Kolkata, or Calcutta as it was formerly called, is the present capital of the eastern state of West Bengal and one of the most densely populated cities in India. Kolkata became a British trading post in the last part of the 17th Century. The city that once served as the showpiece capital of the British power in India is noted for its colonial buildings including the grand Victoria Memorial. Other important sights include the Howrah Bridge, an engineering marvel that links the city and Howrah Station, and the Indian Museum. Gateway to eastern India and home to prominent intellectuals, the city is known for its easy pace and intellectual prowess.
Kolkata is a city of colonial architecture, museums, art galleries, traditional food, temples, music and theatre. It is an amalgamation of traditional and modern. It is famous for its theatre and films. It is the land of Rabindranath Tagore and the sound of Rabindra Sangeet can be heard from every house. It is a shopper's delight for embroidered linen, kantha embroidery, cotton and silk sarees.
The Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport is connected with major cities in India and abroad.
Howrah, Sealdah and Kolkata railway stations are the three major railheads situated in the city. These railway stations are well connected to all the important cities of the country.
Bus services and good motorable highways connect Kolkata to all the major cities in India.
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