January 25, 2012 Kalyan Panja 0 Comments

Lufthansa started its relationship with India in 1959, when a Lufthansa Lockheed L1049G Super Constellation landed in Calcutta to signal the launch of Lufthansa's scheduled services to India. 



Kolkata Airport

January 24, 2012 Kalyan Panja 0 Comments

Kolkata airport has a distinguished place in the history of aviation, traditionally serving as a strategic stopover on the air route from Europe to Indochina and Australia. Many pioneering flights passed through the airport, including that of Amelia Earhart in 1937. In 1924, KLM began scheduled stops at Kolkata, as part of their Amsterdam to Batavia (Jakarta) flight. The same year, a Royal Air Force aircraft landed in Kolkata as part of the first round-the-world expedition by any air force.

Sir Stanley Jackson, Governor of Bengal, opened the Bengal Flying Club at Kolkata aerodrome in February 1929. In 1930, the airfield was made fit for use throughout the year, and other airlines began to utilise the airport. Air Orient began scheduled stops as part of a Paris to Saigon route, and Imperial Airways began flights from London to Australia via Kolkata in 1933. This began a trend that drew many airlines to Kolkata airport.

Kolkata played an important role in the Second World War. In 1942, the United States Army Air Force 7th Bombardment Group flew B-24 Liberator bombers from the airport on combat missions over Burma. The airfield was also used as a cargo aerial port throughout the war for supplies and equipment by Air Transport Command, as well as being a communication centre for the Tenth Air Force.[13]

Passenger services grew after the Second World War. Kolkata became a destination for the world’s first jet-powered passenger aircraft, the de Havilland Comet, on a British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) route to London. Furthermore, in 1964 Indian Airlines introduced the first Indian domestic jet service, using Caravelle jets on the Calcutta - Delhi route



Prawn Curry

January 20, 2012 Kalyan Panja 1 Comments

Prawn is a major dish in Bengal and the Chingri Malaikari or Prawn Cream-curry is a delicious Bengali dish, which, the housewives of Bengali homes are the best cooks of this authentic Bengali cuisine.



Bleeding Heart

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Bally bridge at Night

January 18, 2012 Kalyan Panja 0 Comments

Vivekananda Setu also called Willingdon Bridge and Bally Bridge is a bridge over the Hooghly River linking the city of Howrah, at Bally, to its twin city of Kolkata, at Dakshineswar. Built in December 1932, it is a multispan steel bridge and was built to provide road cum rail link between the Calcutta Port and its hinterland and is 2,887 feet (880 m) long.



Poush Parbon

January 14, 2012 Kalyan Panja 0 Comments

In Bengal, Makar Sankranti is also known as Poush Sankranti being celebrated on the last day of the Bengali month of Poush and is celebrated as a harvest festival Poush Parbon. The freshly harvested paddy along with the date palm syrup in the form of Khejurer Gur is used in the preparation of a variety of traditional Bengali sweets made with rice flour, coconut, milk and 'khejurer gur' (palm jaggery) and known as Pithey. Thousands of pilgrims from different parts of the country gather at Gangasagar, the point where the holy river Ganges meets the sea, to take a dip and wash away all the earthly sins.



Big Baazar

January 13, 2012 Kalyan Panja 0 Comments

Launched in September, 2001 with the opening of its first stores in Calcutta, Big Bazaar is a chain of hypermarket designed as an agglomeration of bazaars or Indian markets with clusters offering a wide range of merchandise including fashion and apparels, food products, general merchandise, furniture, electronics, books, fast food and leisure and entertainment sections.

Though Big Bazaar was launched purely as a fashion format including apparel, cosmetics, accessory and general merchandise, over the years Big Bazaar has included a wide range of products and service offerings under their retail chain. Most Big Bazaar stores are multi-level and are located in stand-alone buildings in city centers as well as within shopping malls. These stores offer over 200,000 SKUs in a wide range of categories led primarily by fashion and food products. 



Cognizant Building

January 12, 2012 Kalyan Panja 0 Comments

Cognizant’s first campus in Kolkata at Salt Lake Sector V. 



Double Decker Train

January 11, 2012 Kalyan Panja 0 Comments

Introduced in 2011, the first double decker AC train was flagged off from Howrah, running indigenously on diesel traction. They consist of nine coaches including seven AC double-decker chair-cars, with 128 seats in each coach.



Double decker Bus

January 10, 2012 Kalyan Panja 0 Comments

The British brought the Double decker buses to Kolkata way back in 1926. Over the past 86 years they have ferried four generations of Kolkatans.



Fort William

January 09, 2012 Kalyan Panja 0 Comments

Fort William, the oldest building in the city. Built by the British in 1698 and rebuilt in 1758 after being damaged in the Battle of Plassey, Fort William is surrounded by Maidan, a large park considered to be the "green lung" of the metropolis rather polluted.



Raj Bhavan

January 08, 2012 Kalyan Panja 0 Comments

The former headquarters of the British government, which now bears the name of Raj Bhavan. The building was constructed in 1803 on the model of Kedleston Hall, a country house located in Derbyshire, and is currently the official residence of the Governor of Bengal.



Calcutta University

January 07, 2012 Kalyan Panja 0 Comments

 Founded in 1857, The University of Calcutta is the first multidisciplinary modern university in South Asia, and the oldest institution to have university status.



IIM Calcutta

January 06, 2012 Kalyan Panja 0 Comments


Established in 1961, Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta (IIMC) is the first of the IIMs. IIM Calcutta is a fully autonomous institution and offers several Post Graduate Diploma and Fellowship programmes in Management, as well as a bouquet of Executive training programmes. In addition to its main academic programmes, IIM-C is also engaged in Research, Consultancy, seminars, academic conferences and research publications.




January 05, 2012 Kalyan Panja 0 Comments

The Floatel Hotel, a 4 star urban resort, floats on the River Hooghly only a hundred yards from the shore. The Floatel on the Hooghly today, between the Howrah and Hooghly Bridges, brings back that history in its splendor. The Floatel does not move, it remains in its wonderful location on the edge of the river with spectacular views of the river and the charms of this old colonial cultural city.



Flower Shop

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Sealdah Station

January 03, 2012 Kalyan Panja 0 Comments

Started in 1869, Sealdah is one of the busiest rail stations in India and an important sub-urban rail terminal. 



Elliot Park

January 02, 2012 Kalyan Panja 0 Comments


Elliot Park, situated in the centre of the city is spread over a big expanse of the southeast part of the Maidan covering 90,000 sq. feet and is a famous hang-out within the city. It is a beautiful place with lush green gardens and scenic views all around and also has a jogger's track stretching over 1.5 kms.