About Kolkata :
Dominique Lapierres City of Joy, the city of Kolkata,
formerly known as Calcutta is more than 300 years old. This span has
witnessed its development into one of the worlds most densely peopled
metropolises. And yet, there is something undoubtedly special about
Calcutta. For, it combines the past and the present on a covetous plane. It
amalgamates the traditional and the modern, and brings the intense and the
frivolous together. At one level Calcutta is always in transition, and at
another, it is firmly anchored to a tradition and culture quite uniquely its
Kolkata or Calcutta is the current capital of the state of West Bengal, and
was also the first capital of the British in India. It was established in
1686 when the British shifted their operations to the small villages of
Govindpur, Sutanati, and Kalikata from their trading port of Hooghly. It
flourished and prospered until in 1756 Siraj-Ud-Daula (Nawab of Bengal)
attacked the town and drove the British away. Lord Clive then later regained
control of Kolkata and until 1911, it remained the capital of the British
government in India. Having been the centre of power of the British for so
long has given Calcutta a unique culture and heritage, that is quite unlike
any other city in India.
Calcutta Travel Attractions :
of the important travel sites in Calcutta are listed below.
» The Victoria Memorial -
The Victoria Memorial was
built by Lord Curzon in memory of Queen Victoria and is a fine huge
white-marble structure. It is now a museum that houses the most impressive
collection of memorabilia from the days of the Raj. Victoria memorial is one
of the most important Calcutta travel attractions.
» The Howrah Bridge -
The Howrah Bridge is a 450 m
long bridge without any pylon in the river and has the distinction of being
the busiest bridge in the world catering to around 100,000 vehicles and
innumerable pedestrians. It is an excellent example of engineering
techniques of the early 20th century. One has travel through Howrah bridge
to reach Calcutta from Howrah.
» Eden Garden -
Eden Garden is a small and
pleasantly laid-out garden that was once the gathering place of the social
elite. It today houses the renowned cricket ground by the same name.
» The Kali Mandir -
Also known as Kalighat, the Kali
Mandir is dedicated to Kali, the Goddess of destruction and is a frequented
» Fort William -
Fort William was constructed in
1781 and is still in use. The large patch of green around the fort is known
as the Maidan (ground), or the lung of Kolkata. It stretches for a distance
of 3 km and is 1 km wide.
» Birla Planetarium -
The Birla Planetarium is a
single-storied circular structure that is one of the largest of its kind in
the world. Its central dome is an imitation of the Buddhist stupa at Sanchi.
» Marble Palace -
The Marble Palace exhibits
art forms of Italy, the Netherlands, England and other European nations. The
interiors of the palace-the floors, walls, and tabletops-are all made of
» Indian Museum -
The Indian Museum is the oldest
museum in India, which was built in 1874. The entrance to the museum has an
original Lion Capitol, the national symbol of India and the museum itself is
home to a rare collection of artefacts.
» Dalhousie Square -
Dalhousie Square, which was
renamed Binoy Badal Dinesh Bagh (also BBD Bagh), is the hub of West Bengals
administration and commerce. All important government institutions of the
state are located here.
Excursions in Kolkata :
of the famous excursions sites to travel near Calcutta are :
» Shanti Niketan -
Shanti Niketan, Tagores
university township, is a must on any itinerary that plots Bengal as a
stopover. The hot springs here are famous for curing many chronic diseases.
» Belur Math -
The Belur Math is the headquarters of
Ramakrishna Mission. It is a universal place of pilgrimage, visited by
people belonging to diverse castes and creeds. It is committed to social
service, religious harmony, spiritual attainment and renunciation.
» Dakshineshwar Temple -
The Dakshineshwar Temple is
dedicated to Goddess Kali, and was the dwelling place of Ramakrishna
Paramhansa, the spiritual guru of Swami Vivekananda, most of his life.
» Botanical Gardens -
The main attraction of the
Botanical Gardens, which cover an area of 110 hectares, is a 250-year-old
banyan tree (Ficus bengalhensis), which is 98 feet high and over 1,300 feet
» Bishnupur -
Bishnupurs is renowned for its
crafts such as intricate Balucheri saris, the rare ganijifa (circular Indian
playing card), delicate carving on shells and bell metal artefacts. It has a
rich architecture, music tradition and handicraft legacy of pottery and
weaving. Some unique terracotta temples can be found here.
How to Reach Calcutta :
Kolkata is well connected with direct domestic airlines services to and
from Kolkata to Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Patna, Varanasi, Lucknow, etc. there
are also direct flights to most of the countries in the Southeast Asia. The
airport is situated at Dumdum, about 17 km northeast of the city center.
Trains from the other parts of the country connect Calcutta. The city has
two major railway stations-one at Howrah and the other at Sealdah. Kolkata
is also connected with most of the Indian cities by road.
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Important Calcutta Travel Information :
Kolkata can justly be described as the shopping paradise for those who want
excellent bargains. For, Calcutta is teeming with markets, which might be
crowded and dusty, but have their own history and specialize in exotic and
The Calcutta Book Fair is the largest book fair in Asia and provides ample
opportunities to explore the fascinating world of books. It is held in the
month of January or February every year.
The city has uniform temperature throughout the year due to proximity to
the sea. Temperature range from 12-27°C in the winter and 24-38°C
in the summer. Humidity can be very high during the summers.