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Kolkata India Travel Guide

Kolkata is largest metropolitan city of Eastern part of India and capital of state West Bengal. Till 1911 it was the capital and commercial hub of India. Kolkata is a congregation of various cultures. Popularly known as the city of joy, it indeed brews up bliss, ecstasy and joy at every corner. Mouth watering delicacies, vibrant festivals, colourful fairs, gorgeous and ethnic dresses, unsurpassed culture, art, literary forms, religious spots, rich history, traditional ornaments, bustling cities, age-old tram and metro services, tortuous lanes, grey shaded and trendy food joints, flea markets, adda and para culture, rich cultural and art forms, all are contributing factors that the city a lovely and lively place to visit and reside.

Bengali is the languages spoken in the state west Bengal and suburbs of Kolkata but in the city you will find languages spoken are Urdu, Hindi and English. Coming to festivals, you would be fortunate if you happen to be in Kolkata in any of its most-celebrated festivals. Especially, Durga Puja is celebrated with much fun and frolic. People of all religion take to streets to catch glimpses of artistic idols and pandals. Also, saraswati puja, kali puja, dolyatra and holi, are celebrated with great pomp and gaiety along with bustling fairs.

The city stays at the peak of culture with award-winning and most talented personalities in the field of entertainment, cinema and literature like Satyajit Ray, Ritwik Ghatak, Tapan Sinha, Mrinal Sen, Saratchandra Chattopadhyay, and many other notable personalities in this field. The dance, art, handicrafts, textile, music, jatra or drama, magic, etc., have been the pride of this city. The city has produced some of the most eminent people who have taken some of the leading positions in the world. Be it education, culture, art, sports, literary, economics, cinema, Kolkata stands unmatched in any of these spheres. Rabindra Nath Tagore, Kazi Nazrul Islam, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, Swami Vivekanada, Raja Rammohan Roy, Satyajit Ray, Sourav Ganguly, Amatya Sen, etc., are some of the most distinguished people of this land.

Kolkata is one of city that has direct train for almost all major cities of India and also has direct train to Dhaka Bangladesh. Kolkata has bus services to neighboring states of West Bengal as well as to Dhaka Bangladesh. To Travel within the city you can choose Taxi, Metro Railways (Under Ground Railways), Tram, Bus, Train, Auto Rickshaw, Hand pulled Rickshaw and Cycle Rickshaw.

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