What this tour is about: If you have only one day in Kolkata, we recommend you do this tour! It combines Kolkata’s iconic monuments and buildings with the buzz of local bazaars and daily life; providing a unique window into multiple facets of this fascinating city.
We start the tour with a look at Dalhousie Square (now renamed BBD Bagh). This is the oldest square in the city, part of the “White Town” housing some of the city’s earliest and grandest buildings. We will see Raj Bhavan, Writer’s Building, the GPO, St Andrew’s Kirk, St John’s Church and several other Raj-era buildings.
From here, we will drive to the iconic Howrah Bridge, and walk through the colourful Flower Market which is at the foot of the bridge. We will drive through busy streets to visit a traditional bazaar area in North Calcutta. Bustling and energetic, this area is part of the “Black Town” and has much to see; fruit and vegetable markets, fish markets, residential and commercial areas. We will visit Kumar Tuli, the potter’s colony, where Calcutta’s famous durga idols are made. We will also walk through College Street, seeing the book bazaars and experiencing the educational / youth hub of the city.
After this rich introduction to diverse aspects of life in Kolkata, we take a well-deserved relaxing break for lunch. The city offers many cuisines; but we recommend that you taste a typical Bengali thala, a platter of multiple courses. If you’re not adventurous about food, there are also other choices; please let the guide know what you prefer and they will recommend the right restaurant.
After lunch, we will visit the Victoria Memorial, the city’s most famous monument. Built in 1921 in dramatic white marble, the Victoria Memorial continues to be Calcutta’s pride and joy. The extraordinary architecture combines European and Indian architectural styles to produce something uniquely beautiful. The galleries inside are a treasure-house of Raj memorabilia.
We will end the day with a drive around the Maidan, the vast city park which lies at the heart of the city. The Maidan is an integral part of life in Calcutta; serving as a place for rest, recreation and socializing and makes a lovely green end to the tour.
|How it works||:||This is a private car tour in which we pickup and drop from your hotel|
|Start Place||:||Your Hotel|
|End Point||:||Your Hotel|
|Cost||:||Depends on number of people, please email for details|
|Includes||:||AC Car, driver with cell phone, fuel, parking charges, tolls, English/French speaking guide, personalised tour, lunch, illustrated handouts, all taxes|