname Boi Para (Colony of Books). One of my favourite place in Kolkata.
  • Perhaps it's the Asia's biggest book market where you can find all types of books. Here you can find Dasgupta & Company, one of the oldest book stores in India since 1880’s. Book sellers are so knowledgeable and they help you to find the books.

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