Indias second largest cosmopolitan city Kolkata is one of the busiest destinations that blends the beauty of innovation and technology. With the perfect intermix of palaces and historical monuments, Kolkata has a pet name called City of Palaces. Kolkata is a pulsating city, which possesses a well-defined flavour with enormous scope in industry, economy, culture, education, and especially tourism. The city draws the attention of people all around the world because of its gloriousness and magnificence owing to the numerous heritage structures and colonial buildings.
Kolkata is an ancient city mired in history which has completed three hundred years of its establishment. It was part of the capital of British India before it was shifted to Delhi. Kolkata is a city which has adopted to the modern trends and techniques of the world but has not shed the leisurely life style and the calm which it has acummulated since ages. Kolkata has the countrys first Metro railway and also retains some of the buildings which are more than a hundred years old. It is a city of enduring charm.
It was in 1696 that the establishment of Fort Williams marked the birth of a new city, Calcutta. It derived its name from Kalighatt, one of the villages which was incorporated in the new settlement of Britishers. Kolkata has since developed from a fishermens village to become one of the largest and most densely populated cities in the world. Being the capital of the British till 1912, the architecture here is a medley of occidental and oriental styles. Today the city symbolises creativity and vibrance throbbing with all modern amenities.
The city has strong cultural, literary and religious flavours. Here is the home of many of the country’s leaders. Activities in the field of fine arts, music, dance, theatre and writing make the city a happening place. The serenity of the Hooghly river combined with the hustle and bustle of the commercial streets make Kolkata a city worth visiting. The city of Kolkata acts as the gate way to the North East.