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Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal, retains the aura of its long and interesting past. Music and theatre, historic buildings, interesting side streets and most important, friendly people make it a city with a soul. To an outsider it might be a chaotic and lethargic city, but its volatile citizens are totally absorbed in the beauty of the arts, and equally passionate about khela(football).

The first encounter with the urban madness of Calcutta occurs with the crossing of the Howrah Bridge, which connects both sides of the Hooghly river along which Calcutta is situated. Though the bridge itself seems to overflow with chaotic traffic of buses, cars, rickshaws and pedestrians, the view from the bridge is ethereal, with the Hooghly softly flowing beneath it. A walk on the bridge gives an outsider a glimpse of the noise, grime, smells and the people that make up Calcutta.

Since Calcutta is a pot pourri of different religions and cultures, the same is reflected in its cuisine. All types of gastronomical delights –Mughlai, Continental, South Indian are available. Another speciality of Calcutta is the roll – chicken or egg roll - available at most roadside food stalls. The chaat(junk food) of Calcutta – the puchka and the jhalmuri - sold on street corners is something all Calcuttans swear by, and it spoils people for the chaat available in different parts of the country.

Calcutta has a large Chinese population, which has resulted in a lot of Chinese eating joints. But the place to get authentic Chinese food is Tangra, off the metropolitan bypass, where all the tanneries are. A mini China town, Tangra is to be visited only with someone who has been there, as locating small eating-places in the labyrinth of lanes and bylanes is an impossible task. If one can ignore the stink associated with leather processing, and get over the fear of getting lost, then sit down to enjoy a Chinese meal at a price not available in the city

Capturing a beautiful stretch of land from the Himalayan foothills to the Bay of Bengal this land has a lot to offer. Shopping here, is a thrilling experience.

The former Capital of British India, Kolkata has been a home to many great people like Mother Teresa, Rabindranath Tagore and Swami Vivekanand. The place has a range of things to offer to a shopper. From the intriguing Street vendors of Chowringhee Road to the dainty shops of Sudder St. New Market, Kolkata a shopper’s paradise. In the recently converted Hogg Market to New Market, you can find almost anything. Embroidered unani and other souvenir items are found in womens friendly Societies and good Companions.

The City Express Super Market below the sudder St. and New Market is an air - conditioned and Computerized arcade, in the basement.To find some of the beautiful handicrafts and textiles, you can visit Rejugee Handicrafts, Cottage Industries, Khadi Gramodyog Bhawan and Bengal home industries. Rasgullas of Bengal are extremely famous. Tinned ones or Matha rasgullabetter are just worth relishing.

In the enchanting hill - station of Darjeeling, encompressed with a maze of coniferous trees are a number of exotic shopping market lanes. The best place to find the handicrafts of West Bengal is the Manjusha Emporium, on Nehru Road. Along the same road you find exquisite carpets and beautiful rare objects. Brass statues, wooden carvings, woollen clothes, woven fabrics Thankyas and Jewellery are found here in abundance.

Haydin hall house a range of reasonable Tibetan Carpets. Darjeeling Tea is famous all over the World. One of the best places to shop is Nathmull's Tea Merchants and places the best quaility tea is available.

In the base of the Himalayas lies the fast growing town of Kalimpong, which also has many interaction Bazaars. Kalimpong has a plethora of paster paintings. Bags, intricate wood carvings and many more items are sold at Kalimpong arts and crafts. In the lanes and markets near Dambar Chowck you can find some exquisite Tibetan Jewellery.

West Bengal is also famous for many other things like Murshidabad Silks, Darjeeling Silver, Shantiniketan leathers, Kalighat pats, Kumartuli Clag image and Bankura horses.
By Air: Calcutta is well connected and easily accessible from anywhere in India and abroad. The Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Airport (Dum Dum airport) serves domestic as well as the International needs of this region. This airport is not only connected to the major cities of India but is also the transit point for the South East Asian nations and Australia. All the major Airlines have their flights to this city.

By Rail: Calcutta is well connected with all corners of the country by the railways. The two railway stations of Howrah and Sealdah serve all the needs of the city. From here one can board trains to Southern India upto Kanyakumari, Jammu in the North, Gandhinagar and Mumbai in the West and Guwahati in the North East. Apart from the long distance trains there are plenty of local trains which connect the city with the nearby areas. Within the city there is a good network of the tram system which is probably the oldest in India.

By Road: Just as the city is well connected by Air and by trains, it also has good road communication with all corners of the country. The Grand Trunk road connects Calcutta with Amritsar. This national highway was built by Sher Shah Suri to promote and facilitate trade and commerce from the city with other parts of India. The purpose has been well served and till date the GT road acts as the backbone of the trade and surface transport in India. Other national highways also connect the city with other areas. Calcutta has regular bus service from various places within the state as well. There are services to places in Bihar, Orissa and Assam. The state transport authorities as well as private operators run the bus services.

Calcutta also has the distinction of having an inland water transport system. Though the Hooghly is a very badly silted river there are ferry and boat services from the near by places, but this service has been restricted mainly to carry goods. There has been a proposal to link Calcutta with Patna via the Hooghly and Ganga

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