Kolkata, the ‘Paris of the East’ is a medley of moods, styles, cultures, politics, industry and commerce. The city remained the capital of British India till 1912 and continues to be a major industrial and cultural center.
Today, Kolkata is a kaleidoscope of various contrasts, unseen any where else in the world. It is a unique blend of ancient and anon, occidental and oriental styles, skyscrapers and Victorian edifices and a haven of rich as well as poor. Kolkata symbolizes creativity and vibrancy and is the city of intellectuals, where artistic endeavor is held in higher esteem than political or economic success. The rich cultural, literary and religious flavors are exquisitely exhibited in its fine arts, writing, music, dance and theater. It is the home of four Nobel laureates – Ronald Ross, Rabindranath Tagore, Mother Teresa and Amartya Sen India’s quest for freedom from the British also began in this city of rich heritage.
Kolkata, the gateway to Eastern India is at its best during the festive season of Durga Puja (Sep.-Oct), when the entire city wears a radiant look and is indulged in celebrations. This city of love, hope and joy, is ever fascinating, effervescent and teeming with life and traditions. It is the city with a heart which exudes warmth the leaves few visitors unmoved.