There are number of tour packages designed to showcase the grandeur of Kolkata situated on the banks of Hoogly River. It is known as the commercial capital of East India besides living up to its reputation as a artistic, cultural and revolutionary centre. A visit to the city would enthrall you with its Raj-era monuments, Howrah Bridge, Birla Planetarium, etc. Walking along the Chowringhee Road would open up wondrous attractions of the city like Fort William and Victoria Memorial. Relish the fabulous Bengali dishes like beguni, kati roll, phuchka, rice and Machher jhol, roshogolla, sandesh and mishti dohi.
Kolkata is the third most populated metropolitan in India as also the capital of West Bengal. The city came into being with the British East India Company setting up its base in 1690. Subsequently, it became the capital of British India in 1772. During the time before Indian Independence in 1947, Kolkata was foremost in instilling the nationalist fervor in India. It was the centre of what is now known as Bengal Renaissance. Numerous luminaries like Rabindranath Tagore, Subash Chandra Bose, Surendra Bannerji played important role in Indian Independence movement.