Kolkata: City of Joy

Kolkata (also known as Calcutta, the official name until 2001), the "City of Joy" as it is called, is the capital of the Indian state West Bengal. Being located on the bank of the river Hoogly, it mirrors warmth, culture, creativity, intellectualism and artistic development. The city is widely regarded as the "intellectual and cultural capital" of India being the birth or working place of most of the Nobel laureates in India - Rabindranath Tagore, Ronald Ross, C. V. Raman, Mother Teresa and Amartya Sen. It is also the home or workplace of many other eminent scientists such as S.N. Bose (Bose-Einstein Statistics) J.C. Bose (Microwave communications) and M.N. Saha (Saha Equation). It is also the home and resting place of many other world famous personalities like Oscar receipent Satyajit Ray, the great spiritual leader Swami Vivekananda and sitar mastesro Pandit Ravi Shankar.

Kolkata was the capital of British India, till the year of 1912. It has been the pioneering city in Indian renaissance. It has been a kaleidoscope of contrasting ideas, life and culture, which would be rarely found in the world. Kolkata has a unique culture, where both the old and new, the orient and the occident co-exist. No matter where you are from, you will feel at home in the cordial atmosphere of this city, Kolkata. Furthermore, this 300 years old historical city is home to numerous palaces, monuments, and temples bearing architectural and historical significance.

The state West Bengal has also its own beauty. It has the pride of having touch of the mighty Himalayas in the North and the Bay of Bengal in the South. It has the honor of having Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the world in the north and the largest delta, the Sunderbans Delta, in the south. Stretching from the tea-draped Himalayan foothills to the sultry mangroves of the Sundarbans, West Bengal has the diverse and spectacular landscapes to captivate your souls. Tea gardens in Darjeeling, Bishnupur's ornate terracota-tiled Hindu temples, the striped Royal Bengal tigers in the Sundarbans, sea-waves in Digha - West Bengal offers a remarkable range of dstinations and diverse experiences within a single state. The magnificent heritage architectures, colourful festivals, beautiful arts and crafts, traditional and contemporary music, theatre and films and delicious ethnic specialities have woven here a new world where prevails an amusing culture.

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