Most international airlines have direct flights to India from Europe and Asia. From the US, most international airlines fly to India with a single stop-over, either in Europe or in the Far East.
Kolkata is directly served by many international airlines such as Singapore Airlines,
Thai Airways, Emirates, Air India, and Jet Airways. One can also take an international flight to Delhi/Mumbai/Chennai/Bangalore/Hyderabad and then fly to Kolkata on a domestic flight. Kolkata is very well connected to all major cities in India through daily
flights by Indian Airlines, Jet Airways, Kingfisher Airlines, Spicejet Airlines, Indigo Airlines etc. The detailed schedule and fare may be checked in the website of the corresponding airlines.
Kolkata is also connected to most cities in India through an extensive train network. For detailed schedule,
fare, and availability information, please visit
You may book your railway ticket from http://www.irctc.co.in.
Flights to India tend to fill up well ahead of the December holiday season. We recommend that you make your flight reservations well in advance, to be on the safe side.
We recommend that you avoid flights into/via New Delhi if you are on a tight schedule -- winter fog in December/January often delays flights at New Delhi airport. Some Mumbai-bound flights stop over in New Delhi -- please check with your travel agent.
If you are planning to travel around India after/before the conference, check with your travel agent for attractive local air travel offers that are usually available with your international travel ticket.
Taxis and rental cars are available for transport within the city. There is also an extensive network of city bus services.
All non-Indian-citizens are required to have an Indian visa to enter the country. Allow yourself sufficient time to procure an appropriate visa from your nearest Indian mission. There are a large number of Indian missions abroad (http://goidirectory.nic.in/missions.htm). Indian consulates in the continental US (http://www.indianembassy.org/embassy/cgi.htm) are located in Washington D.C., New York, Chicago, Houston, and San Francisco. Please visit this site for more information. You may obtain visa from concerned Indian mission abroad on production of an invitation letter.
Please note that “Letters of Invitation” will be issued to:
Tutorial and keynote speakers
Executive committee members
Conference participants who pay their registration fee
To receive a letter of invitation, please send mail to firstname.lastname@example.org