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This metropolis comprises huge population, crowning itself to be as the third most populous metropolis in the country and takes the 13th position with the urban area population in the world. Also categorized as the eighth largest urban agglomeration in the world, the state capital, Kolkata had been the capital of India, which dates back to the British Period. As per the traditions, the founder of the city is known to be as the then administrator of the East India Company, Job Charnock.

Standing on the banks of the gorgeous Hoogly River, the city of Kolkata boasts of its rich culture, great history and bright future. The state capital of West Bengal was formerly known as Calcutta, the city acts as the cradle of Indian Communist movements. It was in the year 2001 that the city changed its official English name ‘Calcutta’ and replaced it with ‘Kolkata’, which is taken from the Bengali language to erase the legacy of the British Rule.

With its possessions the city is crowned with many sobriquets such as the Cultural Capital of India, the city of Processions and City of Joy. The lively city of Kolkata is aptly titled as the city of festivals. The city has always appreciated the new talents gaining a title of being as the ‘city of furious creative energy’.

The city is also known for its literary, artistic and revolutionary heritage, as it has been the birth place of the modern Indian literature with artistic and scholastic vision. To the external world the city of Kolkata creates reminiscence of Mother Teresa, the great figure who poured her selfless and kindhearted love and services giving new lives to thousands. The state capital has also marked its evidence of great literary works by being the birthplace of some of the illustrious Indians like Rabindranatha Tagore and Sathyajith Ray.

Kolkata travel and tourism is a popular among the Indian and foreign tourists alike and for that the Kolkata tour packages are a perfect way of exploring the splendor of the destination in North-Eastern India.

General facts about Kolkata
Location: North-East India
Altitude: 9 m
Language: Nepali, Bengali and Rangpuri
Climate: Cold and moderate
Major Attractions: The Indian Museum, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Belvedere Estate, Marble Palace
Ideal Time to Visit: March to June

Tourist sightseeing in Kolkata
This rich historical city is dotted with many attractions that interest tourists. Some of them  are The  Victoria Memorials, The Indian Museum, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Belvedere Estate, Marble Palace, National Library of India, Jorasanko Thakur Bari, Writers building, Shaheed Minar and Raj Bhavan.

The city has a striking feature of its beautiful galleys, tram journeys and the old world charm that will leave a charm in your heart for the city. The city has another attraction of being the host of Industrial icons like Bata India, ITC Limited, Coal India Limited and Birla Corporation.

Climate of Kolkata
The climate of the state of Kolkata ranges between tropical savanna in the southern parts and humid sub-tropical in the northern parts of the state. Here in the state summers are quite hot with high humidity in the atmosphere, with its temperature ranging from 38 degree Celsius to 45 degree Celsius.

The nights in the city are experiences comparatively cool with the winds which carry moisture from the Bay of Bengal. During the early summer period, the state is hit by a thunderstorm called as Kalbaisakhi (Norwesters). The monsoons are from June till September. Winters here arrive in the month of October and remains on the scene till February. During this period, the southern part of the state receives heavy snowfall.

How to reach Kokata

Kokata by Air: Kokata has its international airport known as Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport; it also has a domestic airport at Bagdogra, near Siliguri.

Kokata by Rail: Kokata has a well organized network of railway, which connects it to different parts of the country. At the state capital itself there are two major railheads such as Howrah railway station and Sealdah railway station.

Kokata by Road: Kokata has a well planned and extensive road network which links to the different parts within the state. The neighboring state like Bihar, Jharkhand and Orissa can be reached via road. Some neighboring countries such as Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh can also be reached by road from the state of West Bengal.

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