The state capital of West Bengal, Kolkata, is situated in the lap of River Hooghly. Known as the “City Of Joy”, this metropolis is a perfect blend of traditional and modern culture. The heart and soul of the city lies in its historical monuments, ancient temples, street shops, rich literature and old coffee houses. The land of rickshaws and trams, Kolkata boasts of some major tourist attractions like Victoria Memorial, Howrah Bridge, Dakhineshwar Temple, Nicco Park, Fort William, Science City and others. The most important festival of the city, Durga Puja held in October, draws a lot of tourists from across the world.
Places to Stay
Kolkata offers plenty of accommodation options to tourists like Hotel Dolphin (Tariff-Rs.500), Hotel Samrat (Tariff-Rs.600), Rajasthan Guest House (Tariff-Rs.700), Afridl International Hotel (Tariff-Rs800) and Nirala Resort (Tariff-Rs.900).
Bengali is the official language of this place. Hindi and English are also spoken.
Durga Puja (October) is the biggest festival of this place. Besides, Kali Puja (November), Saraswati Puja (February), Bengali New Year (April), Bhai Phota (November), Kolkata International Film Festival (November) and Kokata Book Fair (January) are other major events in the city.
Places of Interest
There are innumerable tourist attractions in and around Kolkata. Some of the must-see places are Birla planetarium, Victoria Memorial, Howrah Bridge, Dakhineshwar Temple(13 km), Nicco Park, Fort William, Science City, Nehru Museum, Milleneum Park, Alipore Zoo (9 km) and Kalighat (9 km).
How to Get There
Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Airport, located at a distance of 14 km, is the major airport of this city.
Howrah Station (4.2 km) and Sealdah Station (1.8 km) are the major railway stations, which connect Kolkata with the rest of the country.
Kolkata has an excellent network of state and private buses. Sampak Tours and Travels, Dolphin Bus Service, Reliance Tours and Travels, Royal cruiser, Greenline Travels are some of the top operators catering to this region. Ticketgoose.com’s online bus ticket booking facility is fast, safe and reliable.
A major seaport town in Jagatsinghpur district of Odisha, Paradip, also spelt Paradeep, is one of the largest ports on east coast. An emerging industrial hub the town has several steel plants, alumina refineries, thermal power plants, and a petrochemical complex that is under development. The town is recognised as one of the best regions for major petroleum, chemicals and petrochemical investment.
Places to Stay
There are many hotels in Paradeep. Tourists’ visiting the town can stay at Hotel Sea Perl, Hotel Paradeep International and Hotel marina that offers rooms from Rs.700 onwards.
Annual festivals like Dussehra, Diwali, Christmas and Ramzan are celebrated here. Makar Mela, Bali yatra, Raja parba, Ganesh puja, Laxmi puja, Durga puja are some of the other festivals celebrated here.
Oriya is the Local Language here.
Places to Visit
Jummah Pallivasal is located within 1km of the bus stand.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Bhubaneswar which is about 125km from the main town.
Paradeep has its own railway station
Paradeep bus stand runs regular bus services. Private bus operators like Dolphin Bus Service runs regular buses to and from the town. To get discounted bus tickets you will have to book your tickets in advance.