11 Unknown Facts about Kolkata that most Bengalis don’t know

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We know you love Kolkata a lot, but how much of it do you really know the city? Here are some facts that you might not have known about Kolkata.


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Did you know Science City is the largest science centre in the country? Yes, Science City is the largest in the country and probably the best place for a student to visit and learn amusing aspects of science with fun.


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However may you perceive this; it’s a fact that Kolkata is the only city in India with hand pulled rickshaws.


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The Royal Calcutta Golf Club is the 2nd oldest Golf Club outside UK after 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.


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The U.S. Consulate in Calcutta, founded on 19th November, 1792, is the second oldest consulate of the U.S Department of State. It is located on the Chowringhee Road, near Maidan.


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Kolkata Book Fair is the most attended Book Fair in the world. It s also the largest non-trade book fair and has the largest conglomerate of books after, Frankfurt Book Fair and the London Book Fair.


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The Indian Chinese Cuisine originated in Kolkata more than 100 years ago as more than 2000 Chinese of Hakka origin lives in Kolkata. Kolkata also has its own China town.


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The Khidderpore Dock is the oldest port in India and also the only riverine port in the country.


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Though Calcutta wasn’t a city of princess, but the Calcutta Polo club is the oldest in the world.


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Books and love of reading for Bengalis goes back a long time. The National Library is the largest public library in the country.


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The Kolkata Zoo is also the oldest zoo in the country.


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Kolkata is often referred to the city as the “city of joy”, but it also goes by other names— “city of processions”, “city of palaces”, and also the “cultural capital of India”.

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