Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport serves the metropolitan city of Kolkata - sometimes still referred to as Calcutta, its former name - located in Eastern India. The capital of the West Bengal State, Kolkata is one of India’s largest cities (with an area of more than 180 square kilometres and a population of over 4 million) and was one of the capitals of the British Indian Empire in the 1800s. Today the city is often considered the cultural capital of India, and is known for its museums, art academies, and artistic residents.
Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Airport (once referred to as ‘Dum Dum Airport’) is located less than 20 kilometres from the heart of Kolkata. One of the biggest and busiest airports in East In-dia, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose serves more than 10 million passengers annually and was the recipient of the ‘Most Improved Airport’ Award (from the Airport Council International) in 2014 and 2015. It offers direct flights to many cities within India as well as international destinations in Asia like Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Dubai, Singapore and Colombo, amongst others.
Tourists are advised to take a prepaid taxi from the airport to get to the city, though regular taxis can also be found right outside the airport terminal (but tourists run the risk of being overcharged on their fare). A ride into Kolkata could take anything from a half hour to 2 hours, depending on traffic conditions.
Otherwise, car rental facilities are also available directly from the airport for those who’d prefer to helm their own vehicle.
What to see and do
Kolkata is famous as the place where the remarkable Mother Teresa had spent much of her life, so don’t leave the city without visiting the Motherhouse Convent, a museum and shrine dedicat-ed to the iconic nun. The founder of the Missionaries of Charity religious congregation, Mother Teresa had devoted her time to helping the destitute and needy in the slums of Kolkata after witnessing the effects of poverty there. Today the Motherhouse Convent - where she had lived and worked within - is the final resting place of her body, and a popular pilgrimage site for many Christians.
Whether you are religious or not, the Motherhouse is worth a visit. There, you can see for your-self the bareness of the house one of the world’s most admired human beings had lived in with-out complaint - Mother Teresa had little to none in terms of material possessions, but lived a full, satisfying and remarkable life.
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