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
Siliguri is a city in the northeast Indian state of West Bengal. It sits in the foothills of the Himalayas, surrounded by tea gardens. It’s home to the North Bengal Science Centre, with its digital planetarium and model T. rex. To the east is leafy Surya Sen Park, named after an independence activist, and the huge, white-domed ISKCON Temple. Farther north, the Salugara Monastery is a colorful Buddhist shrine.