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The capital of West Bengal, Kolkata is one of the important metropolitan cities in India. Located in eastern Indian, Kolkata is fondly known as the "City of Joy". Many prominent names are associated with the city such as Mother Teresa, Rabindranath Tagore, Satyajit Ray and Subhash Chandra Bose to name a few.
Kolkata is located at 22.82 degree North 88. 20 degree East. It is spread on the banks of Hooghly River and has an elevation of 17 feet. The total area of Kolkata is 1480 square kilometers. The Sundarbans delta separates Kolkata from the Bay of Bengal.
The city is divided into various topographical regions and five units namely the west, east, south, north and the central Kolkata. The regions adjoining the city are Hooghly, Howrah, south 24 Parganas, North 24 Parganas and the Nadia.
Visitors need to take a look at the maps to know the exact location of the city and its vast area to reach the destination quickly. Hooghly River flows for around 15 kilometers along the western part of Kolkata. Kolkata is the second largest city in India. It is a cosmopolitan city as over the years people from various cultures, states and religions have made Kolkata their home. Kolkata offers enormous opportunities in various fields like technology, industry, education, tourism, amongst others.
Some famous religious places located in the city are St. Thomas Church, Jain Maniktala, Jain Belgachhiya, Gurudwaras, and many more. There are plenty of hotels all over Kolkata ranging from the budget to the luxury. The Hyatt Regency, ITC Sonar, Oberoi Grand, The Golden Park, Hindustan international and the Ashoka are a few prominent hotels.
The language spoken here is mostly Bengali; the other languages spoken are Hindi, English and a few others as well. People of all religion reside in Kolkata including Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs and Christians.
The transport system in Kolkata is a mixture of the old and the modern. The city is well connected to the rest of the country as well as the world. It has a good network of roads and national highways, where you see lots of cars, buses, taxis and also auto rickshaws. Kolkata is famous for its tram network. It is also the only city that has trams. Rickshaws pulled by men are also a common sight here. The fares are reasonable and are good for short distance use only.
The Kolkata Metro is a very convenient mode of travel and is used by millions of people to travel from one part of the city to the other. It is trusted by locals as well as the tourists. It is an underground railway network, which is the first one in India. It begins from Dum Dum in the north and continues to go to Park Street and the Esplanade and further onto Tollygunge in the south.
For visitors it is better to carry a map and follow the routes of the metro as it can take you to places like Shyam Bazar, Belgachia, Chandni Chowk, Rabindra Sadan, Netaji Bhavan, Jatin Das Park, central, Girish Park, Mahatam Gandhi road and Shova Bazar.
The Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport is to the north of the city and was earlier known as Dum Dum airport. It is situated around 17 km from the city center. Various flights take off to various cities in India and also to the other parts of the world.
There are innumerable places that are of interest to tourists. The old building structure of the British Raj is still a very admirable work. Visit the salt lake stadium, which is the second largest stadium in the world. The Victoria memorial is a very stunning beauty. The other places are the Marble Palace, Eden Garden cricket Stadium, Esplanade, Park Street, Zoological Garden and Botanical Garden.
Kolkata is home to many reputed schools and colleges. Some schools which have created a reputation in the country are Loreto House, La Martiniere Calcutta, and St. Xavier's Collegiate School. The University of Calcutta holds the distinction of being the first modern university in South Asia. It was established in 1857. Other popular institutions are Bengal Engineering and Science University, Jadavpur University, the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, among others.