Calcutta now known as Kolkata was the epicenter of power till the advent of 20th century under the colonial rule. Better known as the city of is a contradictions, Kolkata has different sets of dynamics and ramifications for people with different mind sets. For some, Calcutta – Kolkata is the city of unparalleled joy interwoven with literary and artistic majesty. However, for some it is dirty, crowded, and noisy and replica of India that is still prevalent in the western mind.
Kolkata is one of the greatest colonial cities in the Asian subcontinent. The cauldron of poverty, dirt, and disease might be there. But, same unequivocal is its urbanity and vibrant, multi-cultural life style as this city ranks among the four major metropolis of India along with Delhi, Mumbai, and Chennai.
Grown up from a mere village in the 17th century, the history of Calcutta- Kolkata might not that ancient as Delhi. Like two other metropolis of India, Mumbai and Chennai, the evolution of Kolkata was largely due to the expansionist ambitions of the European powers, especially the British Raj. Till now, this city has some of the finest colonial edifices built in a variety of styles to make the visitors spell bound.
The most fascinating part of Calcutta is the inhabitants and their culture. The people here are proud of their culture and can go to any length to defend it. The humanity of the city can be felt only after you have a through visit. Mere reading might create a wrong idea regarding the city.
Visit Calcutta and explore the contradictions for which India is famous for.