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Discovering Calcutta

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Photo: Christian Witkin

Discover teeming markets, inspect stunning temples, and uncover rich history in this often overlooked Indian metropolis.

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Destinations: Calcutta

Themes: Arts + Culture

Inspired by: Discovering Calcutta Today — by Guy Trebay, Published Apr. 2009

Hotels (3)

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    Park Kolkata

    Boutique hotel that’s an easy walk to the Indian Museum and the Park Street Cemetery.

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    Hyatt Regency Kolkata

    Business-district hotel on landscaped grounds.

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    Oberoi Grand

    The Grand has been a source of civic pride and a landmark of social arrival for more than a century. A vast block-long pile at the heart of the cit

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Restaurants (2)

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    Oh! Calcutta

    The second choice, after Kewpie’s, for Bengali food.

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    Kewpie's Kitchen

    Tuck into a plate of yellow lentils and the river fish called begti at this landmark restaurant in the southern part of town.

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Activities (6)

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    Victoria Memorial Hall

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    Chamba Lamba

    A Tibetan antiquarian shop.

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    Tollygunge Club

    entrance fee $2

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    Weavers Studio

    Visit this sophisticated textile gallery and wander around in a daze induced by the wealth of crafts traditions (among other things, India invented

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    Marble Palace

    The tumbeldown manse was built during the 19th century by the trader Raja Rajendra Mullick to accommodate a strange hoard of Chinese urns and ornat

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    Indian Museum

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

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