Kolkata is one of the largest cities in India known for its colonial buildings, beautiful gardens, and iconic yellow-coloured taxis. The contribution of scholars and intellects from West Bengal like Rabindranath Tagore and Sathya Jith Ray toward films, books, poetry, art, and architecture make Kolkata, the cultural capital of India.

Kolkata City Guide

The capital city of West Bengal was once the capital of British India from 1772 - 1911 is also one of the major ports in India. The dominant urban destination of North East India is the convergence of transport, manufacture, and commerce. Located on the eastern side of the Hubhli River, the former name of the city is Calcutta (an angelized version of Kalikata). Goddess Kali is the unanimous protector of one of the oldest cities in India. A city of outdated areas and culturally updated population. Revolutionary posters of visionaries, book fairs, and intelligent political ideologies traverse the corridors of Kolkata.

The socioeconomic harmony prevailing in the outskirts of Kolkata include Howrah on the west, South Dum Dum on the North East, Baranagar on the North, Garden Reach on the Southwest, and Behala on the South.

Western influence is painted all over the buildings from Raj Bhavan standing as a replica to Kedleston Hall in Derbyshire of England to the Gothic style architecture of the Writer’s building with statutory on top, the marvels of Kolkata are Mughal and Western architecture imbibed ones.

Places To Visit

Queen Victoria Memorial: Lord Curzon is the mastermind behind the construction of Victoria Memorial to celebrate the 25th year rule of the British Queen in India. A replica of the Victoria Memorial in London. The 65 acres of luscious garden surrounding this premise adds to the beauty of the city of joy in West Bengal. William Emerson is the chief architect of the Victoria Memorial.

Howrah Bridge :Situated on the Hooghly River of West Bengal, it is the prime place of connection between Horah and Kolkata. Also known as Rabindra Sethu, this immaculate steel bridge is regarded as one of the longest cantilever bridges in the world. Named after the famous laureate Rabindranath Tagore, Howrah Bridge’s end has one of India’s oldest railway station, Howrah Junction Railway Station. Howrah Bridge is open to the public since February 1943.

Birla Mandir Kolkata : Dedicated to Hindu deities Lord Krishna and Goddess Radha, Birla Mandir is a blend of modern and traditional architecture. So much of detailing, craftsmanship, and engineering involved as artisans from Muzaffarnagar, Agra, and Mirzapur were involved in this charming temple.

How To Reach :

Airways : The nearest international airport is Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport which is 50 km away from the centre of the city. Railways : There are two main railway station in Kolkata - Howrah and Sealdah