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Formerly the capital of India at the time of the British Raj, when it was called Calcutta, Kolkata is the capital of the state of West Bengal. It is the third largest metropolitan area in India, and is situated near the Bay of Bengal coastline, close to the border with Bangladesh. This crowded and vibrant city prides itself on being the cultural and intellectual centre of India.


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Wikipedia - Kolkata

St. Paul
St. Paul's Cathedral was built in Calcutta during the British Raj

Kolkata (Bengali: কলকাতা; IPA: [ˈkolkat̪a], formerly called Calcutta), is the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal. Kolkata is the cultural capital of India and the commercial capital of Eastern India. It is located in eastern India on the east bank of the Hooghly River. The Kolkata metropolitan area including suburbs has a population exceeding 15 million, making it the third most populous metropolitan area in India and one of the most populous urban areas in the world. The city is also classified as the eighth largest urban agglomeration in the world. ... read more

Wikitravel - Kolkata

The Victoria Memorial, Kolkata
The Victoria Memorial, a reminder of the Raj

Kolkata (Bengali:কলকাতা)(formerly Calcutta) is the capital of West Bengal and one of the largest cities in India. Kolkata is an 'in your face' city that shocks and charms the unsuspecting visitor. Abject poverty mix inexplicably with crumbling British Raj-era gems, 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. Love it or hate it, you definitely won't forget the city on the Hooghly. ... read more

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