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Kolkata Tourist Destinations

Kolkota, the capital of West Bengal is also know as the city Joy and city of palaces. It was the capital of British India till 1912 and so has its colonial signature. It was called as Calcutta but it got its oringnal name in 2001.The city is a perfect blend of modern and traditional cultures. Kolkata is located in the banks of Hoogli river and the Howrah bridge on the river make it unique. It the largest city of India has largest population i.e. more that 4,500,000 people. Kolkota has so many adventure and recreational activities, it is a metropolitan city and has so many gardens, amusement parks, palaces, monuments, museums, art galleries, temples, churches, stadiums, sports clubs, restaurants, hotels, pubs, bars, discos and much much more. All the these things makes the city of Joy a perfect holiday destination.

By Air - Kolkata is has both international and domestic airports. It is well connect with frequent flights to all the major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Patna, Varanasi, Lucknow, etc. and International destinations.

By Rail - Kolkata is well connected to the other parts of India by trains.  There are super-fast trains like Rajdhani Express and Shatabdi Express connects it from Delhi and the other express like Bokaro and Rourkela. Coromandel Express and Gitanjali Express connect Kolkata to Chennai and Mumbai respectively. The city has two major railway stations-one at Howrah and the other at Sealdah.

By Road - Kolkata is connected with most of the Indian cities by road. The Esplanade Terminus in the heart of the city is the main bus terminus. A new development is the starting of Dhaka-Kolkata bus service. The buses are colorful, air-conditioned, and comfortable.
Best time to travel Kolkata is between October to March.

The Victoria Memorial - Next to the Maidan, stands the neo-classical attempt at building the Taj, an enormous paean in marble to the Grand Empress - The Victoria Memorial. The failed attempt although, a cross between classical western and Mughal style, yet reveals the global attraction for the monument of love even in those days. It was opened on 1921. There are enormous oil paintings in the Royal Gallery, illustrating episodes from queen Victoria's long, eventful life and reign, an impressive collection of the British colonial period.

The Victoria Memorial
Dalhousie Square - The erstwhile Dalhousie Square with a lake at the centre – is the administrative nerve centre of Kolkata. Writer's Building on the north side of the square dates from 1880 represents Gothic-style architecture and is now the administrative office of the ruling Marxist Government. You can visit the West Bengal tourist office on the eastern side of the square. The General Post Office, with its majestic dome and Corinthian columns is another masterpiece of colonial legacy. It is built on the same site as the original Fort William.
Dalhousie Square
Academy of Fine Arts - The city's cultural attractions begin with the Academy of Fine Arts. Established in 1933, the latest and arguably the greatest works of contemporary artists are exhibited here throughout the year. Other vibrant and cutting edge Group theatres and dance programs happen everyday in a hall inside. Solely dedicated to the greatest cultural son of Bengal, the Rabindra gallery exhibits manuscripts, paintings and personal belongings of Tagore.
Academy of Fine Arts
The Asiatic Society - The society was founded by Sir William Jones in 1784 with Warren Hastings as its first patron.Located at 1, Park Street (in the junction of Park Street and J.L.Nehru Road) it contains a library inside that has approximately 20000 tomes including 8000 rare Sanskrit, Arabic, Persian and Hindi manuscripts. It also houses invaluable archaeological relics, geological and ethnological specimens.
The Asiatic Society
Asutosh Museum of Indian Art - This museum has rare and valuable collections including Bengal patachitra paintings, 'katha shilpo' art etc. Its location within Centenary building of University of Calcutta makes the highest art very accessible to the youth.
Asutosh Museum of Indian Art
Birla Academy of Art and Culture - Patronized by an eminent industrial family of India , it has an excellent collection of paintings and sculptures . Situated at Rabindra Sarobar at south Calcutta, you can also witness regular exhibitions here.
Birla Academy of Art and Culture
Birla Planetarium - One of the largest Planetarium in Asia, it gives a ringside view of the astral play of celestial bodies. The internal diameter of the tomb measures 82 feet and you can recline to get the finest views. Choose from Hindi, English and Bengali shows.
Birla Planetarium

Indian Museum -  which is the largest and the best museum in the country. Established in 1814, commonly known as 'Jadughar’, it is also one of the oldest in Asia. The museum preserves more than 54000 coins which are more than 2400 years old.

Indian Museum
Kolkota has so many options for restaurants and bars. You can choose the local Bengali restaurant to have the regional cuisine or you can try the a wide of Indian and international chain of restaurants. All the luxury hotels has their own special restaurants.
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