Kolkata (Calcutta) is a city often overlooked by tourists when visiting India, yet we think you will find it to be one of the most authentic and fascinating places you’ll experience.
India’s second largest city, also known as the City of Joy, Kolkata has been described as a daily festival of human existence. Scratch beneath the surface and you’ll definitely experience ‘real’ India at the fascinating wholesale flower and vegetable markets, the atmospheric holy Hooghly ghats and the pottery making district at Kumartuli.
As the former capital of British India, Kolkata retains a feast of colonial-era architecture including the impressive Victoria Memorial and ornate Writers Building. There’s plenty of history to explore too – visit St. John’s Church where the future of India was planned in a small annex room.
Locally, Kolkata is regarded as India’s intellectual and cultural capital. Dapper Bengali gentry continue to frequent grand old gentlemen’s clubs, back horses at the Calcutta Racetrack and tee off at some of India’s finest golf courses. Kolkata is also the ideal place to experience the mild, fruity tang of Bengali cuisine.