Kolkata, earlier known as Calcutta, is the capital city of the Eastern Indian state of West Bengal. It is located on the eastern bank of the Hooghly river and is one of the primary educational, cultural and commercial centres of East India. Kolkata is also one of the most populous as well as popular metropolitan city of India. Thanks to its easy-going yet effervescent atmosphere, Kolkata holds a unique place in the list of top tourist destinations in India. Its vibrant culture, grand architecture and rich history make Kolkata a one-of-a-kind destination in India.
Kolkata is also, quite aptly, known as the ‘City of Joy.' It is said that Kolkata acquired this moniker after the release of a novel of the same name published by Dominique Lapierre in 1985. Later, the novel was even adapted into a movie by Roland Joffé in 1992. You'd realize why this title suits the city perfectly once you spend some time in this pristine city. While the city remains one of the busiest, it's also one where people love to live their life to the fullest. So while they may be extremely hard during the day time chances are that during late evening or the night-time, you may find them enjoying their daily dose of music, revelling in spending quality time with their friends and family or even discussing their favourite sport.
Kolkata tourism promises a large variety of exciting options for both national and international tourists. Historic sites such as Jorasanko Thakur Bari, Fort William, General Post Office and Swami Vivekanda's Ancestral home among others are sure to bring out the inquisitive history student in you. If you have a spiritual bent of mind, Kolkata tourism promises to leave you feeling spiritually contented. Popular religious sites in the city include Dakshineswar Kali temple, Kalighat Kali temple, Birla temple, Belur Math, Dwadash Shiva temples, Nakhoda Masjid, St. John's Church and Magen David Synagogue among others. A typical Bengali cuisine can further enrich your Kolkata trip by not only curbing your hunger pangs but also satiating your taste buds. It is recommended that depending on your schedule and the range of Kolkata tourism packages at your disposal, you choose the one that lets you explore Kolkata to your heart's content.