The British had sought to build ‘the second city of the Empire’ right here and it is this ‘building’ that we’ll show you in the course of our walk through the ‘European’ areas of what was once the capital of the British Empire in India. There are major plans on to beautify and restore this heritage site with its rich and varied architectural styles.
One of our most popular walks this serves as the perfect introduction to British Calcutta and gives you a sneak peek into what went into the making of the Colonial Capital of India. So prepare to whet your appetite for all things Raj.
Kolkata was divided into White Town and Black Town. The White Town was centered around Dalhousie Square is the oldest square in the City.
The most iconic buildings of Kolkata are located in this area. We would be starting our walk from the Great Eastern Hotel. We will be covering the following monuments during our short journey.
Raj Bhavan, or Government House, initiated by Lord Wellesley who famously said “India should be governed from a Palace, not a counting house”. This is now the residence of the Governor of BengalSt John’s Church, which houses the grave of Job Charnock (founder of British Calcutta), and the Black Hole Memorial (a controversial episode in Calcutta’s history)Lal Dighi, the water tank that provided drinking water, but was also a popular promenadeThe General Post Office, with its grand dome and Corinthian pillarsWriter’s Building, which originally served as the offices of the clerks of the East India Company, but now houses the Secretariat of West BengalSt. Andrew’s Kirk, a beautiful Scottish Kirk