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The City of Joy!

Kolkata often referred as the City of Joy is a perfect combination of ancient world charm and urbanity. It was the important city for the British rulers and was the capital of India too. After London, it was the second most important city of the British Empire. Besides being popularly known by names such as ‘City of Joy’, it is also known as ‘City of Palaces’, ‘Cultural Capital of India’ and so on. As far as trains are concerned, the Howrah Station is the busiest train station in India which is handled by Kolkata.

If you are a foodie with a sweet tooth, Kolkata is indeed the place to be. There are best of eateries, street foods, and restaurants that offer lip smacking foods and desserts. As the city is quite popular for food, Kolkata cuisine primarily includes rice and fish curry which is often accompanied by sweets like ‘roshogolla’ and sweet yoghurt called as ‘mishti doi’.

The Howrah Bridge is the identity of Kolkata and is one of the biggest cantilever bridges across the globe. C.V Raman, Sir Ronald Ross, Amartya Sen, Rabindranath Tagore and Mother Teresa were some of the excellent scholars and Nobel laureates. Satyajit Ray was the first one to win the Oscar awards in the country. The city has a library known as the National Library of India which is one of the largest public libraries in the country. The oldest and popular club is the Calcutta Polo Club in addition the Royal Calcutta Golf Club.

If you are a cricket lover, you will be quite glad to know that Eden Gardens is the third largest cricket stadium in the world as far as the seating arrangement is concerned. The Calcutta Cricket and Football Club is in fact the 2nd oldest cricket club across the globe after the Mecca of Cricket. The Calcutta Football League was founded in the year 1898 and is the oldest tournament in India. Salt Lake Stadium is one of the largest football stadiums when you consider the seating capacity.

For book lovers, this city is a paradise as College Street is quite popular and known for second hand books. If you are lucky enough, you may also find the first edition of some of the rarest books. College Street has everything from oldest, rarest to newest books. Kolkata Book Fair has the largest accumulation of books in the world after the London Book Fair and the Frankfurt Book Fair. Additionally, it is the largest book fair in Asia. Millions of people from all over the city and country visit this non trading book fair.

Kolkata is one of the fewest places in the world which has Trams. The city has metro railways which has made the transport system faster and convenient for its people. Besides, it is the only city which has hand pulled rickshaws in the country. The Botanical Garden has been the house of the largest banyan tree and its circumference is over 330 meters. There is no denying that Kolkata is the city of palaces and temples and the Dakshineshwar Kali temple and Kalighat Kali temple are some of them to name a few. But the unknown fact is that it also has the largest planetarium in Asia. The Birla Planetarium is the 2nd largest planetarium in the world. The U.S Consulate in Calcutta was founded in 1792 and is the 2nd oldest consulate and situated on Chowringhee Road.

There are endless attractions which includes Victoria Memorial Hall which displays the history of the city. It is an elegant museum made of white marble that is worth exploring. Indian Museum is yet another museum that offers sections of anthropology, art, archeology and geology. Last but not the least! Science City is the biggest center that presents the science and technology in a captivating environment which offers great education for people of all age groups. It is one of the prime attractions for the residents of Kolkata.

Kolkata has best of amenities which makes it one of the best places to be in. If you are planning to visit this city for a business or a personal trip, it is worth the visit. The city offers all the comforts and luxuries that make you never want to go back. When on business tours, there comes a need to book a hotel for a few hours, but the saddest part is that you end up paying the whole room rent. Worry not anymore! Frotels is now in Kolkata as well. You heard it right. You can now book hotels on hourly basis in Kolkata with Frotels. Whether you are a businessmen visiting Kolkata for a short duration or a musician travelling to different places, you can consider Frotels to do your hotel bookings. If offers great convenience without being heavy in your pocket. Enjoy your stay with ultimate comfort in Kolkata with Frotels!