Calcutta ( Kolkata now) was the capital of British India and is now the capital of the State of West Bengal. The British came as traders to India and soon created a grand city called Calcutta on the banks of the Hooghly river. Kolkata is home to some marvelous British architecture. Shantiniketan, the university created by the Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore, is near Kolkata. The finest cottons and muslin come from West Bengal. Bengal handloom sarees, the Banarsi silk sarees, Tussar sarees, Kantha sarees & Jamdani sarees are great buys in Kolkata. Darjeeling tea is one of India’s finest exports and the tea houses of Kolkata are very well known. Terracotta art is famous in Kolkata. The craftsmen of Kolkata are also known for their stunning jewellery creations.