Kolkata, the capital city of West Bengal, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. People not only from India, but also from other foreign countries come to visit this city of joy. The city of Kolkata offers its tourists, lots of avenues, in terms of natural beauty, marvelously erected monuments and fun activities. At the same time, it provides them a deep insight view of a tremendously rich and intellectual culture. Motherland of noted scholars, this city is also famous for its education as well as trading sector. Thousands of people come here every year, to explore the beauty of this attractive place.
Apart from the natural beauty in and around Calcutta, present in the form of beaches, lakes and other such spots, the city also has magnificent architecture to flaunt. In fact, owing due to its outstanding palaces, the city is often called the 'City of Palaces'. There are also several religious places in the city. With modernization of the city, places like Birla Planetarium and Science City and amusement parks like Nicco Park and Aquatica, have also become major attractions of the city.
Kolkata is also a shopper's paradise. Hogg's Market, AC Market, College Street, Dakshinapan Shopping Complex, Central Cottage Industries Emporium at Chowringee, Shreeram Arcade, City Centre, Treasure Island and Forum Multiplex are a few places where you can get to explore all the famous items of Kolkata, right from junks to exquisite crafts. While in Kolkata, don't forget to buy ethnic wear for yourself. Do relish a lot on the local delicious sweets of the city. For roaming around these places, make use of local transport, in the form of state buses, private carriers, cabs, metered auto & taxis, trams and metro.
The best time to visit Calcutta is between September-February, when the humidity has subdued, with the arrival of pleasant winter and the city is adorned with the colors of celebrations. Coming to Kolkata from any other part of the world is also not a problem at all as the city is well linked by road, railways and air-network with regular connectivity. Though every kind of accommodation is available in the city, right from five star hotels to guest houses, the most advisable accommodation would be 'home-stays', as they give you a first hand experience of the 300 year old glorious culture of the city.