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General info Kolkata is not an ancient city like Delhi, with its impressive relics of the past. In fact, it's largely a British creation which dates back only some 300 years and was the capital of British India until the beginning of this century.

In 1686, the British abandoned Hooghly, their trading post 38km up the Hooghly River from present-day Kolkata, and moved downriver to there small villages - Sutanati, Govindpur and Kailkata. Kolkata takes its name from the last of those three tiny settlements.

Much of the Kolkata's most enduring development took place between 1780 and 1820. Latter in the 19th century, Bengal became an important centre in the struggle for Indian independence, and this was a major reason for the decision to transfer the capital to Delhi in 1911. Loss of political power did not alter Kolkata's economic control, and the city continued to prosper until after WW11.
List of Kolkata Hotels

First class Hotels in Kolkata

Floatel Lytton Park

Budget Hotels in Kolkata

Fair Lawn

Sunderbans tiger reserve Digha Shantiniketan
Ganga sagar Gandhi ghat Diamond harbour
Krishnagar Nabadwip

Victoria memorial Indian museum Eden gardens
Fort william Ochterlony monuments St Paul's cathedral
Howrah bridge Birla planetarium BBD Bagh ( Dalhousie Square )
Kali temple Marble palace Zoo & Horticultural gardens
Nehru children's museum St John's church Botanical gardens
Nicco park Vidyasagar Setu Pareshnath Jain Temple
Belur Math Nakhoda Mosque Science city
Birla mandir Zoological gardens Nalban boating complex
Saheed minar Jorasanko tagore house Rabindra sadan

Places to eat

Anand restaurant Indian coffee house Amber hotel
Fairlawn hotel Zaranj restaurant

Travel info

Air : Kolkata is connected by air with Jorhat, Lucknow, Mumbai, Nagpur, Patna, Port Blair, Ranchi, Silchar, Tezpur, Visakhapatnam, Amritsar, Delhi and Leh.
Rail : Kolkata is connected by rail with all major cities of the country.
Road : Kolkata is well connected by road with all major parts of the country.

Distances from Kolkata
Belur Math 16 km; Darjeeling 665 km; Durgapur 182 km; Digha 163 km; Shantiniketan 216 km; Kalimpong 654 km; Kurseong 633 km; Murshidabad 222 km; Siliguri 585 km and Vishnupur 152 km.

Cities of Kolkata

Darjeeling Gaur Kalimpong
Kolkata Kurseong Malda
Mirik Murshidabad Pandua
Shantiniketan Siliguri