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December 21, 2012
Kolkata- The City of Joy...!!
Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal was earlier known as Calcutta and served as the capital of East India Company during the British Raj. It was not without reasons that the British made it their capital; the city does have everything to make it. The culture, language, food, attire, people, literature, art are all distinctive and that indeed makes Kolkata an attractive destination. The city is well known for its Hooghly river, Howrah bridge, delicious sweets, marine delicacies, football and Durga puja. Make yourself comfortable at one of the many hotels in Kolkata and enjoy the city of joy during this year end. All though Durga puja is the best time to see the city in full pomp and glory, the city is also quite inviting during Christmas and New Year.
The city infuses an old world charm with colonial buildings, hand pulled rickshaws and tram services. Victoria memorial, Howrah bridge, 19th century Kalighat temple, Chowringhee area, Brabourne road, Birla planetarium and Botanical gardens are some of the must visit places in Kolkata. There are numerous hotels near Kalighat temple from which you can choose your stay option. A cruise on River Hooghly and a river side walk along the many ghats are very much recommended. Do not miss the opportunity to taste the sweets and fish preparations from the many wonderful hotels in Kolkata that serve them.
Proximity of the city to Sunderbans, the world’s largest mangrove forest makes Kolkata a much sought after base. There are also many beaches to its south like Digha, Bakkhali and Mondarmoni which attracts numerous visitors. For people coming from different parts of the country and travelling to northern destinations of West Bengal like Darjeeling, Siliguri and Kalimpong, Kolkata is definitely the start point. The city is also a gateway to the north eastern states which during recent times have seen an increase in the tourist flow. For budget travelers there are numerous budget hotels in Kolkata that can suit the requirement.
It is time to stroll through the old lanes, gape at the beautiful colonial architectures, wait for the tram to pass by, relish the delicacies and welcome 2013 languorously in the city of joy.