Kolkata City DescriptionsKolkata, the capital of the East Indian state of West Bengal is seen as the land of the intellectuals. It is also famous as the Land of Mother Teresa and Rabindra Nath Tagore. Communist in ideology and very politically aware, Kolkata was the capital of British India before Delhi assumed this position.

Kolkata developed from a fishermens' village to become one of the largest cities in the world. The city symbolises creativity and vibrance with all the modern amenities available. Kolkata has adapted to the modern trends and techniques of the world but has not shed the leisurely life style and the calm of its hey days.

Kolkata has the country's first Metro railway and some of its buildings are more than a hundred years old. While Kolkata is a city of enduring charm, it is also a city that evokes extreme emotions. So be ready to give in to it or hate it completely. Places to visit in Kolkata include the Victoria Memorial, the Eden Gardens, the Howrah Bridge and the Raj Bhawan. It is also possible, to take river cruises down the Hoogly river.

A city with strong cultural, literary and religious flavours, Kolkata acts as the gateway to the North-East.

Getting to Kolkata

  • By Air – Kolkata is well connected by air to most major cities in India. Kolkata also serves as a international gateway and a number of international airlines like British Airways, Thai Airways, Singapore Airlines, Malaysian Airlines and Air India operate direct flights to and fro Kolkata.
  • By Rail - Kolkata is the most important city in Eastern India on the Indian Railways map and is connected by Super fast trains to almost all parts of North, East and Southern India. The city has two major railway stations-one at Howrah and the other at Sealdah.

Best Places to Stay in Kolkata

Park, Kolkata Hotels Bookingsmake a booking

Located on Park Street, the shopping and commercial hub of the city of Kolkata, the Park hotel is one of Kolkata's landmarks. International standard facilities and services, recently refurbished rooms and an excellent location combine to make the Park a preferred hotel for tourists to Kolkata.

Taj Bengal, Kolkata Hotels Bookingsmake a booking

Located in the city's greenest precinct, it is within walking distance of the Victoria Memorial, Royal Calcutta Race Course, Horticulture Gardens, National Library and the Zoological Gardens., the Taj Bengal is an oasis of tranquility in the bustling city of Kolkata. Elegant and distinctive, all guestrooms at the Taj Bengal offer excellent amenities and comfort. Rooms and Suites are elegantly furnished, and have all modern amenities including idd phones, wireless internet connectivity, mini bar, personal safe, channel music and colour television with satellite programmes, personalized tea/coffee makers etc.  Leisure facilities here include a swimming pool and a state of the art fitness centre and Spa.

The Oberoi, Kolkata Hotels Bookingsmake a booking

The Oberoi Grand is affectionately known as the 'Grande Dame of Calcutta'. The Oberoi Grand's neo-classical façade and grand pillared entrance mark a successful fusion of classical and traditional Indian style and reflect the city's colonial heritage. Located in Chowringhee, the heart of Calcutta's commercial district and shopping centre, the hotel makes an impressive, luxurious and convenient base for a leisure or business trip. Impeccable Oberoi standard service, fine dining in Indian and Thai speciality restaurants, a world class Banyan Tree spa, state-of-the-art fitness centre and 21st century communications make the Oberoi Grand the number one hotel in Calcutta.

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