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Kolkata

Kolkata

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.  

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picture of Kolkata taken on a greaves luxury holiday to west bengal India
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