Kolkata ...The City of Joy

13th Jul 2017

Kolkata is the capital of West Bengal . If Bangalore is the Seattle of India, then Kolkata is the sub-contintent's London.Kolkata has been nicknamed as the City of Joy. Sprawling gardens and historical colleges. Long known as the cultural capital of India, Kolkata continues to spawn generations of poets, writers, film producers and Nobel Prize winners. If your trip only allows for a visit of one or two of India's metropolitan cities, than definitely consider placing Kolkata on your itinerary. History Kolkata's history is intimately related to the British East India Company, which first arrived in 1690, and to British India, of which Calcutta became the capital of in 1772. Job Charnock was widely known as the founder of Calcutta (Sutanuti, Govindapur & Calcutta) but in recent years a number of Indian historians have disputed this claim, arguing that Calcutta occupies the site of an older Indian city, centered around the ancient Kali temple at Kalighat. This claim has been accepted by the Kolkata High Court. The Court has dismissed the name of Job Charnock as the founder of the city and 24 th August as its date of birth. The historic Judgement was based upon an high level Expert Commitee findings. It has been proved that Kolkata had an highly civilized society for centuries before the Europeans first came here. Places to visit Eden Gardens Akashwani Bhavan Fort William Victoria Memorial Jorasanko Thakur Bari (Tagore Family residence and museum) Howrah Bridge 2nd hooghly bridge Shaheed Minar st paul's cathedral Kali temple of Dakshineswar Birla Industrial & Technological Museum National Library of India The Kalighat Kali Temple Science City Eco Park and More...

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Photo of Kolkata, West Bengal, India by Plaban Bhattacharya