Located in Eastern India, Kolkata is one of the travel destinations that has a lot to offer to its visitors. Known for its architectural monuments, historical relevance, culture and cuisine, Kolkata has something for all to explore.
Let us have a look at some of the interesting facts about Kolkata, the land of cultures!
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Second Largest City
Kolkata is the second largest city of India, after Delhi.
The Land of Roshogolla
The famous Bengali sweet Rasgulla which is pronounced as Roshogolla, has its origin here. Sri Nobin Chandra Das, a local confectioner invented this sweet dish way back in 1868. The dish got famous after he served it to a wealthy merchant who visited his shop and asked him for some water to drink. Chandra Das offers him some roshogollas with water. The merchant bought a large amount of the sweet for his family and friends, making the sweet popular.
National Library of India
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A Paradise for Bookworms
Kolkata is truly a haven for bookworms. From the National Library of India which is the largest public library in India to the famous Kolkata book fair that happens every year, you will not be disappointed here if you're a book lover.
Largest Planetarium in Asia
The Birla Planetarium in Kolkata is the largest planetarium in Asia.
Salt Lake Stadium
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The Love for Football
Kolkata is one of the very few places in India that is passionate about football. The Salt Lake Stadium here is the second biggest football stadium in the world.
The Old Capital of India
During the reign of British rule in India, the city of Kolkata was the capital of the country.
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Eden Gardens Cricket Stadium
The Eden Gardens cricket stadium is the world's third largest cricket stadium in terms of seating capacity.
First Golf Club Outside UK
The Royal Calcutta Golf Club is the first golf club built outside United Kingdom.
First City to Run Metro Trains
Kolkata is the first city in India that introduced metro railways to the country. Metro trains here started operating in 1984.
Great Banyan Tree
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World's Widest Tree
The Great Banyan Tree in Kolkata which covers around 3.5 acres of land is the world widest tree.
Known for Fusion Cuisine
Being a land of various cultures and traditions, the city also experiments with the cuisine from different places. The popular fusion cuisine you will find here is Indian-Chinese cuisine.
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