The Calcutta Medical College which was founded in 1835, is Asia’s oldest medical school.
Kolkata is the eighth largest city in the world by population of metropolitan area.
The oldest hotel in Calcutta is the Great Eastern Hotel, which was built in 1835 by David Wilson. However the first hotel to come up in Calcutta was built by John Spence in 1830.
The University of Calcutta, India’s second oldest modern university was established in 1857.
In order to facilitate and ameliorate the transport system in Calcutta, Mini Bus started running on the streets of the city from 10th May,1972.
Greater Kolkata has more than 30 museums, which cover a wide variety of fields. The Indian Museum, founded in 1814, is the oldest in India and is the largest museum of its kind in the country. It is the ninth oldest regular museum of the world, and is the oldest institution of its kind in Asia Pacific region.
The Grand Trunk Road (National Highway No. 2) is one of the oldest road routes in India and it runs from Howrah to Kashmir.
Kolkata and Mumbai are the only two cities in India where the honorary designation of the Sheriff still exists.
The Indian Botanical Gardens at Shibpur, near the Bengal Engineering College, is home of the largest banyan tree in the world (the banyan tree with the biggest girth), according to the Guinness Book of Records.
Kolkata has an eminent place in the history of American diplomacy as one of the oldest American Consulates anywhere in the world, and the oldest in India