Known in English as Calcutta, and located on the east bank of Hooghly River, Kolkata is the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal.
As capital of India during the British emperor, colonial architecture shapes the look of the city along with modern buildings, hotels and shopping malls. However, the modern and wealthy face of the city is in extreme contrast with the poverty that spread through the urban slums. The colonial past influenced its role as intellectual capital of India: the creative energy that pervades the city is tangible thorughout the many cultural manifestations of art, cousine, cinema and music.
Among the unmissable things to do in Calcutta, a visit to the Victoria Memorial Hall, with its museum and surrounding garden, is certainly a must. In this magnificent building, created for Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom, mixes European architecture with some Mughal Indian design elements. Containing everything from a lake, to a rock garden, to a zoo, Marble Palace, recalls Calcutta's splendor with its impressive architectural details.The Dakshineswar Kali Temple and the Kalighat Kali Temple, are a destinations either for tourists and for worshippers. Check from your "to do" list also a view to the Howrah Bridge, counted amongst the busiest cantilever bridge in the World, and a shopping experience at New Market.