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Kolkata Tourism

On traveling to Kolkata, one would encounter a city with a curious mixture of colonial past, contemporary cultural vibrancy and political expression. According to legend, when Siva's wife's corpse was cut up, one of her fingers fell at the site of what is now the Kali Temple at Kalighat. It is the name of this temple that the Britishers gave the place and Calcutta is nothing but the anglicized form of Kalikata.

West Bengal is one of the first destinations in a tourist's itinerary visiting the eastern part of the country. One will find many tourist attractions in Kolkata with a medley of occidental and oriental architecture and style.The Victoria Memorial, built in memory of Queen Victoria of England is one of India's most beautiful monuments, representing a unique combination of classical European architecture and Mughal motifs. Howrah Bridge is another landmark that denotes the city of Kolkata.This hanging bridge is an engineering marvel. It is the third largest bridge in the world and has around 2 million people crossing over it daily. Shantiniketan, Tagore's university township is a must see place for anyone visiting Kolkata.Besides the other festivals of the Hindu solar calendar, Durga Puja is the one that gains ultimate importance and attention in West Bengal and is a joyous time to visit this city. Excursions from Kolkata can take one to the Sunder bans is the largest estuarine delta in the world and the biggest colony of the Royal Bengal Tigers.

How to Reach Kolkata

Kolkata (formerly called Calcutta) is the capital of West Bengal. As of 2011, the city is the third most populated metropolitan area in India. The city is Kolkata is easy to reach by air, rail or road. The city is a charming city with a 300-year-old heritage and vibrant cultural background.

By Air

The airport in Kolkata was originally known as Dum Dum Airport before being renamed as Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport. It is located around 17 km from the city centre.

Flights to Kolkata

Most of the domestic airlines have direct services to and from Kolkata to other important cities of India such as Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Patna, Varanasi, Lucknow, etc. Kolkata also provides international flights to most of the countries in Southeast Asia. Find Flights to Kolkata

By Train

Kolkata is well linked with the rest of India by the widespread network of Indian railways. The city has two major railway stations-one at Howrah and the other one at Sealdah.

Trains to Kolkata

Trains from other parts of the country are easily available for Kolkata. Super-fast trains such as Rajdhani Express and Shatabdi Express connect the city to major cities and states in India. The Kolkata Circular Rail encircles the entire city and currently its route is being extended. Find Trains to Klokata

By Road

Kolkata is connected with most of the Indian cities by road. The National Highway number 2 and 6 connect the city with other cities and states in India. Kolkata has a broad network of government and private buses.

The Calcutta State Transport Corporation (CSTC), Calcutta Tramways Company (CTC) and West Bengal Surface Transport Corporation (WBSTC) run regulars bus service in the city. The Esplanade Terminus in the heart of the city is the main bus terminus.

Distance to Kolkata
  • From Jamshedpur - 291 km
  • From Ranchi - 369 km
  • From Cuttack - 430 km
  • From Bhubaneswar - 452 km
  • From Gaya - 477 km
  • From Patna - 581 km

Places to Visit in Kolkata

Shopping in Kolkata

Kolkata can be described as a 'shopping paradise' for those who want the value for their money. There are many markets spread all over the city. From 'cucumbers' to 'cargos' and from 'shoe-strings to 'sarees' everything is available under one roof at this century-old market.

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