Calcutta Heritage Walk

Kolkata (Calcutta)

Old Calcutta was divided into a Black Town and White Town, which originated 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, housing some of its earliest and grandest buildings which 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.

Pricing:  US$ 30 per person for minimum 2 participants.

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History and Culture

Old Calcutta was divided into a Black Town and White Town, which originated 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, housing some of its earliest and grandest buildings which 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.

During this Tour:
• Walk from the Great Eastern Hotel, one of the oldest hotels in India to the 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 Bengal.
• See the St John’s Church, which contains the grave of Job Charnock (founder of British Calcutta), and the Black Hole Memorial (a controversial episode in Calcutta’s history).
• Look around Lal Dighi, the water tank that provided drinking water, but was also a popular promenade.
• Get captivated by the beauty of The General Post Office, with its grand dome and Corinthian pillars. • See the Writer’s Building, which originally served as the offices of the clerks of the East India Company, but now houses the Secretariat of West Bengal.
• Look at the magnificence of St. Andrew’s Kirk, a Scottish Kirk and walk past the Old Currency Building, catching a glimpse of everyday life in Kolkata.

Duration of the tour : 3 hours

TOUR STYLE: Heritage

MEETING POINT: at Great Eastern Hotel

END POINT: at Great Eastern Hotel

TOUR START/END: Our guide can fix a taxi for you to get back to the hotel or we can also arrange for your pickup and drop from/to your hotel with an extra cost. Please write to us for cost.

TOUR DURATION: 3 hours depending on your interest.

GROUP SIZE: Maximum 6 people and Minimum 2 People.

PRICING: All our tours are private.

INCLUSIONS: Local English speaking guide and transport as indicated.

EXCLUSIONS: Items of a personal nature, tips / gratuities for guide & driver.

WHEN: Every day at 9AM. Prior reservation required. Timings may vary slightly depending on weather / season. We will confirm the exact start time along with tour logistics once you book the tour.

WHAT TO WEAR: Please dress casually. Wear modest clothing and ensure sufficient sun protection. Also wear comfortable walking shoes.

TOUR NOTES: Please note, the food on the street is delicious but does not meet national or international hygiene standards. Although we only go to very popular places, with good local reputations, these stalls do not cook using bottled water or wash their utensils with it. So eating street food is always risky. If you prefer not to risk it, but still want to see what it’s all about, then at the end of the walk, we can take you to Haldirams where you can try chaats and other popular dishes in safe and hygienic conditions.

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