Also known as the 'City of Joy', Kolkata was the erstwhile capital of India under the British Raj. The culture of Kolkata has bathed in the varied influences of the Nizams and the Europeans among others, and is almost 300 years old. It was composed of three villages - Sutanati, Gobindapur and Kalikata, when founded by Job Charnock an East India Company agent in 1690. Rich in colours and culinary delights, Kolkata is unique in its own way. It is an intellectual hub, that has produced some of the finest brains of India and also five Nobel laureates - Ronald Ross, Sir C.V. Raman, Rabindranath Tagore, Mother Teresa, and Amartya Sen. With a life that revolves around the Hoogly (Ganges) river, Kolkata still retains the aura of the colonial days.
Bengali, English and Hindi
When to visit:
Kolkata boasts of a tropical wet and dry climate, with hot and humid summers. The South-West monsoon brings heavy rains between late June and September. The period from October to March is considered best to visit Kolkata.
Upper Departure level, New Integrated Terminal Building (NITB / T2) N. S. C. B. I, Kolkata, West Bengal - 700052. Tel. No.: + (91) (033) 25118468 / + (91) (033) 25119469