Kolkata (Calcutta), India

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Kolkata (Calcutta) is the capital city of West Bengal state, India. This city is a very important economical, cultural, and educational center of East India. It has the oldest Indian river port.

The population is approximately 4.5 million.

The time zone is UTC+5:30.

The official languages are Bengali and English.

This city is nicknamed 'City of Joy' and 'City of Palaces'. There are multiple castles in Kolkata. It houses tourist attractions like Victoria Memorial Hall, Dakshineswar Kali Temple, South Park Street Cemetery and St.Paul's Cathedral. Around this city there are a lot of historical sight like Sagar Island, Sundarbans Wildlife Sanctuary, Bishnupur with its historical terracotta temples and many other cultural places of interest. This city is considered a cultural heart of India. 

Climate

Kolkata has a tropical wet-and-dry climate. Summers last from March to June. In summer, the weather is hot and humid. Temperature goes up to 40 °C (104 °F). May and June are the hottest months. Winters are only some 2 months long. The lowest temperature is around 10°C (50°F) in December-January. During summer-time heavy rains melten the heat. Being a fast-growing city, Kolkata is strongly polluted.

How to get there

Air

Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport (20km from Kolkata) is a gateway to Kolkata. it connects the city with some Asian and European destinations. There are both international and domestic flights. It is possible to get to the city by taxi or by train.

Train

Kolkata has Howrah and Sealdah train stations. It is comfortable to use The Foreign Ticket Office to buy the tickets. There is a railway connection with most big cities in India.

Bus

There is a bus connection between Kolkata and Bangladesh, Dhaka and Agartala. The main station is Esplanade Bus Station. Boat This is the least crowded, but the slowest way of getting into Kolkata.

 

 

 

Useful links:

Getting around Calcutta

Top Best Things to Do in Calcutta

Outings and Historical Sights Around Calcutta