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Do You Know These Facts About Kolkata?

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HolidayIQ Travellers list down some lesser-known facts about the city.

Do You Know These Facts About Kolkata?:

  1. Howrah Station, Kolkata (West Bengal)
  2. Howrah Bridge, Kolkata (West Bengal)
  3. National Library, Kolkata (West Bengal)
  4. Eden Gardens, Kolkata (West Bengal)
  5. College Street, Kolkata (West Bengal)
  6. Kolkata (West Bengal)

Day 1. The Howrah Station Is The Busiest In India

The Howrah Station Is The Busiest In Indiasource: wikipedia.org

Howrah railway station is the oldest station and largest railway complex in India. It is one of the four intercity railway stations serving the city of Kolkata. With 23 platforms, it has the highest train-handling capacity of any railway station in India; and is one of the busiest railway stations in terms of passenger volume per day.

HolidayIQ Traveller A S from Hyderabad shares, “This is the most important station to Kolkata because it connects Kolkata with rest of the Indian cities. This is one of the biggest stations I have seen by far, it has unbelievable to hear 26 platforms and one of the most crowded stations. The best part about this station is you can take your car till the train. We stayed at Yatrinivas which is adjacent to the station and is huge in size.”

Day 2. Howrah Bridge Is One Of The Largest Cantilever Bridges In The World

Howrah Bridge Is One Of The Largest Cantilever Bridges In The Worldsource: wikimedia.org

Commissioned in 1943, Howrah Bridge is a cantilever bridge with a suspended span over the Hooghly River in West Bengal. Carrying a daily traffic of approximately 100,000 vehicles and possibly more than 150,000 pedestrians, easily making it the busiest cantilever bridge in the world. The third-longest cantilever bridge at the time of its construction, the Howrah Bridge is the sixth-longest bridge of its type in the world.

HolidayIQ Traveller Sanchita Chakrabarty shares, “Howrah Bridge it's the gateway of Kolkata "the city of joy". Its built in colonial times. The best time to visit Howrah Bridge. Oops!! No time is perfect. Its changes according the seasons & also with the sky. In the night some golden glitter & some violet light make it magnificent.”

Day 3. The National Library of India Is The Largest Library In India By Volume

The National Library of India Is The Largest Library In India By Volumesource: wikimedia.org

With a collection in excess of 2.2 million books, the National Library of India is the largest library in India by volume and India's library of public record.

HolidayIQ Traveller Tybalt Drucker from Cuttack shares, “With the innumerable stories of supernatural sightings in the area surrounding Belvedere, one cannot miss a chance to go see the place. It used to be the residence of the Governor General during the Raj. Talk to the caretakers for stories about ghostly sightings- flickering lights in unusual places, sounds and sights of horse-driven chariots and figures coming out of the chariots. There is a general air of eeriness, which may be purely psychological, but is fun all the same. Remember- more the number of the people less is the fun!”

Day 4. Eden Gardens In Kolkata Is The Fourth Largest Cricket Stadium In The World

Eden Gardens In Kolkata Is The Fourth Largest Cricket Stadium In The Worldsource: wikimedia.org

Eden Gardens has been called 'cricket's answer to the Colosseum' and is widely acknowledged to be one of the most iconic cricket stadiums in the world. With a seating capacity of 66,349, it is the second largest cricket stadium in India, and the fourth-largest cricket stadium in the world. 

HolidayIQ Traveller Abhijit Gupta from Kolkata shares, “Eden Gardens stadium is the ultimate place to watch cricket in India. It holds the highest capacity of crowd in India and the stadium is recognised as the one with most cheerful crowd in the world. A tourist can look from outside only and there is a park named Eden Gardens which is a must visit place if you are near the stadium. Best time to visit the park is winter season.”

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Day 5. College Street Is The Largest Second-hand Book Market In India And Second In The World

College Street Is The Largest Second-hand Book Market In India And Second In The Worldsource: wikimedia.org

College Street is a street in North Kolkata that approximately stretches from Bowbazar to Mahatma Gandhi Road crossing. Besides several bookstores, it houses the renowned café called Indian Coffee House that has attracted the intelligentsia of the city, for decades. The book market of College Street is the largest book market of India and the largest second-hand book market of the world.

HolidayIQ Traveller Amit Ghosh from Bangalore shares, “A road encompassing stalls having books in all forms. You get all the antique books if you search a little through the stores. Be astonished to find the details the shopkeepers knows about all kinds of book be it academics or casual reading. Enjoy the street food and book shopping.”

Day 6. Kolkata Is One Of The Few Cities In The World That Still Have Trams

Kolkata Is One Of The Few Cities In The World That Still Have Tramssource: wikimedia.org

Operating since 1902, the Kolkata tram is one of its kind in India and the oldest running electric tram system in Asia. The tram adds a certain charm pertaining to a bygone era to this city.

HolidayIQ Traveller Sanjay Vaishnav from Bilaspur shares, “The only tram in India is there in Kolkata. The famous Howrah Bridge etc etc and of course the famous rasgulla.”

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