Kolkata is the administrative center of West Bengal and the country’s largest city, one of the ten largest cities in the world. The Hooghly River divides Calcutta into the western (actually the territory of the city of Howra, Howrah) and the eastern parts (in fact, it is Kolkata).
Road to Kolkata
NetajiSubhas Chandra Bos International Airport (20 kmfrom the center) accepts flights from all over the world. This is not the most attractive Indian airport, which has never been updated since the 1950s (they say this significant event will happen in 2011). As for the terminal receiving domestic flights – everything is the other way around, this is one of the best terminals in India. The easiest way to get to the city is by taxi (200-300 INR). A railway line has recently opened connecting the airport with the Dum Dum station, while quite a few trains run on it.
The main railway station of the city is located west of the river, while the airport and the center of attraction for tourists are to the east. Four important lines converge at Howrah Station: Kolkata – Delhi, Kolkata – Mumbai, Kolkata – Chennai and Kolkata – Guwahati. Another major railway junction where trains from Darjeeling and the entire northeast arrive is Sealdah Station, which is located on the east bank of the river.
You can get from the station to the city center either by the RabindraSetubridge by taxi, or simply by crossing the road and hitting the ferry pier. From where for a penny you can get to the opposite shore to the nearest pier FairlieGhat (FairlieGhat) and BabuGhat (BabuGhat).
What to ride in Kolkata
Kolkata is the only city in India where there is a tram. A large tram station is located on the northern end of Chowringi Road – the main street of the city. Where be you stay at, be it hotels or Service Apartment in Kolkata, tram ride is a must.
The Calcutta metro is unattractive, but convenient on certain stretches of the track. For example, from the Victoria Memorial (RabindraSadan and Maidan Station), to the R. Tagore House Museum (Girish Park Station). Trains depart every 10-15 minutes, fare 4-8 INR.
What to see in Kolkata
In Kolkata is the Memorial Museum. Queen Victoria in the huge Maidan Park, Fort William, the richest Indian Museum, the country’s oldest University of Calcutta, the wonderful Botanical Garden and the “busiest bridge in the world”, the cantilever Howrah Bridge. In the vicinity of the city there are a great many religious centers, including the famous MahabodhiMandir temple, the sacred site of the JapanistsPavapuri, the sacred place of the Hindu Haya and the Sikh temples in Patna. Darjeeling resort area is also popular. You can hire a cab from your Service Apartments Kolkata and roam around the city.