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Kolkata - Showcasing East India In All Its Glory

The capital of the Indian state of West Bengal, Kolkata is located on the east bank of the Hooghly river. It is the gateway to the northeast region of India and is also a prime trade, commerce and educational centre of East India. Known all over India for spawning some of the great poets, writers and people in the entertainment business and its history with the East India Company, this vibrant city is also the second largest city next to Mumbai.

Kolkata is starting to establish itself as the economic hub of East India and with the fast changing landscape of the city with buildings - both commercial and private establishments, flyovers, educational and healthcare establishments and hotels in Kolkata. Kolkata plays home to some of the finest and most luxurious hotels in India. With a staggering population of more than 4.5 million citizens, Kolkata is the third most populous metropolitan city in India and also has the oldest operating port and its sole major major riverine port. It has an international airport which makes it possible for many tourists to land in the city directly, thus making it beneficial for the tourism prospects of in neighbouring states as well. The city has a lot to offer to visitors in its rich culture, tradition and cuisine. Kolkata is a different experience. Like the culture difference seen between the south and north Indian, Kolkata has its own which makes it interesting. It has a simple cuisine with fish being the staple and most popular delicacy in the whole of West Bengal. Small hotels all across Kolkata serve maach bhaat which is a popular meal consisting of a full serving of rice with daal (lentils) and deep fried fish. There is also an abundance of street food stalls and street shopping markets. The best time to visit Kolkata is during festive seasons where the streets are decorated and people are in the full spirits of the festival with lights across the whole city streets and buildings and fireworks displays all through the night.

Kolkata has the first underground metro rail line in India. You can also commute by buses, auto rickshaws and the iconic ambassador car taxis in Kolkata, although there is an abundance of new fleet of private taxi services available now. You may choose to stay at a luxurious hotel or just a normal budget friendly hotel. These budget hotels in Kolkata can be found in the Sudder street area where you get a line of hotels to choose from. Kolkata is a beautiful city. The people are kind and hospitable. English is more common here with the locals unlike other parts of the country making your stay a lot easier and hassle free. Visit and experience the rich cultural history and of East India.

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