Formerly known as Calcutta, Kolkata is the capital of West Bengal in India and served as the capital of India until 1911. Kolkata has been the leader of Indian renaissance, organizing a mass resistance against the British rule for the first time in India and ironically it was also the first city to have been conquered by the British.
The majority of population in Kolkata is Hindu, with Muslims being in substantial number. The Hindu festival of Durga Puja is celebrated elaborately with extreme devotion and adoration for the Goddess Durga in each and every household of Kolkata. The last day of Durga Puja is the most exciting day of this festival. Tourists from within India and abroad shouldn't miss the celebrations of this delightful festival which occurs in the month of October or November. Flights and railway tickets can be booked to Kolkata at very cheap rates. The city boasts of a large number of resplendent hotels that are engrossed in providing utmost comfort and luxury to the tourists.
The public transport in Kolkata is provided by the Kolkata suburban railway, the Kolkata Metro, trams and buses. Tourists willing to hire cabs will have no problem either. It is a sheer delight to have an extensive tour of this historical city whose architecture is a splendid amalgamation of various ethnic designs. The major architectural successes include the Marble palace and the Victoria Memorial. Kolkata is also famous for its Kalighat painting depicting variety of mythological themes. Kolkata is also the home to the Bengali cinema, which has a distinct and prominent status in India.
The various shopping malls and exclusive designer stores in the city give an ultra modern framework to it. In this wonderful city you'd have a large number of places to visit. You can even go to the historic Shanti Niketan or the nature's hidden reservoir of pleasure- the Sundarbans. With opulence and luxury being offered liberally in all hotels, Kolkata should be your next travel destination.