Port of Kolkata
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The urban area of the Port of Kolkata is home to 14 million people, and they call it the "City of Joy." The bustling city is crowded with people, markets, restaurants, hotels, and tourist attractions. The Port of Kolkata is a huge city with a mix of Indian and British architecture and history. As in many Indian cities, Victorian-era splendor, luscious gardens, and honored colleges mix with dismal poverty throughout the Port of Kolkata. It is a cosmopolitan multi-cultural city where Indians, Chinese, Tibetans, and other Asians mix with Europeans from Germany, Armenia, and many other countries.

The Port of Kolkata has a tropical wet-and-dry climate that is more popular with tourists from September through March. Summers are hot and humid with dry spells where temperatures can exceed 40 °C (104 °F) in May and June. Winters are relatively short (two to three months), and low temperatures of around 10 °C (55 °F) in December and January. May is the hottest month of the year, with average temperatures between 27 °C (81 °F) to 37 °C (99 °F).

Visitors to the Port of Kolkata will want to see one of Asia's oldest museums, the Indian Museum. It was founded in 1814, and its collections will occupy a whole day. Some say it is the biggest and best museum in India. The Indian Museum offers a four-thousand year old mummy and an urn that is said to hold the Buddha's ashes. With more than 60 galleries, the museum contains six main areas for art, archaeology, anthropology, zoology, geology, and industry. The art collection includes paintings, decorative arts, textiles, and art objects from many Asian countries as well as from many of India's historic periods. Objects represent historic ivory, lacquer ware, and bronze works as well as artifacts from China, Japan, Burma, Nepal, and Tibet. The archaeological section contains exhibits of stone-age Indian artifacts, antiquities ranging from 2500 BC to 1500 BC, sculptures from the 4th and 5th Centuries BC, as well as late medieval artifacts, Indo-Muslim architecture, and religious treasures that have made it a place of pilgrimage.

Science City Kolkata is the biggest science center on the sub-continent. Containing two facilities, the Port of Kolkata's Science Centre includes the Space Odyssey, Dynamotion, Evolution Theme Park, Maritime Centre, and a Science Park. The Convention Centre contains a 2200-seat Grand Theatre, a mini-auditorium, and a seminar hall with ample capacity for large meetings and conferences. An adventure for children and adults, the Science Centre is one of the Port of Kolkata's most popular attractions. The Convention Centre attracts a wide range of meetings, conventions, and cultural programs to the Port of Kolkata.

The Port of Kolkata's Alipore Zoological Gardens (also called the Alipore Zoo), established in 1975, is a definite must-see in the Port of Kolkata. The zoo is home to many crowd-drawing creatures like the Royal Bengal tiger, African lion, jaguar, and the popular Indian elephant.

The Port of Kolkata's new Sabarna Sangrahashala Museum proves with its collections that the British East India Company did not in fact create Kolkata. A family museum in Barisha, is equally popular with the general public, history buffs, and scholars. It contains antique manuscripts, pictures, tickets, books, and coins. A library and reading hall are open for research and education, and the museum's gallery contains rare maps, artifacts, and documents that include an historic lease deed renting three villages to the British. The museum's coin and stamp collections are extraordinarily popular with philatelists and numismatics.

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