Located on the east bank of the Hooghly River, Kolkata was the first British-era capital of the subcontinent. It is considered to be the country’s most cultured city, with a stellar literary and artistic heritage. Colonial architecture shares space with a diverse mix of local experiences here.
Kolkata’s Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport is located about 18km from the city centre. This busy airport services domestic flights from across the country as well as from select international destinations.
Howrah Junction, on the west bank of the Hooghly River, is India’s oldest and largest railway station. The other main interstate stations in the city are Sealdah Station, Kolkata Railway Station and Shalimar Station. These four stations provide regular train connections to the rest of the country.
Kolkata is a major point of entry into northeastern India, and you will find both state-run and private bus services plying between Kolkata and the rest of the region. Services also extend towards other Indian metros, including Chennai and Bangalore.
Kolkata falls on the Golden Quadilateral national highway network, which links it to all parts of the country. National Highway 2 runs to New Delhi, while NH 7 goes down to Chennai.