Kolkata 

Kolkata is the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal. It is also the commercial capital of East India, located on the east bank of the Hooghly River. 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 was the capital of India during British emperor. The city's documented history, however, begins with the arrival of the English East India Company in 1690, when the Company was consolidating its trade business in Bengal. Job Charnock, an administrator with the company was traditionally credited as the founder of the city. In 2003 high court order states that the city should not have a specific founder. 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. Some view this as a move to erase the legacy of British rule.

 
Kolkata Art & Culture

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.
For these reasons, Kolkata has often been dubbed as the Cultural Capital of India or the Literary Capital of India. Cultural extravaganza in Kolkata include :

Para, Adda, and "club" Culture
Literature
Dramas and Theatres
 
Art
Cuisine
Music
Cinema
How to Reach

Kolkata is completely accessible by air. There are a number of domestic airlines that connect Kolkata with other major cities of India. Kolkata is well linked to other parts of the country by railways. The city of joy is well linked with almost all the cities of India by road.                                        

Sites
 

Dalhousie Square

 

College Street

 

Esplanade

 BurraBazar
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Nearby Places
 Sundarbans
 Digha
 Mandarmani
 Chandernagore
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Attractions & Activities
 Art & Culture
 Museums
 Heritage Buildings
 Nightlife
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Science Museums
 

Birla Planetarium

 

Science City

 

Esplanade

  
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Religious Sites
 Dakhineshawar
 St.Paul's Cathedral
 Nakhoda Mosque
 Jain Temple
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Theme/Water Parks
 Nicco Park
 Nalban Boating Complex
 Aquatica
 Wet-O-Wild
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Shopping
 New Market
 Flower market
 City Centre
 Shree Ram Arcade
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Nightlife
 Tantra
 Roxy
 Park Street
 Hindustan Club
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Accomodation
 

Government Lodge - Udayachal Tourist Lodge

 

Numerous Private Star Hotels

 

Private Budget Hotels and Guest houses

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