As the former capital of British India, Kolkata (formerly ‘Calcutta’) presents us with a unique blend of the orient and the occident. Kolkata is famous for its love for sport and especially its passionate following of football. Indeed, the city is often hailed as India’s football capital.
Kolkata is known for its literary, artistic and revolutionary heritage, and is often called the birthplace of modern Indian literary and artistic thought.
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Area: approx. 206 km²
Language: Bengali and English
Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan, Kolkata – The VYBK Stadium, commonly known as the Salt Lake Stadium, is arguably the most famous football arena in the country. One of Asia’s largest stadiums, VYBK was inaugurated in the year 1984 and is home to one of the world’s biggest and fiercely contested derbies, the Kolkata Derby, played between ATK Mohun Bagan FC and SC East Bengal. The iconic stadium also hosted the final of the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017, which saw a record attendance for a youth World Wup final.
Address: JB Block, Sector III, Bidhannagar, Kolkata, West Bengal 700098