Kolkata Book Fair 2017 will start on 25th January, 2017. It is organized every year in Kolkata by Book Sellers and Publishers Guild. Old name of the event was Calcutta Book Fair and officially it was named Antarjatik Kolkata Boimela. It was first organised in 1976, on a very small scale. It was started because there were small number of book shops in the city and the demand of books were high. In the present time, this fair is still continued as a tradition despite a large number of bookstores.
This Book Fair is largest book fair where the event is intended for the general public and not for wholesale business. This event is a non-trade book fair and it is most attended Book fair in the world. Book fair in Kolkata is Asia’s largest book fair. Kolkata Book fair is world’s third largest aggregation of books, first is Frankfurt Book fair and London Book Fair stands at second place. This place is a heaven for every book loving soul. It experiences a footfall of 2 Million, which clearly shows its popularity.
The International Kolkata Book Fair will be organised at Milan Mela, Kolkata. It will be inaugurated on 25th January, 2017. The event will end on 5th February, 2017. Entry to Kolkata Book Fair is free. There are no entry charges for visiting Kolkata Book Fair, another good thing about the fair. The event has duration of 12 days; it was initially one week long. The popularity forced authority to extend the duration of fair to 12 days. Different type of books are present here including comics, science fiction, horror, fantasy, literature, drama, action, adventure, romantic, biography, etc.
Kolkata Book Fair 2017 Ticket
Kolkata Book fair has no entry charges. It is completely free for all the book lovers. Due to free entry, various people visit the fair everyday in its duration of 12 days. It is kept free to ensure that money do not interfere the attendance and popularity of the fair.
Kolkata Book Fair 2017 Layout
The layout shows various halls and gates of book fair, organised at Milan Mela, Kolkata. All the halls are clearly visible in the map. Cafeteria is also available in the ground which is present in food court area. Car parking facility is available right outside the campus. There are different entry gates to the ground; which can be used to enter the venue.
Kolkata Book Fair Timings
The International Kolkata Book fair entry timing is 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM. This timing stays the same throughout the event duration.
Kolkata Book Fair Dates
The book fair dates are 25th January, 2017 to 5th February, 2017. It is a 12 days long festival of books.
How to Reach Kolkata Book Fair
Distance between Kolkata railway station and Milan Mela is around 10 Km. Various city buses can be boarded to reach fair venue. Cabs, auto or city metro can also be used to travel to the venue. Parking facility is present at Milan Mela ground, so cars can be used to reach.
The nearest landmark to Milan Mela is Science city. Public transport could be used to reach Science city and fairground venue is opposite to it. Another landmark is ITC Sonar which is next to book fair. During the duration of the International book fair, special buses service marked with “Boimela” will also be run in the city.
Book Fair 2017 Kolkata information and Facilities
Milan Mela ground is a permanent fairground. It is well maintained and equipped with all basic facilities. The venue is large enough to accommodate huge number of visitors. Water outlets are available free of cost throughout the venue. The drinking water facility is maintained by organizers. Toilet facility is also provided at regular distance. For refreshment and meals, food court is located with wide variety of food items.
Car parking is located adjacent to the venue. Halls are spacious and well designed which allows large number of publishers to install their stalls. Battery operated cars runs inside the fair which can take visitors through the entire ground. Battery vehicles can be booked at the entry gates. This facility is only for the handicapped or the senior citizens. All the book stalls have ramps to facilitate entry and exit. Everyone should visit the Book fair once, it is favourite place of book lovers. More information about the exhibition can be inquired at Entry gates.