Kolkata is the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal and is located on the east bank of the Hooghly river.
Kolkata (also known as Calcutta) flowered as the capital of British India during the nineteenth century, the heyday of the Raj. The streets of Kolkata still bear the Victorian imprint with its streets lined up with Victorian gothic buildings and churches.
Dominated by the Victoria Memorial, the Writers' Building, St. John's Church, these structures of imperial India coexist with the structures where the soul of Calcutta lies, the Kalighat temple, Jorasanko-Rabindranath Tagore's house and Mother Teresa's homes for the destitute run by the missionaries of charity.
- The Victoria Memorial, has a museum documenting the city's history
- Marble Palace – built in 1835 is an exquisite art gallery
- Kumartuli, the "potters" market, where all the idols for religious festivals in the city are made
- Guests may also visit the home, and now University, of the famous Bengali Nobel Laureate, Rabindranath Tagore. One of the leading families of the Bengali Renaissance
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- Best time to travelYear round
- LanguagesIndia has over 22 languages spoken across its 28 States and 7 Union Terroteries. However English and Hindi are its official languages. English is spoken and understood across the country.
- Flying to KolkataThe major gateways into India are New Delhi in the North, Mumbai ( Bombay) in the West, Bangalore and Chennai in the South and Calcutta in the East.
- CurrencyIndian Rupee
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