It’s difficult to cover Kolkata’s rich heritage in a blog post, but in a series of posts we shall try and cover what’s possible.
Kolkata, spelt as Calcutta till recently, was the Capital of India for over 200 years, till 1911. As such, the city is steeped in history, architecture, culture, museums, libraries, universities, theatre and what not. A few facts about Kolkata can change our impression of this wonderful city:
The Port Of Kolkata is India’s oldest operating port and perhaps the only major riverine port. The gross domestic product of Kolkata stood at No. 3 in India (in 2008) behind only Mumbai and Delhi. It’s ranked No 42 in the world amongst developed cities. Bengal was perhaps the only place in India which had a prominent and sustained Cultural Renaissance (between the 19th and early 20th century), and Kolkata being the nucleus, established roots in the various arts and culture. You can read more about Kolkata on various books and also on Wikipedia here.
There is so much to see and experience in Kolkata and Bengal, that we have been unable to think where to begin. So we start with our photographs of its streets and buildings.