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Formally Calcutta, the city of Kolkata is the capital of West Bengal and one of the biggest cities in India. Based on the Hooghly river bank, Kolkata is an “in your face” city, long recognised as the culture capital of India and still today the city sends out generations of writers and film directors. There is plenty to see and do in the city and it’s enjoyable to explore on foot with lots of rich architecture to see. For cultural travellers and visitors looking for a spiritual experience, Kolkata is ideal, boasting a plethora of fascination attractions. In the southern part of the city you’ll discover Kalighat; a shrine of very important Hindu Shakti worship that has an interesting legend behind it. While north of Kolkata on the banks of the Hooghly is the Dakshineswar Kali Temple; built in 1847, the temple is associated with the saint who revived Hinduism during the British Raj and across from the temple stands Belur Math. The Belur Math is a monastery that is a haven for peace and religious tolerance and is set in a spectacular area. In addition to spiritual Hindu buildings, Kolkata offers a collection of beautiful Christian buildings, as well as stunning examples of Mosques and Synagogues.