8 Interesting Facts About Kolkata Even Bengalis Might Not Know

Kolkata is the perfect amalgam of old-world charm and modernity.

8 Interesting Facts About Kolkata Even Bengalis Might Not Know:

  1. Botanical Garden, Kolkata (West Bengal)
  2. Eden Gardens, Kolkata (West Bengal)
  3. Science City, Kolkata (West Bengal)
  4. Kolkata (West Bengal)

1. 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."


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2. 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 the stadium it was like a dream. The grass was shining like someone put a mirror on the ground."


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3. 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 Science City. Among Science's fun, one can enjoy the different fun rides. And turn the day a memorable day."


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4. 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.


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5. 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."


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6. 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."


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7. 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 a cult following and historic rivalry.


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8. 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.


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Source: HolidayIQ

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