In 1756, Siraj-ud-daullah, Nawab of Bengal, attacked the city and captured the fort. Kolkata was recaptured in 1757 by Robert Clive when the British defeated Siraj-ud-daullah on the battle field of Plassy. In 1772, Kolkata became the capital of British India, and the first Governor General Warren Hastings moved all important offices from Murshidabad to Kolkata. Till 1912, Kolkata was the capital of India, when the British moved the capital city to Delhi.
Guwahati to Kolkata to Digha: We started our journey to Kolkata from Guwahati on 30th December’2011 by Air which took 55 minutes of journey. While landing at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport we proceeded to Hotel for our halt. On 31st December, 2011 we left by train for Digha. It is 187 km from Kolkata city. Digha originally known as Beerkul during Warren Hastings time was discovered in the late 18th century by the British. It is mentioned as the "Brighton of the East" in one of Warren Hasting's letters (1780 AD) to his wife. One can view both sunrise and sunset at Digha sea beach. Digha is West Bengal's most popular sea resort and tourist spot located south west of Kolkata. The beach is girdled with casuarinas plantations along the coast enhancing the beauty of this place. These trees apart from beautifying the sands also aid in reducing the erosion on the dunes.
Vidyasagar Setu: Vidyasagar Setu (Bridge) also known as the Second Hooghly Bridge, is a bridge over the Hooghly River in West Bengal. It links the city of Kolkata to Howrah. The bridge is a toll bridge for all vehicles. At a total length of 822.96 metres (2,700 ft), it is the longest cable-stayed bridge in India and one of the longest in Asia.
The Great Banyan Tree: The Great Banyan is a banyan tree located in Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Indian Botanic Garden, Howrah. It was the widest tree in the world in terms of the area of the canopy and is estimated to be about 200 to 250 years old.