West Bengal

West Bengal Travel Guide

Visit this sophisticated textile gallery and wander around in a daze induced by the wealth of crafts traditions (among other things, India invented block printing, calico, chintz, crewel, and tie-and-dye), and also somewhat sticker-shocked by the price tags on saris of embroidered kantha cloth or

entrance fee $2

This, the country’s largest museum, is a vast and stolid colonial edifice full of unheralded oddities and treasures hidden in plain sight.

A Tibetan antiquarian shop.

The tumbeldown manse was built during the 19th century by the trader Raja Rajendra Mullick to accommodate a strange hoard of Chinese urns and ornate statues of naked European ladies and pictures allegedly by Rubens and Murillo, whose paint now flakes and whose canvases sag in their frames.