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Kolkata,the capital of the East Indian state of West Bengal is seen as the land of the intellectuals. It is also famous as the Land of Mother Teresa and Rabindra Nath Tagore. Communist in ideology and very politically aware, Kolkata was the capital of British India before Delhi assumed this position.

Kolkata developed from a fishermens' village to become one of the largest cities in the world. The city symbolises creativity and vibrance with all the modern amenities available. Kolkata has adapted to the modern trends and techniques of the world but has not shed the leisurely life style and the calm of its hey days.

Kolkatta has the country's first Metro railway and some of its buildings are more than a hundred years old. While Kolkata is a city of enduring charm, it is also a city that evokes extreme emotions. So be ready to give in to it or hate it completely.

A city with strong cultural, literary and religious flavours, Kolkata acts as the gateway to the North-Eastern India.

Lets Explore The City – Sightseeing in Kolkata;
Howrah Bridge - Howrah Bridge is a landmark of Kolkata. It is excellent example of engineering techniques of the early 20th century. The whole bridge is 450 m long without any pylon in the river. The bridge also has the distinction of being the busiest cantilever bridge in the world catering to around 100,000 vehicles and innumerable pedestrians daily.

Belur Math - The headquarters of Ramakrishna Mission is another tourist attraction of Calcutta. The place was founded in 1899 and houses a structure that was designed to be a church, temple, and mosque all in one.

Eden Gardens - Named after the sister of Alexander, the Eden Gardens used to be covered by verdant trees and gardens. A major part of the garden gave way to the construction of one of the largest and beautiful stadiums of India- the Eden Gardens Cricket Stadium. The Eden Gardens is famous for being the largest Cricket Stadium in India, and the second largest in the World.

Indian Museum - The oldest museum in India and one of the most comprehensive museums in Asia; the archaeology and numismatic sections contain the most valuable collections.

Victoria Memorial - It is a huge white-marble structure and the most enduring of remains of the British Raj in India. It was built as a memorial to Queen Victoria, the Queen of England, and the Empress of India during the British Raj. The structure, which is now floodlit in the night, is a fascinating site, and has been converted to a museum that houses the most impressive collection of memorabilia's from the days of Raj. It also has a major collection of paintings, sculptures and manuscripts from the British period.

There are several places of interest around Kolkata. These places near by make excellent weekend trip and excursion options. The most popular place to visit around Calcutta is Shanti Niketan. Situated 136 km northwest of the city, this is the place where Rabindranath Tagore lived and established a university.

Fairs-Festivals in Kolkata :
Durga Puja : To know and understand Kolkata in its entireity, one must experience the city during Durga Puja time. Every year, Kolkata forgets its worries and yields to a paroxysm of celebration and worship. This special time of the year comes just before the full moon in late September or October. This is a special occasion because of the transcendent place Goddess Durga holds in the Bengali imagination. For four days, Kolkata comes to a standstill as almost everyone in the city throngs its streets, visiting the pandals dressed in their festive best and fêting their taste buds with food from the stalls that spring up on the roadsides.

Where is Kolkata?
By Air - Kolkata is well connected by air to most major cities in India. Kolkata also serves as a international gateway and a number of international airlines like British Airways, Thai Airways, Singapore Airlines, Malaysian Airlines and Air India operate direct flights to and fro Kolkata.

By Rail - Kolkata is the most important city in Eastern India on the Indian Railways map and is connected by Super fast trains to almost all parts of North, East and Southern India. The city has two major railway stations-one at Howrah and the other at Sealdah.

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