Welcome to Kolkata

About Kolkata

Kolkata is a capital of the Indian state of West Bengal Located at East bank of Hooghly River, while the port of Kolkata is India’s oldest operating port and its sole riverine part. The third-most populous metropolitan area in India. It is the principal commercial, cultural, and educational centre of East India.

History

Gobindapur (Bengali) was one of the three villages which were merged to form the city of Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) in India. The other two villages were Kalikata and Sutanuti. Job Charnock, an administrator with the British East India Company is traditionally credited with the honour of founding the city. Rabindra Setu (Howrah Bridge): The Howrah Bridge is a suspension type balanced cantilever bridge commissioned in 1943 and is a famous symbol of Kolkata and West Bengal.

How to Reach Kolkata

By Road

Kolkata is connected with most of the Indian cities by road. The National Highway number 2 and 6 connect the city with other cities and states in India. Kolkata has a broad network of government and private buses. The Calcutta State Transport Corporation (CSTC), Calcutta Tramways Company (CTC) and West Bengal Surface Transport Corporation (WBSTC) run regulars bus service in the city. The Esplanade Terminus in the heart of the city is the main bus terminus.

By Train

Kolkata has an efficient network of railways and is well linked to cities across the country. Superfast trains such as Rajdhani Express and Shatabdi Express connect Kolkata from Delhi and nearby places. There are two major railway stations in the city – one is located in Howrah and the other at Sealdah.

By Air

Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport is situated at Dumdum, which is about 17 kilometres away from the heart of the city. This airport has good connectivity across major cities in India and abroad. From the airport you can take a taxi or a bus to your final destination. Volvo buses ply on multiple routes so just confirm at the airport the bus you should be taking for your address.

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