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Kolkata had been the capital of India during the British rule from 1858 to 1911. Being the seat of governance the British had to build the Government Houses and Town Halls, from where the business of governance and justice was carried out. Kolkata was stamped with the hallmark of authority like the era’s classic European capitals – indeed contemporaries likened it to St. Petersburg. Kolkata witnessed a spate of frenzied construction activity of buildings largely influenced by the conscious intermingling of Neo-Gothic, Baroque, Neo-Classical, Oriental and Islamic schools of design. The Writers’ Building, The Raj Bhawan (Residence of the Governor of Bengal), The General Post Office, St. Paul’s Cathedral are all examples of colonial influences, the grandest of all being the Victoria Memorial – referred to as “Taj of the Raj”.

A ride on the Kolkata Tram - Currently the oldest electric tramway in Asia as well as India`s only tramways, since 1880, the tramways has seen the city develop gradually with one half still echoing the years gone by & holding onto the last strands of it, whereas the other is resurfacing each day & with it a new Kolkata!

Experience a short ride on the hand-pulled rickshaw. These have been running in Kolkata since the beginning of the 20th Century & till date only a few hundreds in numbers have been plying on the roads and with the advent of modern day rickshaws the numbers are diminishing each day, hence hand pulled rickshaw rides are one of a kind experience. Be there to enliven it.

Story walks are a way of information being passed or simplified down in the forms of episodes of history, like as it has seen the hues & cries, the rise & downfall of empires, the changing fortunes; the early foreign settlements; political run & with it all that changes that a place has gone through & concluding it by visuals or satiating the quench for knowledge and more, whose effects are far reaching, & slowly & steadily assimilating all those facts, have shaped up story walks & the entire travel scene is never the same again. Thus every occurrence in history is stated, debated and further researched over people from far flung corners of the world, bonding over existence of life, cultures & religion.

Enjoy walk tours around heritage buildings of Dalhousie Square now known as BBD Bag; the College Street, the wholesale markets near Sealdah, the jewellery market in Bowbazar and numerous other areas of the city - each with its own unique identity.

Kolkata is teeming with tour possibilities for every kind of traveller, tourist and transit passengers.

The guest can either opt for a special interest tour or go for a general tour covering some of the prominent points of Kolkata like the Howrah Bridge, Victoria Memorial, St. Paul`s Cathedral, the Kalighat Kali Temple, the Parasnath Jain Temple etc.

Drive past or walk around the heritage buildings in the heart of the city at BBD Bag previously known as Dalhousie square - the Raj Bhawan (Governor`s Residence), Writers Building, The GPO building, St. John`s Church - housing the tomb of Job Charnock and the monument of Black Hole, The Kolkata Panorama at the Town Hall, the High Court.   

Again the guests can take day excursion trip to Bishnupur - exploring the terracotta art of Bengal, or to Shantiniketan learning about the unique university of Viswabharati and the life and works of Nobel Laureate poet Rabindranath Tagore. 

A day trip can be used to explore the remnants of the other colonies around Kolkata - The portugese carried on their trade from Bandel - the Church stands to remind us of the time, The French - had colonised Chandannagar and the Dupleissis museum serves as a memoir, Serampore - earlier called Frederiknagore was port of the Danish colony - the architectural influence is clear in many of the public buildings.