Kolkata, the city of joy as it is often called, is also commonly considered as the 'Paris of the East' as there's a happy
amalgamation of different culture, style, mood and politics. It mainly gained importance in the times of British rule as it had been the capital of India till the year1912. Calcutta (as it was known before 2001) is the best example of both the old and new, the orient and the occident, the gourmet and the intellect and is the home to four best Nobel laureates - Rabindranath Tagore, Ronald Ross, Mother Teresa and Amartya Sen.
Kolkata has significant traditional architectural national heritage and famous for greenery of Gangetic planes, Belur Math, Iskon Headquarters, Victoria Memorial, Mother Teresa's Home, Indian Museum, Kalighat Temple, Fortwilliam, Swami Vivekananda's residence, Howrah Bridge, Sunderbans, Shantiniketan and many more.
However, it is the Durga Puja in autumn each year during which Kolkata is at its best and the most resplendent. Irrespective of where you are from, you will feel at home in this city - in Kolkata.