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The ‘City of Joy’ Kolkata is one of the most popular places to visit in India. The cultural legacy of the city is matchless and one of the best experiences in the country. The city’s former name, Calcutta, is an Anglicized version of the Bengali name Kalikata. Here, India is mixed with a little bit of the British colonial days and there are interesting specimens of architecture, artistic and cultural scene. The city is famously known as the Land of Mother Teresa and Rabindra Nath Tagore, but in the heart of the 300-year old city is the real feel of India. The third largest metropolitan in the country, Kolkata was the capital of British India before Delhi assumed this position. Kolkata developed from a fishermens' village to become one of the largest cities in the world. The city symbolises creativity and vibrance with all the modern amenities available. Kolkata has adapted to the modern trends and techniques of the world but has not shed the leisurely lifestyle and the calm of its heydays. Kolkata has the country's first Metro railway and some of its buildings are more than a hundred years old. Besides sightseeing, the food is definitely worth trying. The delightful sweets, scrumptious seafood and others are a treat for your taste buds. Shopping is also an interesting past-time, the markets are full of amazing fabrics and handlooms. Shop for books is also a must as the cultural capital is book- lovers haven. Nightlife in the city has options of cultural performances of dance, music, drama, poetry and more. To witness the actual colourful spirit of Kolkata, the annual festival of Durga Puja is an unforgettable pleasure.