Kolkata, the city of Joy has love and affection, dreams and desires, agony and delight, splendor and immorality, bravery and glory in equal measure. It is capital of West Bengal. It is one of the metropolitan cities in India. It is also known as the 'City of Joy' , 'City of Palaces'. The city is remembered as it has the largest bridge in India 'The Howrah Bridge', the first metro train in India and the hometown of Mother Teresa. Amongst the most celebrated festivals in Kolkata are Durga Puja, Saraswati Puja, Kolkata Book Fair (one of the largest in Asia) and Poush Mela.
|Area||165.75 sq. km.|
14°C - 28°C (Winters)
|Language||Rajasthani, Hindi, English|
|Altitude||237 meters above sea level|
Trains from the other parts of the country connect Kolkata.
By ROAD :
Kolkata is connected with most of the Indian cities by road. For local transport, Kolkata Metro is India's first and only underground railway network and a good option to move around the city.
Most of the domestic airlines have direct services to and from Kolkata to other important cities of India such as Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Patna, Varanasi, Lucknow, etc.
Kolkata is shoppers paradise. Bertram Street market offers leather goods, toys, silverware, jewelry, garments, fabric, confectionery, dry fruits, fish, meat, flowers etc. The air-conditioned market at Shakespeare Sarani specializes in clothes, jewelry, electronic household gadgets, watches etc. In North Kolkata, Ultadanga has the Uttarayan which has emporiums from many Indian states. Besides the traditional bazaars Kolkata has several modern shopping complexes as well as other retail complexes worth wandering through.