Kolkata was once a proud capital of the British Imperial. It is intensely reminiscent of a bygone era and responsiveness that is lost in time. Kolkata was established as the trading base for the East India Company by Job Charnock in 1690, on the banks of River Hooghly. It then grew to be Asia’s major colonial trade center that has earned it the name of the ‘Jewel of the East’.
Dotted with grand Victorian buildings, decorative pools, stone-paved pathways, figured streetlamps, and all-encompassing boulevards, Kolkata can be termed and a true European-like city that reflects European architecture and its sensibility. This flourishing city became the trudging ground of newly bred sahibs and memsahibs who exuded British manners as though they were royal symbols.
Today, much of Kolkata’s architectural inheritance stand in ruins, its colossal colonial structures are not nearly as well maintained as most of the World Heritage Sites in other major cities. Kolkata is your typical self-proclaimed capital of intellectuals and home to three Nobel Prize laureates which includes the highly revered Rabindranath Tagore, who became the first Nobel laureate of Asia in 1913 and our very own Oscar-winning film director Satyajit Ray. Kolkata reflects a warm and supportive hospitality imbued with a great sense of humor. The Bengalis pride by the adage that what Bengal does today, India will do that tomorrow. The city of joy, as many refer to it as, is where you can enjoy original recipes of sandesh which is likely to be one of your most memorable experiences in Kolkata.