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Home :: India Destination :: West Bengal :: Calcutta

Victoria MemorialA visit to the city of Kolkata (Formerly Calcutta), capital of the state of West Bengal, can turn out to be one of the richest experiences on earth. English street names, Victorian architecture, English and in the midst of it all the exotic Bengali culture – It's a city that compels. A city with a soul! Kolkata has given birth to some of the world renowned personalities like Rabindranath Tagore and Satyajit Ray. Take a stroll through its streets, visit the art galleries and museums, spend time at a coffee house and enjoy a blend of the classic and the contemporary. But, don't forget to capture the moments in your cameras.

Climate & Best Time
Kolkata experiences a subtropical climate with hot summers and cold winters. During summers, temperature ranges between 41.7 degrees and 38.1 degrees centigrade. Monsoons extend from June till August, with the average rainfall of 158 cm. Winters can record a minimum temperature of 9 degrees centigrade. The ideal time for travellers to make a trip here is between October and March.

Places to Visit
The city of Kolkata offers a variety of experiences for tourists. You will truly be overwhelmed to pay a visit to the city over and again, once you are here and amid it all.

» Victoria Memorial
Erected to commemorate Queen Victoria, the grand edifice showcases a brilliant amalgamation of the European styles of architecture and Mughal motifs. The building also houses a number of historical artifacts belonging to the past.

» Howrah Bridge
You must have seen a glimpse of it in numerous Hindi films. The cantilevered bridge has the eminence of being the third largest in the world. The bridge extends over the Hooghly river and links Howrah with Kolkata.

» Kalighat
Kalighat TempleOne of the most famous in the city, the temple stands in dedication of goddess Kali. You would see swarms of visitors and pilgrims here. The mystical aura that surrounds the place is worth experiencing.

» Birla Planetarium
At first sight, it may seem to you a Buddhist stupa. But, don't be mistaken, it's one of the largest planetariums in Asia. Shows are organised at different hours to acquaint you of the planetary motions.

Stay Options
Kolkata has hotels ranging from the most luxurious to the very economic. Famous five star deluxe hotels include Hotel Taj Bengal, Hotel The Park and Hotel The Oberoi Grand. Hotel Kenilworth and Hotel Peerless Inn fall into the 4 star category. There are numerous other options to choose from.

Getting There
The Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport of Kolkata is 17 km northeast of citycentre. From here, tourists can avail of regular flights to Delhi, Mumbai, Patna, Chennai, Varanasi and Lucknow among others. Howrah and Sealdah are the major railheads in the city. Regular mail and express trains from these stations connect the city with all the key destinations of the country. The Esplanade Terminus has regular buses reaching different parts of the city.

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