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KOLKATTA

General Information
Metropolitan Area : 1380 sq. km.
Languages spoken : Bengali, Hindi, Urdu, English.
Total Population : 15.97 million(2001) - including Howrah and suburbs
4.85 million(2004) - under Kolkata Municipality Corp
Introduction

Eden Garden

A spra wling garden set up by the British in the early 20 century with a band stand and a beautiful pagoda.  A stadium has been built adjacent to it for cricket test matches which can accommodate about 85,000 people.Shopping Centers New Market, Sreeram Arcade, Charnock City, Air Conditioned Market, Vardaan Shopping Complex, Treasure Island, Park Center, Fancy Market, Mark's Supermarket, Cottage Industry, Dakshinapan, Bengal Home, Khadi Gramodyog, Kankurgachhi Handloom Market, Ballygunge New Market, Shyambazar Market, Chandni Market, Bagri Market, College Street Market, Gariahat Market, Lake Market.

Howrah Bridge

This Engineering marvel has been the firmest symbol of kolkatta . The huge cantilever bridge, strung on two 270 feet high pillars connects kolkatta from Howrah . It four traffic lanes are daily used by over a lakh vehicles.

The Howrah Bridge extending across the Hooghly river catches the eyes of every visitor as soon as he steps into the city of kolkatta .  This cantilever bridge is supported by two 270 feet high piers.

City Transport

Metro Rail or underground railway, Circular Rail, local trains, tram cars metered taxis, air-conditioned taxis, mini buses, private buses, luxury buses, state-transport buses, tourist cars, auto rickshaws, rickshaws, launch/ferry service on the Ganges .

kolkatta High Court

The Highest seat of judiciary in West Bengal . One of the oldest in India (constructed in 1872), built in the Gothic style of architecture, it is a landmark in kolkatta . An extension was added later, which retains its architectural symmetry. Near Eden Gardens .

Saheed Minar

A monument similar to Qutab Minar of Delhi . This was known as Octerloney Monument . Located near Esplanade on the Maidan and seat of many memorable political meetings. 

Built between 1906 and 1921 on the lines of the Taj Mahal in memory of Queen Victoria . Topped with a moving angel this memorial faces the kolkatta Maidan. It houses paintings, manuscripts, and other objects of historic value in its Museum and Art Gallery . Two regular sound and light shows are held in the evening. Closed on Mondays.

Vidyasagar Setu

A beautiful bridge that spans the Hooghly , it has been built to ease the load off the existing Howrah bridge.Inaugurated in 1994, it affords a panoramic view of the kolkatta skyline.

Writer's Building

The seat of the West Bengal Government Secretariat, it is located in B B D Bag. Built during the days of the Raj, this building epitomises the political revolution of Bengal .

Marble Palace

This, indisputably, is the richest, the quaintest, the eeriest, the most haphazard and the most ridiculous, the most astonishing and the most lovable and almost the saddest relic in what, by about the start of the nineteenth century, was beginning to be called the City of Palaces .

General Post Office (GPO)

A piece of novel architecture located in the B B D Bag area. Controls the entire postal system of kolkatta . One of the oldest and largest turfs for horse racing in India . Holds a number of national events in horse racing.

National Library

Previously Vice-Regal House, it is one of the largest libraries in Asia with a collection of rare books and manuscripts. Located opposite the Zoological Gardens,


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