The city’s former name, Calcutta, is an Anglicized version of the Bengali name Kalikata. According to some, Kalikata is derived from the Bengali word Kalikshetra, meaning “Ground of (the goddess) Kali.” Now known as Kolkata.
Kolkata has a subtropical climate with a seasonal regime of monsoons (rain-bearing winds). It is warm year-round, with average high temperatures ranging from about 80 °F (27 °C) in December and January to nearly 100 °F (38 °C) in April and May. During October and November, the rainfall dwindles. The winter months, from about the end of November to the end of February, are pleasant and rainless.
The first attempt for the introduction of a proper medical training was undertaken by Lord William Bentinck. As a fruit of his effort and long persuasion, government order was passed to set up a medical college in Calcutta which is known as Calcutta Medical College. As the resolution was passed on 28th January,1835, this day is observed as the Foundation Day of the College. What we see at the premises of Calcutta Medical College and Hospital, did not exist during the early period of its inception. An old house at the rear of the Hindu College was converted for use as the New Medical College.
Tourism in West Bengal
The name itself casts a magic spell over innumerable adventurous minds around the globe. It is indeed a surreal feeling to be sailing through the brackish water, amidst the dense jungle that has been an abode to the majestic Royal Bengal tigers and some of the most venomous reptiles on earth. Tucked amidst verdant terrains, Sundarbans offers guests an opportunity to sight a large number of wild animals and get amazed at the wonders of Mother Nature. This Archipelago is the world’s largest deltaic forest distinguished by the productive growth of littoral mangrove vegetation. They grow best in these salty coastal waters. So here goes another reason to love our State!
Nestled among the rolling hills of northeast India, Darjeeling provides the perfect ambiance of a hill resort with its mild climate and laid back charm .Its verdant hills and valleys are steeped in color, and interspersed with vast stretches of lush green tea gardens with gushing waters of the Teesta and Rangeet flowing between them. President over all these is the 8,856m Mt. Kanchenjunga looming over the northern horizon, giving a magical aura to the land that entices thousand to its environs and leaves all the senses intoxicated.
One of Bengal’s recently developed tourist destination that lies close to ever-popular Digha and Shankarpur. With sun and surf, pristine sea beach and untrammeled silt colored sand; this beach is becoming a very popular tourist spot. Mandarmani boasts of a 13 km long motorable beach where you will undoubtedly get the chance to feel the divinity and tranquility. Try to roll on the sand and listen to the waves crashing upon the shore, which will surely drive away your bustling pressure.
Founded by Tagore Family and located about a hundred and fifty eight kilometers northwest of Kolkata in Bengal’s rural hinterland, Santiniketan represents the distillation of Rabindranath Tagore’s life, philosophy and greatest works through his lifetime and the continuing legacy of his unique model of education and internationalism through a living institution and architectural ensemble. Sculptures, frescoes, murals and paintings of Rabindranath, Nandalal Bose, Ramkinkar interwoven with the colors of Basanta Utsav & the soulful tunes of Baul music, forms the backdrop for a literal translation of ‘Santiniketan’ as an abode of peace and tranquility.