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