Kolkata, fondly referred to as 'City of Joy', is among the four metropolitan cities of India (after Mumbai, New Delhi and Chennai) which is known for its colonial charms and historical monuments. The erstwhile capital of the British India, it houses numerous colonial and historical buildings which makes it cultural hub of India. Tourist attractions are many in Kolkata, which give a charming peek into the splendid past of the city by showcasing its cultural charms, Indian ethos and shades of history.
The Victoria Memorial is among the prime attractions of Kolkata, which reminds tourists of Queen Victoria. The Nicco Park is a heaven for kids due to several exciting games, rides and a water park. The Botanical Gardens on the bank of the Hoogly River adds to the charm of the city. The Indian Museum, among the biggest in India, houses artefacts under six different categories-majorly Art, Anthropology and Archaeology.
The gigantic MP Birla Planetarium remains among the most frequented tourist spots in the city. If the Fort William reminds of British days, then the Eden Gardens (Stadium) showcases the cricketing legacy of the city. Other popular tourist attractions in Kolkata include Howrah Bridge, Marble Palace, Writer's Building, Saheed Minar, National Library and Belur Math.