Tag Archives: The Grand Tour of the Subcontinent

The (Oberoi) Grand Hotel, Calcutta

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The Grand Hotel is, as its name suggests, the grande dame of the Calcutta hospitality scene. Located, as it was and still is, on Chowringhee Road, it is situated right in the centre of the city’s social and entertainment scene. … Continue reading

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Bowbazar to (former) Black Town, Calcutta

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Calcutta in its heyday was divided into two main districts – White Town, which was where the British and other Europeans lived their lives and did their business, and Black Town, which was where the local Bengalis resided. Some of … Continue reading

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Chowringhee Road to the Victoria Memorial, Calcutta

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The second part of my virtual tour of European, or “White” Town, Calcutta, has the armchair traveller exploring the two most fashionable thoroughfares in Calcutta – Chowringhee Road (today’s Jawaharlal Nehru Road), which was the centre of the city’s cultural and … Continue reading

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(Former) Dalhousie Square & the Financial District, Calcutta

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Calcutta’s former European Town is a large, sprawling, highly-planned city that occupies much of the southern reaches of Central Kolkata today. At its heart is Fort William, the fortified, walled settlement that the English East India Company established here, along … Continue reading

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The Grand Tour III-1: Imperial City…Calcutta (Kolkata)

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Calcutta (Kolkata) is the first stop on my third segment of the Grand Tour of the East. The capital of the province of West Bengal, and the cultural capital of Bengalis worldwide, it is a worthy first stop, and quite possibly … Continue reading

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