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Kolkata and Howrah (also written as Haora) straddle the Hooghly River, with Kolkata on the east side, and Howrah on the west. Across the Hooghly from Kolkata's old quarter, the Howrah district—which holds Kolkata's massive train station—is a constantly expanding suburb. On the eastern side of town is Salt Lake City, a planned, spotlessly clean, upscale residential community.
In Kolkata itself, the Howrah Bridge spills into Bara Bazaar, the vibrant wholesale-market area that anchors the city's commerce. North Kolkata includes Bara Bazaar and Kolkata University and extends to the distant neighborhood of Chitpur and the Jain Temple in Tala. The heart of Central Kolkata remains B. B.D. Bagh (Binoy Badel Dinesh Bagh, formerly Dalhousie Square), where commerce and government have been concentrated since British times. Central Kolkata also holds the expansive Maidan park, the crowded bazaar at New Market, and the upmarket shops and restaurants on Park Street. At the south end of the Maidan are the Victoria Memorial and Kolkata's racecourse. South Kolkata has the Kali Temple and the late Mother Teresa's hospice in Kalighat and the National Library and zoo in Alipore, a posh residential community. To the east of the city is the Eastern Metropolitan Bypass (known to residents as "the bypass"), which links south Kolkata to the north. As people increasingly take the bypass (and as more affluent neighborhoods are built alongside and near it), destinations like Aquatica and Nicco Park have sprung up in the area.
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