Kolkata is the world’s largest processor of jute.
In 1795, two mahogany saplings were brought from West Indies and planted at Shibpur Botanical Gardens. They were the first mahogany trees grown in Indian soil.
The first modernised post office was established in Calcutta in 1858.
On November 1830, the first ever horse driven bus plied on the heart of Calcutta. It would be 1922 till the first motor driven bus arrived in Calcutta. And the famous double decker buses started plying between Shyambazar and Kalighat from 1926.
Kolkata is the largest metropolis of India by area.
Kolkata is sister city to Long Beach, California.
India has 7 Nobel Prize winners, either by birth or citizenship, to date and 4 of them are directly connected to Kolkata.
Asia’s first modern University in Serampore (a Danish settlement) was built in 1827.
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.
Kolkata and Mumbai are the only two cities in India where the honorary designation of the Sheriff still exists.