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8 Interesting Facts About Kolkata Even Bengalis Might Not Know

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1. The Great Banyan Tree Is Over 250 Years Old

The Great Banyan Tree Is Over 250 Years Old: The Great Banyan Tree in the Botanical Gargen in Kolkata is the largest tree in the world in terms of area covered. HolidayIQ traveller Saurabh says, "We see the Great Banyan Tree, largest in the world, (Used to read in books, where the Great Banyan Tree, the biggest in the world is, you can't even know which was the original trunk when you sit under it. ) and we did enjoy that part. We also enjoyed the beautifully shaded walks around the park. However, some areas were poorly maintained, full of trash and choking weeds or the terrible signage and lack of maps." - 20 Ratings, 10 Reviews, 761 Sightseeings, 5 Photos © wikimedia The Great Banyan Tree in the Botanical Gargen in Kolkata is the largest tree in the world in terms of area covered. HolidayIQ traveller Saurabh says, "We see the Great Banyan Tree, largest in the world, (Used to read in books, where the Great Banyan Tree, the biggest in the world is, you can't even know which was the original trunk when you sit under it. ) and we did enjoy that part. We also enjoyed the beautifully shaded walks around the park. However, some areas were poorly maintained, full of trash and choking weeds or the terrible signage and lack of maps." - 20 Ratings, 10 Reviews, 761 Sightseeings, 5 Photos

The Great Banyan Tree in the Botanical Gargen in Kolkata is the largest tree in the world in terms of area covered.

HolidayIQ traveller Saurabh says, "We see the Great Banyan Tree, largest in the world, (Used to read in books, where the Great Banyan Tree, the biggest in the world is, you can't even know which was the original trunk when you sit under it. ) and we did enjoy that part. We also enjoyed the beautifully shaded walks around the park. However, some areas were poorly maintained, full of trash and choking weeds or the terrible signage and lack of maps."

2. Eden Gardens Is The 3rd Largest Cricket Stadiums In The World

Eden Gardens Is The 3rd Largest Cricket Stadiums In The World: Going by seating capacity, the Eden Gardens Cricket Ground is the stadium is the third largest cricket stadium in the world. HolidayIQ traveller Abhishek says,"I had gone there on IPL 6 against the match between Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals where Kolkata won the match by 5 wickets. When I first entered in the stadium it was like a dream. The grass was shining like someone put a mirror on the ground." - 41 Ratings, 24 Reviews, 761 Sightseeings, 5 Photos © wikimedia Going by seating capacity, the Eden Gardens Cricket Ground is the stadium is the third largest cricket stadium in the world. HolidayIQ traveller Abhishek says,"I had gone there on IPL 6 against the match between Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals where Kolkata won the match by 5 wickets. When I first entered in the stadium it was like a dream. The grass was shining like someone put a mirror on the ground." - 41 Ratings, 24 Reviews, 761 Sightseeings, 5 Photos

Going by seating capacity, the Eden Gardens Cricket Ground is the stadium is the third largest cricket stadium in the world.

HolidayIQ traveller Abhishek says,"I had gone there on IPL 6 against the match between Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals where Kolkata won the match by 5 wickets. When I first entered in the stadium it was like a dream. The grass was shining like someone put a mirror on the ground." 

3. Science City Is The Largest Science Centre In The Indian Subcontinent

Science City Is The Largest Science Centre In The Indian Subcontinent: Science City is the largest science centre in the country. HOlidayIQ traveller Rahul says, "Best place for a student to visit. Best place to learn science with fun. One can spend a full day in the Science City. Along Science's fun one can enjoy the different fun rides. And turn the day a memorable day." - 33 Ratings, 19 Reviews, 761 Sightseeings, 15 Photos © wikimedia Science City is the largest science centre in the country. HOlidayIQ traveller Rahul says, "Best place for a student to visit. Best place to learn science with fun. One can spend a full day in the Science City. Along Science's fun one can enjoy the different fun rides. And turn the day a memorable day." - 33 Ratings, 19 Reviews, 761 Sightseeings, 15 Photos

Science City is the largest science centre in the country.

HOlidayIQ traveller Rahul says, "Best place for a student to visit. Best place to learn science with fun. One can spend a full day in the Science City. Along Science's fun one can enjoy the different fun rides. And turn the day a memorable day."

4. Kolkata Is The Only City In India To Have A Tram Network

Kolkata Is The Only City In India To Have A Tram Network: 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. - 13630 Ratings, 9097 Reviews, 761 Sightseeings, 582 Photos © wikimedia 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. - 13630 Ratings, 9097 Reviews, 761 Sightseeings, 582 Photos

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. 

5. Kolkata Metro Is The First Underground Metro Railway System In India

Kolkata Metro Is The First Underground Metro Railway System In India: The Kolkata Metro is India’s first underground Metro railway. HolidayIQ traveller Smriti says, "Kolkata Metro is an excellent ride to save your time, to avoid traffic jams it's a comfortable and safe journey also. Now a days it's extended to the North Noapara and to the South five to six stoppage more after Tollygunge. When I visit Kolkata, I always prefer to avail Metro Rail." - 13630 Ratings, 9097 Reviews, 761 Sightseeings, 582 Photos © wikimedia The Kolkata Metro is India’s first underground Metro railway. HolidayIQ traveller Smriti says, "Kolkata Metro is an excellent ride to save your time, to avoid traffic jams it's a comfortable and safe journey also. Now a days it's extended to the North Noapara and to the South five to six stoppage more after Tollygunge. When I visit Kolkata, I always prefer to avail Metro Rail." - 13630 Ratings, 9097 Reviews, 761 Sightseeings, 582 Photos

The Kolkata Metro is India’s first underground Metro railway.

HolidayIQ traveller Smriti says, "Kolkata Metro is an excellent ride to save your time, to avoid traffic jams it's a comfortable and safe journey also. Now a days it's extended to the North Noapara and to the South five to six stoppage more after Tollygunge. When I visit Kolkata, I always prefer to avail Metro Rail."

6. The Royal Calcutta Golf Club Is The First Golf Club Ever, Outside The UK

The Royal Calcutta Golf Club Is The First Golf Club Ever, Outside The UK: The Royal Calcutta Golf Club or RCGC is the 2nd oldest golf club in the world after The Royal and Ancient at St. Andrews. It was established in 1829 and in 1911; King George V and Queen Mary conferred the title of ‘Royal’ on the course, in order to commemorate their visit. HolidayIQ traveller AS says, "This is one of the oldest golf clubs in the country and is situated at Tollgung club. It a very big one 18 holes but need serious transformation soon to improve its level. The main clubhouse building is beautiful and regal, certainly sends you in British era. I have been here with my uncle who is in army." - 13630 Ratings, 9097 Reviews, 761 Sightseeings, 582 Photos © wikimedia The Royal Calcutta Golf Club or RCGC is the 2nd oldest golf club in the world after The Royal and Ancient at St. Andrews. It was established in 1829 and in 1911; King George V and Queen Mary conferred the title of ‘Royal’ on the course, in order to commemorate their visit. HolidayIQ traveller AS says, "This is one of the oldest golf clubs in the country and is situated at Tollgung club. It a very big one 18 holes but need serious transformation soon to improve its level. The main clubhouse building is beautiful and regal, certainly sends you in British era. I have been here with my uncle who is in army." - 13630 Ratings, 9097 Reviews, 761 Sightseeings, 582 Photos

The Royal Calcutta Golf Club or RCGC is the 2nd oldest golf club in the world after The Royal and Ancient at St. Andrews. It was established in 1829 and in 1911; King George V and Queen Mary conferred the title of ‘Royal’ on the course, in order to commemorate their visit.

HolidayIQ traveller AS says, "This is one of the oldest golf clubs in the country and is situated at Tollgung club. It a very big one 18 holes but need serious transformation soon to improve its level. The main clubhouse building is beautiful and regal, certainly sends you in British era. I have been here with my uncle who is in army." 

7. Salt Lake Stadium Is The Second Largest Football Stadium In The World

Salt Lake Stadium Is The Second Largest Football Stadium In The World: With Salt Lake Stadium being the biggest football stadium in the country, Kolkata is the home of Mohun Bagan and East Bengal- two football clubs with cult following and historic rivalry. - 13630 Ratings, 9097 Reviews, 761 Sightseeings, 582 Photos © wikimedia With Salt Lake Stadium being the biggest football stadium in the country, Kolkata is the home of Mohun Bagan and East Bengal- two football clubs with cult following and historic rivalry. - 13630 Ratings, 9097 Reviews, 761 Sightseeings, 582 Photos

With Salt Lake Stadium being the biggest football stadium in the country, Kolkata is the home of Mohun Bagan and East Bengal- two football clubs with cult following and historic rivalry.

8. Indian Chinese Cuisine Originated Almost 100 Years Ago In Kolkata

Indian Chinese Cuisine Originated Almost 100 Years Ago In Kolkata: Over 2000 Chinese people residing in Kolkata, most of which being of Hakka origin, gave birth to the famous Indian-Chinese cuisine. Kolkata also has India's only Chinatown.HolidayIQ Traveller Sumit says, “If you visit Kolkata, make it a point to have one of your meals at any of the numerous restaurants in Chinatown. The location is a little dirty but the taste of food they serve is awesome.” - 13630 Ratings, 9097 Reviews, 761 Sightseeings, 582 Photos © wikimedia Over 2000 Chinese people residing in Kolkata, most of which being of Hakka origin, gave birth to the famous Indian-Chinese cuisine. Kolkata also has India's only Chinatown.HolidayIQ Traveller Sumit says, “If you visit Kolkata, make it a point to have one of your meals at any of the numerous restaurants in Chinatown. The location is a little dirty but the taste of food they serve is awesome.” - 13630 Ratings, 9097 Reviews, 761 Sightseeings, 582 Photos

Over 2000 Chinese people residing in Kolkata, most of which being of Hakka origin, gave birth to the famous Indian-Chinese cuisine. Kolkata also has India's only Chinatown.

HolidayIQ Traveller Sumit says, “If you visit Kolkata, make it a point to have one of your meals at any of the numerous restaurants in Chinatown. The location is a little dirty but the taste of food they serve is awesome.” 

9. A Touch Of Old Calcutta- College Street

A Touch Of Old Calcutta- College Street: The smell of old,new and dog-eared books, the touch of old Calcutta, Indian Coffee house and old college buildings. Nostalgic? The Boi Para or College Street in Kolkata has a different charm. Get awesome deals on pre-owned books at the kiosks along the pavement or sip coffee in India Coffee house.HolidayIQ traveller A S shares: “This is one of my preferred places because it has coffee house where you find some of the most cultured and intellectual crowed of Kolkata. Not to mention the name is due to presence of countless colleges over here. It has almost mile long bookstalls where you will find all kind of books and a bystander informed me that this is world's biggest market for second hand books. This actually looks true when you visit here.” - 13 Ratings, 6 Reviews, 3 Photos © padhaaro.com The smell of old,new and dog-eared books, the touch of old Calcutta, Indian Coffee house and old college buildings. Nostalgic? The Boi Para or College Street in Kolkata has a different charm. Get awesome deals on pre-owned books at the kiosks along the pavement or sip coffee in India Coffee house.HolidayIQ traveller A S shares: “This is one of my preferred places because it has coffee house where you find some of the most cultured and intellectual crowed of Kolkata. Not to mention the name is due to presence of countless colleges over here. It has almost mile long bookstalls where you will find all kind of books and a bystander informed me that this is world's biggest market for second hand books. This actually looks true when you visit here.” - 13 Ratings, 6 Reviews, 3 Photos

The smell of old,new and dog-eared books, the touch of old Calcutta, Indian Coffee house and old college buildings. Nostalgic? The Boi Para or College Street in Kolkata has a different charm. Get awesome deals on pre-owned books at the kiosks along the pavement or sip coffee in India Coffee house.

HolidayIQ traveller A S shares: “This is one of my preferred places because it has coffee house where you find some of the most cultured and intellectual crowed of Kolkata. Not to mention the name is due to presence of countless colleges over here. It has almost mile long bookstalls where you will find all kind of books and a bystander informed me that this is world's biggest market for second hand books. This actually looks true when you visit here.”

10. Victoria Memorial Will Transport You To Colonial Times

Victoria Memorial Will Transport You To Colonial Times: HolidayIQ Traveller Ashwin says, “It is a well-known fact that this place was dedicated to queen Victoria and it now a tourist destination and a good museum. It is situted at Maidan Park. It is rumination of Taj Mahal made up of white marble. Also, take the bagghi rides outside the monument. Try visiting the place in the evenings.” - 107 Ratings, 70 Reviews, 70 Photos © itchotels.in HolidayIQ Traveller Ashwin says, “It is a well-known fact that this place was dedicated to queen Victoria and it now a tourist destination and a good museum. It is situted at Maidan Park. It is rumination of Taj Mahal made up of white marble. Also, take the bagghi rides outside the monument. Try visiting the place in the evenings.” - 107 Ratings, 70 Reviews, 70 Photos

HolidayIQ Traveller Ashwin says, “It is a well-known fact that this place was dedicated to queen Victoria and it now a tourist destination and a good museum. It is situted at Maidan Park. It is rumination of Taj Mahal made up of white marble. Also, take the bagghi rides outside the monument. Try visiting the place in the evenings.” 

11. Experience Class Of The Yesteryear Bengali Aristocracy- Laha Bari 

Experience Class Of The Yesteryear Bengali Aristocracy- Laha Bari: With porticos and colonnaded verandas, exquisite chandeliers and stained glass windows, Laha Bari has always been a favourite of Bollywood directors. A visit to Kolkata would be incomplete without a visit to this place. - 13789 Ratings, 9306 Reviews, 622 Photos © blogspot.com With porticos and colonnaded verandas, exquisite chandeliers and stained glass windows, Laha Bari has always been a favourite of Bollywood directors. A visit to Kolkata would be incomplete without a visit to this place. - 13789 Ratings, 9306 Reviews, 622 Photos

With porticos and colonnaded verandas, exquisite chandeliers and stained glass windows, Laha Bari has always been a favourite of Bollywood directors. A visit to Kolkata would be incomplete without a visit to this place.

12. Why Go Far? Book Yourself At Astor, The 100-Year-Old Colonial-Style Building

Why Go Far? Book Yourself At Astor, The 100-Year-Old Colonial-Style Building: Astor Hotel is an abode of luxury that blends old world charm with new age luxury. This 100-year-old Colonial-style building is a 9-minute walk from Maidan Metro Station and 1.1 km from Victoria Memorial Museum. HolidayIQ Traveller Sanjaybhai Sojitra shares: “The Astor hotel gives you a glimpse of the British era Kolkata. A heritage property converted into a hotel is located near park Street. The rooms and the service staff are very good. The food was also good.” - 68 Ratings, 68 Reviews, 761 Sightseeings, 8 Photos © earthtrip Astor Hotel is an abode of luxury that blends old world charm with new age luxury. This 100-year-old Colonial-style building is a 9-minute walk from Maidan Metro Station and 1.1 km from Victoria Memorial Museum. HolidayIQ Traveller Sanjaybhai Sojitra shares: “The Astor hotel gives you a glimpse of the British era Kolkata. A heritage property converted into a hotel is located near park Street. The rooms and the service staff are very good. The food was also good.” - 68 Ratings, 68 Reviews, 761 Sightseeings, 8 Photos

Astor Hotel is an abode of luxury that blends old world charm with new age luxury. This 100-year-old Colonial-style building is a 9-minute walk from Maidan Metro Station and 1.1 km from Victoria Memorial Museum.

HolidayIQ Traveller Sanjaybhai Sojitra shares, “The Astor hotel gives you a glimpse of the British era Kolkata. A heritage property converted into a hotel is located near park Street. The rooms and the service staff are very good. The food was also good.”

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