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The City of Kolkata, India

Towards the east of India lies the capital of West Bengal - Kolkata. Formerly known as Calcutta, Kolkata has an approx population of 11 million. Rightly known as the Intellectual city of India, Kolkata has given birth to some of the most well known and renowned poets, film makers, writers and thinkers including Rabindra Nath Tagore, Satyajit Ray, Bankim Chandra Chatterjee etc. 

The City of Kolkata is home to people from many parts of the country and the world, just as any metropolitan city. It also has a unique mix of the very rich and the very poor. Kolkata is perhaps the only big city of India where you can still see the hand rickshaw still in use as one of the means of transportation. The busy traffic and congested roads of Kolkata are quite well known too! 

Places of interest & sightseeing:

  • Victoria Memorial
  • Belur Math
  • Kalighat
  • Howrah Bridge
  • Dakshineshwar
  • Birla Planetarium
  • Zoological Gardens
  • Botanical Gardens
  • Jain Temple
  • Academy of Fine Arts
  • Royal Calcutta Golf Club
  • Birla Industrial & Technological Museum
  • Eden Gardens etc

Shopping in Kolkata:  Here you will find a mix of Indian and western with some of the biggest shopping malls carrying the most well known labels and crowded street markets to grab good bargains. 

Kolkata is famous for its beautiful range of Sarees - Saris! Shopping for Bengali Saris can be a whole lot of fun thanks to the innumerable choices available here.

Some of the popular markets & Shopping places in Kolkata include -

  • Bara Bazaar
  • Bag Bazaar
  • Shyam Bazaar
  • New Market
  • AC Market
  • Gariahat
  • Shreeram Market
  • Bagri Market
  • Bow Bazaar
  • Lansdowne Market
  • Fancy Market
  • Park Centre
  • Dakshinapan Shopping Complex, etc

Katha work home furnishings, handicraft items of Kolkata are extremely well known.

Food & Culture: The people of Kolkata are known to have very good sweet voices. We wonder if this is due to the marvellous range of Bengali Mithais that they have access to?

The sweets available in Kolkata (Bengali Mithais) are popular all over the country. Some of the most irresistible Bengali sweets include Rasgullas, Sandesh, Cham Cham. Other bengali delicacies include Fish Chop, Fish & Rice, Radha Ballavi, Mughlai Paranthas, & Biryani etc.

Food lovers can have a difficult time deciding what to eat and where to eat. There are a host of Restaurants to choose from including Flurys, Bijoli Grill, Nizams, Cookie Jar etc.

Festivals: Durga Puja is celebrated with a lot of zeal by Bengalis not only in Kolkata but also by those settled elsewhere. Preparations begin many months in advance. The people of Kolkata have a mix of traditional and modern beliefs.

Job Prospects: Many MNC's have their headquarters in Kolkata. This city offers plenty of job opportunities to the qualified and confident.

Weather: Kolkata experiences very hot and humid summers while winters are usually cool.

Languages: Main languages spoken here include Bengali, Hindi and English.

Best time to visit: October - March

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