What this tour is about: Old Calcutta was divided into a White Town and a Black Town. The White Town was centred around Lal Dighi, a water tank which provided drinking water to the town. The area around the tank (earlier called Dalhousie Square, now renamed B B D Bagh) is the oldest square in the city. Some of the city’s earliest and grandest buildings are located in this square. These beautiful buildings are still in use, providing a glimpse of Calcutta’s living British heritage. A walk through this area tells the story of the growth of Calcutta, from its early years to modern days.
How it works: We’ll start the walk from the Great Eastern Hotel, one of the oldest hotels in India. From here, we go on a leisurely walk, seeing among other things, the following city landmarks:
From here, going past the Old Currency Building, we will finish the walk again at the Great Eastern Hotel.
Optional extension: At the end of the walk, we can arrange for a guided tour through the Great Eastern Hotel, followed by their excellent High Tea. Established in 1840, the Great Eastern Hotel is a part of Calcutta's colonial heritage, hosting many world leaders and dignitaries.
Please let us know in advance if you wish to book this optional extension (available only in the afternoon). Please note, the walk will be conducted by hotel staff, and you can pay the hotel directly for the High Tea (approximately Rs 750 per person, tour of hotel available only via prior booking with us)
|Start Place||:||Great Eastern Hotel|
|End Point||:||Great Eastern Hotel|
|Cost||:||Rs 950 per person for 7-10 persons|
|Rs 1150 per person for 5-6 persons|
|Rs 1750 per person for 3-4 persons|
|Rs 2250 per person for 2 persons|
|Rs 3700 for a solo traveller|
|Includes||:||English speaking guide, personalised walk, all taxes|
|Excludes||:||Tour of Hotel, High Tea, transport, tips, travel insurance|