The word “KOLKATA” is not a Word, it’s an Emotion.
It is said, “ You can take a Bengali out of Kolkata, but you cannot take Kolkata out of a Bengali.”
Here are some lesser known facts about the “City of joy”, Kolkata, the perfect fusion of old world charm and modernity.
- Kolkata is the 2nd largest city of India, after New Delhi, with an area of about 185 sq. km.
4. Kolkata is the only city in India with hand–pulled rickshaws.
6. Almost after 2 decades Kolkata started the metro railway system, Delhi had one, and Mumbai is still thinking of having one!
7. Howrah is the busiest station in India, in terms of unique train on daily basis.
8. Till 2006 there was no Kolkata Station, for mails and expresses, one had to board either from Howrah Station or Sealdah Station. The Kolkata Station, earlier referred to as Chitpur Station was a Railway goods Terminal.
9. Most of the Kolkatans, may hate to go to the Alipur Zoo. But, little do we know, that it is the oldest zoo in the country.
10. Howrah Bridge has been the identity of the city since a long time , but what we may not know that it is one of the world’s largest cantilever bridge and the largest and probably the only one in the country.
12. Science City is the largest science centre in India.
13. The Birla Planetarium in Kolkata is the largest planetarium in Asia, and the second largest in the world.
14. The Indian Museum is the oldest and the largest museum in India.
15. Calcutta Polo Club is the oldest one in the world.
16. The Royal Calcutta Golf Club is the first golf club, outside the United Kingdom.
17. After MCC: the Mecca of Cricket, Calcutta Cricket and Football Club founded in 1792, is the second oldest cricket club in the world.
19. Talking of football, India may take time to compete in the Football World Cup or host one. But, Salt Lake Stadium is surely ready to host one such, being the second largest football stadium in the world, in terms of capacity.
20. Eden Gardens is the 3rd largest stadium in the world, having a capacity over 67,000 people.
21. Calcutta Medical College or Medical College and Hospital, Kolkata was Asia’s second medicine college that taught European Medicine and was the first in Asia to teach European Medicine in English language.
22. Kolkata is the only Asian Mainland city (except Tokyo and Kyoto), to have five brilliant scholars and Nobel laureates: Mother Teresa, Amartya Sen, Rabindranath Tagore, C.V. Raman and Sir Ronald Ross. And, Satyajit Ray being the first person to win Oscar in the country.
23. Presidency College, Kolkata(now known as Presidency University), completed its 200 years, is South Asia’s oldest known institution for imparting western education.
24. Kolkata is a paradise for book lovers. It has the second largest second-hand book market in the world, where one can find the rare of the rarest books in the world. If you can’t find a book here, then it never existed.
25. Botanical Garden is the house of world’s largest tree. The Great Banyan Tree is 250 years old, and it’s circumference is 330 meters.
26. Kolkata is the birth place of fusion cuisine, which we now call as Indian-Chinese.
27. Durga Puja is the most awaited and fascinating festival of Kolkata . But, Kolkata stands out mainly because of its authentic traditions, and grand celebrations in more than 2000 puja pandals.
28. After the Frankfurt Book Fair and the London Book Fair, Kolkata Book Fair is considered as the largest accumulation of books! It’s Asia’s largest and the most attended Book Fair.
30. Khidderpore port is the oldest and the only riverine port in the country.