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Kolkata (Calcutta)

Calcutta is a throbbing and thriving city. There are numerous old buildings around, a legacy of it's time as the capital of British India until 1911. Including the urban sprawl around it a population of some 13 million people can lay claim to coming from Calcutta.

We stayed at the Hindustan International Hotel which is very close to the Victoria Memorial. Sights to see include

  • Victoria Memorial - which gives an interesting insight into the days of the Raj
  • Black Hole of Calcutta monument - now tucked away out of sight in the grounds of St John's Church.
  • The Maiden - probably the largest urban park in the world where thousands of Indians mill around to picnic, go jogging and to play amongst other things, tennis, football, bowls and of course cricket
  • St Paul's Cathedral - an impressive cathedral built in 1839
  • Mother Theresa's House - including a museum dedicated to her life and work with the poor of Calcutta
  • Haora (Howra) Bridge - watch the thousands of people walking across the river and also site of the main flower market
  • Kumartuli - see the potters making their idols from bamboo and river clay