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Till the 17th century, Kolkata was nothing more than a village. But, today it is regarded as one of the major metropolitan cities of India at par with Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai. The credit for its present status may be owed to the rapid expansion plans of the European powers, especially during the British Raj.

Once upon a time Kolkata was the capital city of British India and also the Gateway to India till 1912. Kolkata is well known across for being a talent hub. The people of Kolkata are highly passionate about arts and sports, especially music, dance, football and cricket. Also known as the city of joy, Kolkata and its people are always full of enthusiasm and excitement. Discussions take place on a wide variety of subjects ranging from politics, sports, religion, news, books, art, films, music, food etc. The discussions are healthy and never end with arguments or an ugly note. Tourism in Kolkata, India is gaining a lot of momentum. People come from different parts of the world to explore this fabulous city containing magnificent edifices, constructed in a variety of styles. The best time to travel to Calcutta is between October and March.

Tourism in Kolkata is on its boom these days. There are lots of places to see in Kolkata. In this section, we will provide you with Calcutta tourist attractions guide. There is a plethora of sightseeing places in Kolkata , namely Fort William, Victoria, Memorial, Eden Gardens (Stadium), Birla Planetarium, Howrah Bridge, Marble Palace, Writer's Building, Nicco Park, Saheed Minar, National Library. Kolkata is also well known for some renowned Art Galleries which are the Academy of Fine Arts, Asutosh Museum of Indian Art, Birla Academy of Art & Culture, Centre of International Modern Art.

The major festivals celebrated in Kolkata are Bhai Phota, Dol Purnima, Durga Puja, Kali Puja, Laxmi Puja, Nabobarsho, Poila Baisakh, Rathayatra, and Saraswati Puja. Some of the famous religious places that may be visited during a visit here are Belur Math, Saint John's Church, Dakshineshwar Temple, Kalighat Kali Temple, Magen David Synagogue, Nakhoda Mosque, Pareshnath Jain Temple and Saint Paul's Cathedral.

Bengalis are very fond of music. Infact, if you go about visiting houses in the neighborhood, you'll find that there is an aspiring singer in almost every home. Bengalis love to indulge in yummy food. Every meal ends up with some delicious dessert. For people who love eating junk food, Calcutta is just an apt place.

Festivities are an integral part of the city. Calcutta hosts a variety of fairs, film fests, music conferences and folk fairs. It houses the Marwaris, Parsis, Anglo Indians, Jews, Armenians and the joyous people of China town. Each of these communities has their own dedicated haven with the authentic touch and flavor intact.

Kolkata owns several markets, shopping arcades, multiplexes, underground markets and street vendors. You can include in your city tour the Flower Market, Burra Bazaar (business hub of Kolkata), Chitpur Road (wholesale market), Mechua (Fruit market), College Street (Book Market) and later visit to Kamurtuli Village. This unique artisan village dates back to 400 years, making it perhaps the oldest of its kind in the world. Around 250 artists work to produce 40,000 idols a year, including 3500 images of Goddess Durga. The village exports Durga idols to virtually all corners of the world, including UK, USA, Canada, Germany and Switzerland.

There are a number of famous places to see near Kolkata. You have lovely places like Darjeeling and Siliguri which are well known for their scenic charm and tranquil atmosphere. The weather over there is always pleasant and gives an opportunity to people to savor the beauty of nature.

The city of joy is well connected with major cities vide major airlines. Besides, there is a good variety of hotels with tariff to suit all budgets. Not to forget a bevy of eateries to keep your mood ticking with savories never to be forgotten.

Kolkata the enigma awaits you…..