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Situated on the banks of the glistening Hooghly river, the city of Kolkata, formerly known as Calcutta is a delightful place to explore the exquisiteness of Indian culture.

We can figure out the popularity of this quaint city by knowing that it is also known as the city of joy, where you get to experience the old colonial-era charm with the emerging hipster culture. Also, Kolkata is regarded as India’s intellectual, artistic and culturally spirited place to visit. The city has a lively nightlife, park street houses, a number of pubs and bars where you can party the night away. 

It is also home to many great world leaders like Sri Paramhansa Yogananda and Rabindranath Tagore. His home has now been transformed into a museum where tourists visit to know more about this great soul.

The best time to visit in Kolkata is between the months of October and February. The weather is quite pleasant and there are various events and festivals celebrated during that time that are treat to the eyes of the tourists.

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History of Kolkata

Kolkata which went by the name of Calcutta in the past was also the capital of British India. From the beginning, it was developed by the East India Company, following which the British Empire took the reins of Kolkata in their hands.

It was the capital of India until 1911, after which, the capital of the country was shifted to Delhi. However, in spite of that Kolkata grew at a very rapid pace and became one of the most prominent metro cities of India.

Major Attractions in and Around Kolkata

1. Belur Math. It is a pilgrimage site in Kolkata which is known for its serenity and positivity that is felt by people in the ambience of the place. People irrespective of their religion and beliefs visit here to seek blessings. 

2. Victoria Memorial. It is a symbol of British Raj in the country and was made in the memory of Queen Victoria. It is a monument made with white marble and doesn’t fail to mesmerize people by its charm and beauty. 

3. Indian Museum. It is known to be the ninth oldest museums in the world and is apparently the largest museum in India. This makes it worth seeing and exploring. Here the tourists would be finding a lot of historical artefacts which is sure to make you curious. 

4. Howrah Bridge. It is one of the most popular places to visit in Kolkata and one of the biggest steel structures in India. It is also one of the longest cantilever bridges in the world.

Source: Mark Wiens

How to Reach Kolkata

Kolkata which is known by many names such as the city of joy, city of palaces, and the city of processions is definitely a great place to witness the exotic Indian culture in its full bloom. It is situated at an approximate distance of 1,532, 2,177, and 1,428 km from Delhi, Bengaluru and Mumbai respectively. Here is how you can travel to Kolkata via the below-mentioned transport facilities.

By Air. Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport permits the connectivity to the city along with some other countries of Europe. This domestic terminal is well-connected to the city and major towns. Prepaid taxis can be hired from the airport to the Kolkata city.

By Train. Howrah and Sealdah are the two railway stations that connect well with other big stations and a gateway to Northeastern India. Once you deboard, you will need to cover the remaining distance by some means of public transportation. 

By Road. Kolkata has fairly well-connected roadways. You can plan on booking an interstate or private bus, hire a cab or you can ride here via your own car or bike as well if it suits you.

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