Kolkata

Fashioned by the colonial British in the style of a grand European capital, Kolkata has assimilated strong European influences from its colonial legacy creating a unique identity of its own. In the process it created an amalgamation of East and West that found its expression in the life and works of the 19th-century Bengali elite and continues to spawn generations of poets, writers, film producers and Nobel Prize winners such as Rabindranath Tagore and Amartya Sen. This vibrant Indian city exhibits a great joie de vivre that is demonstrated in a penchant for art and culture and a high level of intellectual vitality and political awareness. Kolkata is popularly been dubbed as India’s intellectual and cultural capital, known for its literary, artistic and revolutionary heritage. Crowds swarm to the city’s art exhibitions, book fairs and concerts, and Kolkata’s tradition of welcoming new talent has made it a “city of furious creative energy.”

Bangalore

Capital of the southern state of Karnataka, and home to some of the most high-tech industries in the country, Bangalore today is one of India’s fastest growing cosmopolitan cities. Boasting of a benevolent climate, natural lakes, gardens & parks, top-of-the-line shopping malls, architectural landmarks, world-class restaurants and hotels, as well as excellent business opportunities, Bangalore is the ideal gateway to India. The past decade has seen a frenetic surge of development, with urbanisation continually pushing the city’s boundaries outward. The city burgeoned as a manufacturing hub, as prominent companies like Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), Bharath Earth Movers Limited (BEML), Hindustan Machine Tools (HMT), and Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) established their headquarters in Bangalore.