As the former capital of British India, Kolkata, formerly “Calcutta” presents us with a different blend of the orient and the occident. A place where colonial architecture, urban slums and dynamic new town suburbs manage to co-exist, the capital of the state of West Bengal is also regarded as India’s intellectual and culture capital.
Steeped in historical and cultural heritage, the "City of Joy" also epitomises the craze for the beautiful game in the country the best. Home to one of the world’s most pulsating footballing derbies, the stadium here, once Asia’s largest, regularly boasts of attendances close to 100,000 spectators for fixtures. Other sporting heritage sites here are the Eden Gardens, the Calcutta Golf Course and the Netaji Subhash Indoor Stadium, all of which host international tournaments of repute year-in and year-out.