Calcutta three hundred years old, traces its history to the landing of Robert Clive. It was from here that the British raj was launched in India. The capital of West Bengal, Calcutta is a major entry point.If Delhi is the elegant capital of the nation, and Mumbai its major industrial city, then Calcutta ranks as the cultural capital.Poets, thinkers and film directores of international renown hail from this city where avant guard plays and art exhibitions go on show practically every day. Calcutta was the first headquarters of the East India Company, and some of its best known monuments were built by this British trading house.However, the city has, within its 300 year's history, hosted other communities both from other parts of India as well as abroad-Chinese,Americans,Jews-all of whom have left their imprint in pockets of Calcutta.
Sightseeing in this fascinating city includes Raj Bhawan, the residence of the Governor of Benagal;Victoria Memorial,the city's lankmark;Botanical Gardens, which are notable for the oldest banyan tree, and orchid house;Armenian church;Marble Palace,one family's collection of memorabilla;and Birla Planetorium.Darjeeling , is the state's most popular hill resort, 2,134 meters above sea level.