Formerly known as Calcutta, Kolkata is rated as one of the top tourist destinations to visit in India. It is the second largest city in India and renowned as the capital of West Bengal. The city is honored with numerous names such as the Cultural Capital of India, the City of processions and the City of Joy. Settled on the banks of River Hoogly, Kolkata boasts of several grand bungalows inspired by the tastes of English Babu (Britishers), heritage structures, Museums (Indian Museum- houses an enchanting collection of anthropological, zoological, industrial and geological wealth and heritage of India), City Parks, Educational Institutes of academic and historical interests, British administrative offices and the other prominent landmarks.
Other than just strolling around the ‘city of Joy’, you can also buy some gorgeous handicrafts, wonderful Bankura horses, sarees made of unique fabrics and pure leather stuff. Most important, do not miss the mouth-watering Rasgollas of Kolkata; the pride of Kolkata. Being the birth place of great poet Rabindranath Tagore and brilliant film maker Satyajit Ray, Kolkata is also reputed as the intellectual city of India. Thereafter, you can make your visit more enthralling by indulging in boat cruise and walk along the pristine river. Read all you wish to know about Kolkata in our Kolkata Travel Guide