Kolkata (Calcutta) (West Bengal)

Calcutta (the city of joy), the capital of West Bengal and former capital of British India has many magnificent monuments. It sprawls along the Hoogly river and theHowrah bridge crosses the river in a single 450 meter span. The Eden Gardens has a beautiful lake and a Burmese pagoda. Attractions: Indian Museum, the Fort William, Shahid minar, the Victoria Memorial Hall and Museum, Rabindra Sarovar, Writers Buildings, Birla Planetarium, the National Library, the zoo, Marble Palace and Belur math (HQ of the Ramakrishna Mission). Santiniketan (136 km from Kolkata), is a must for those interested in art, culture and works of Tagore.