Kolkata, historically known, as Calcutta is the capital of West
Bengal situated on the east bank of the Hooghly River.
Despite its reputation for being over polluted and poverty
stricken, it is a sophisticated and friendly city filled with
treasures of the past and present. Known as the showpiece of
the British Raj, Kolkata is unlike the other major cities of India
as its history and architecture has a distinctly British feel, with
the racecourse, gentlemen's clubs and many fine golf courses still
in use today. The city is home to many extraordinary
Victorian buildings such as the Writers Building, gothic St Paul's
Cathedral and the imposing Victoria Memorial, an inspiring blend of
Mughal and Italian architecture.
The city is regarded by many, as India's intellectual and
cultural capital with a multitude of galleries, classical music
festivals as well as a thriving cinema and theatre scene.
Kolkata is a great place to sample the distinctive Bengali
cuisine with its fruity and mildly spiced flavours and excellent
seafood curries. Visit during the annual Durga Puja and
watch the city come to life with its colourful carnival atmosphere.
Wander around the potter village and see the extraordinary
idols being crafted in every shape and size.