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About KolkataKolkata is the capital of West Bengal, a state of India. The name Kolkata has been derived from Kalikata, the name of one of the three villages in the area. Kalikata is the anglicized version of Kalikshetra, which means 'Land of Goddess Kali'.The city is known by several names as the "Cultural Capital of India", "The City of Processions", "City of Palaces" and the "City of Joy". The city at present is the main business, commercial and financial hub of eastern and the northeastern states of India.
Where is it: Kolkata lying on the east bank of River Hooghly, is situated in the Ganges Delta with an elevation ranging from 1.5 to 9m. With a total area of 1,880 sq km, Kolkata the state capital of West Bengal is the second largest city by area in India.
How to Commute: Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport at Dum Dum is the main airport in the Kolkata serving as the main entry to the city. Kolkata Port Trust that handles the Kolkata docks and Haldia docks manages all commercial trade of the city. Kolkata sub urban railway, Kolkata Metro, the oldest underground system in India, trams and buses include the public transport system of the city. The ferry system connects the city with its twin city of Howrah. Rikshaws, taxis and cycles, which are abundant in the city helps carry passengers from one place to another inside the city.
What to See: Known as the 'City of Palaces', Kolkata has numerous palaces adorned with Gothic, Roman, Mughal decorations.
The heritage structures in the city are well maintained. The various museums in the city display the cultural and historical artifacts of ancient Kolkata.
The Indian Museum, which is the oldest museum in the country, is often visited by tourists. The Victoria Memorial is one of the major tourist attractions in Kolkata that features the city's history. The Eden Gardens is a must to visit garden that has plenty of gorgeous flowers. Birla Planetarium, Howrah Bridge, Botanical Garden, Marble Palace and Tagore House are the other fabulous scenes that make the city famous.