Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) is the capital of West Bengal and one of the largest cities in India. Kolkata is the city of joy and others name it as the city of dreams. Whatever it may be, it is rest assured that this amazing city would fascinate you with its narrow galleys, tram journeys and the old world charm. This vibrant city with lots of temples, zoo, museums and science centers still keeps the melancholy charisma of the innate environs and by lanes.
Durga Puja is the most popular festival of Kolkata.When her invocation begins there is autumn ambience in the air;fields look emerald green, seeds are sowed and every heart is filled with expectation of her joyous home coming. The other religious festivals include Kali Pooja, Diwali, Rathajatra, Holi, Id, Muharram, Christmas and Sraswathi pooja.
Best to Time to visit - Kolkata is a beautiful cultural city which is best visited during the post monsoons and winter months. While summers are hot and comfortable the monsoons are humid. Winter in Kolkata is mild and is a good time for enjoying outdoor travel.
HOW TO REACH
Kolkata can be easily accessed by flights for there are number of domestic airlines that connect Kolkata with other major cities of India like Ahmedabad, Bagdogra, Bangalore, Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Delhi, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Lucknow, Mumbai, and Port Blair. The airport is located in Dumdum.
The city has two major railway stations-one at Howrah and the other one at Sealdah.There are train services to the rest of the country from Kolkata. Super-fast trains such as Rajdhani Express and Shatabdi Express connect the city to Delhi and nearby cities such as Bokaro and Rourkela. Coromandel Express connects Kolkata to the southern regions of the country.
West Bengal state buses connect all parts of the state with Kolkata. Deluxe and A/C luxury buses are available from Kolkata to various cities in the state and neighboring states.