One of the world's great cities, Kolkata or Calcutta as it used to be known, has been through many incarnations. From an obscure village on the banks of the Hooghly river, it evolved into the capital of Great Britains's Indian Empire. Today, this vibrant City with it's distinct imperial flavour is the capital of the communist state of West Bengal. The decision to shift the capital to New Delhi in 1911 and the urban decay of the 1960s diminished some of the city's affluence, but never quenched its effervescence. The city of Joy is the first to have Metro in India and has benefitted in reducing the traffic on the roads.
The city of Kolkata has sveral Historic Buildings, Areas and Neighborhood viz. Writer's building ( Where the Writers - Clerks of the East India Company worked), Alipore, Chowringhee, College Street, Park Street, Mother House, The New Market, Indian Museum and Victoria Memorial etc. Central Kolkata is compact and can easily be covered on foot, taxi or buses, trams and Metros. A local mode of transport is Handpulled Rikshaw which are popular in the crowded streets of central kolkata.
There are three synagogue still maintained in Kolkata viz Neveh Shalom, Magen David and Beth El Synagogues. The Jewish Girls School is still managed by the community. There is a well known Cemetery where some of the famous Jews of Kolkata community are burried. Several famous homes of the Jewish People are still seen on the park street even though now these are owned by locals.