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Kolkata, the City of Joy, is the capital of West Bengal. Located on the East bank of the Hooghly River. It was the capital of India during British emperor. Job Charnock, an administrator with the East India Company was traditionally credited as the founder of the city. While the city's name was always pronounced "Kolkata" in the local Bengali language, its official English name was changed from "Calcutta" to "Kolkata" in 2001, reflecting the Bengali pronunciation. 

Kolkata is also the commercial capital of East India. The city of Kolkata has 4.5 million residents, and the metropolitan area, including suburbs, has a population of approximately 15.7 million, making it the third most populous metropolitan area in India and the 13th most populous urban area in the world. The city is also classified as the eighth largest urban agglomeration in the world.

Kolkata has long been known for its literary, artistic and revolutionary heritage. As the former capital of India, Kolkata was the birthplace of modern Indian literary, artistic and scholastic thought. The people of Kolkata tends to have a special appreciation for art and literature; its tradition of welcoming new talent has made it a "city of furious creative energy.


Jorashanko Thakurbari:

The Thakurbari was built in the 18th century by Dwarkanath Tagore, the grandfather of Rabindranath Tagore. This is also the place where Rabindranath was born and passed away. The Thakurbari has mostly been converted into a museum now. The Rabindra Bharati University is also situated inside this complex.

Victoria Memorial:

Built in Italian Renaissance cum Saracenic style, Victoria Memorial was planned by Lord Curzon and opened by the Prince of Wales in 1921,is dedicated to Queen Victoria and houses a fantastic collection of rare memorabilia from Colonial days.

St. Pauls Cathedral:

Built between 1839 and 1847, St Paul's Cathedral is one of India's most important churches. It's east of the Victoria Memorial at the South end of the Maidan. The steeple fell during an earthquake in 1897 and was redesigned and rebuilt.

Marble Palace:...


Walk from Princep ghat to Millenium Park along the river Ganga near Eden Garden. Take boat cruise from Outram Ghat.

Go to Milan mela for famous Kolkata Book Fair.

Go to Academy of Fine Arts if you are interested in Drama show or Art exhibitions.

In winter Kolkata Horticulture society arranges a number of flower show in their ground. 

Roam around through Kolkata Maidan.

Must see Durga puja if you are in Kolkata in October.


Durga Puja: It is a festival honoring the Hindu goddess Durga, celebrated in the month of October. The biggest festival for Hindus in Bengal and Eastern India, Kolkata takes on an almost carnival like ambiance.

Kali Puja (Dipavali):

It falls oneday before deawali. The puja bigins in the evening and continue till late night. Huge fireworks and sound of crackers are assosiated with the festival.

Kolkata Book Fair:

It takes place from the last week of January to the first week of February. This is the largest book fair in Asia and is a major event in the city.


Kolkata is completely accessible by air. The city has International as well as domestic airport .


Kolkata is well linked to other parts of the country by railways.

Kolkata has two rail stations (Sealdah and Kolkata R S) and nearby Howrah Rail station.


The city of joy is well linked with almost all the cities of India by highways and roads. G T road also passes close to the city.

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