About Kolkata

Kolkata is the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal. It is located in the eastern part of India on the east bank of the river Hooghly. The city has a population of about 15 million and it is the fourth largest city in India. Home to five Nobel laureates: Ronald Ross, Sir C.V. Raman, Rabindranath Tagore, Mother Teresa and Amartya Sen, Kolkata has been the intellectual and cultural nerve centre of the country, where many modern movements in art, cinema and theatre, science and industry began. India’s quest for freedom began in this city.
Kolkata’s recorded history goes back to 1690, when Job Charnock, an official of the British East India Company founded the city of “Calcutta”. Initially, the city was based more or less around the Fort William area and since then expanded phenomenally in all directions. Kolkata is a city of landmarks for tourists. The Howrah Bridge, a 2,150 feet long engineering marvel was constructed in 1942. Some of India’s beautiful heritage buildings and colonial architecture are to be seen in Calcutta. Kolkata has many buildings adorned with Gothic, Baroque, Roman, Oriental and Indo-Islamic (including Mughal) motifs. Established in 1814, the Indian Museum is the oldest museum in Asia and houses vast collection of Indian natural history and Indian art. The Victoria Memorial, one of the major tourist attractions in Kolkata, has a museum documenting the city’s history. The National Library of India is India’s leading public library. The Ochterloney Monument (nowadays known as the Shahid Minar) is also a prominent landmark.
The city is also renowned for its gastronomic delights. One can experience quintessential Bengali cuisines at the following restaurants, 13 Parbon, Oh! Calcutta, 6 Ballygunge Place, Kewpie’s, Aaheli-Peerless Inn. For multi-cuisine options, one could sample some of the treats at Mainland China, Marco Polo, Silver Oak, Peerless Inn, Peter Cat, Moulin Rouge, Eden Pavilion-ITC Sonar, Grain of Salt, La Terrasse at Oberoi Grand, Sourav’s- The Food Pavilion, The  Waterside Café-Hyatt and Aqua at The Park.  For shopping, New Market in the city’s business hub promises a unique experience, while others in the likes of Gariahat market and Air-conditioned market provide a peek into the traditional shopping districts of Kolkata. Several large supermarkets like South City Mall, Mani Square, City Centre I & II and Shoppers’ Stop provide excellent brand hunting opportunities.

The winter months of December and January are the best months to visit Kolkata. The weather is pleasurable with temperatures around 20 C. Early mornings are foggy and ideal for leisurely walks.