Established in 1690 as the trading post for the English East India Company by Job Charnock, Kolkata, or Calcutta as it was formerly called, is the present capital of the eastern state of West Bengal and one of the largest cities in India. The city that once served as the showpiece capital of the British power in India is noteworthy for its colonial architecture including the Victoria Memorial.

Other important sights include the Howrah Bridge, an engineering marvel that links the city and Howrah Station, the Indian Museum. Gateway to eastern India,and home to prominent intellectuals, the city is fiercely loved by Kolkatans.

Temperature:
Summer: 41.7-38.1C Winter: 29.3-9.6 C

Season:
Throughout the year.

Clothing:
Tropical

AIR:
Kolkata is connected with all the major cities in India and abroad. Almost all prominent airlines of Indian and the world operate theirs flights from the city.

RAIL:
Howrah and Sealdah, the two main railway stations in Kolkata, are connected by rail to all of the important places in India.

ROAD:
Good motorable roads connect Kolkata to all the major cities in India.
Kolkata is:
560 km from Puri
498 km from Bhubaneswar
606 km from Siliguri
678 km from Darjeeling
547 km from Patna
1586 km from Haridwar
681 km from Varanasi
2060 km from Mumbai
1490 km from Delhi