Kolkata (Calcutta), is the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal. It is located in eastern India on the east bank of the River Hooghly, and has a population of 4.6 million. It served as the capital of India during the British Raj until 1911. Once the centre of modern education, science, culture and politics in India, Kolkata witnessed economic stagnation in the years following India's independence in 1947. It has seen a resurgence since 2000 and is a popular destination today. Established in 1814, the Indian Museum is the oldest museum in Asia and houses vast collection. The Victoria Memorial, one of the major tourist attractions in Kolkata, has a museum documenting the city's history. The National Library of India is India's leading public library. Academy of Fine Arts and other art galleries hold regular art exhibitions.
(Calcutta, Pelling, Gangtok, Kalimpong, Bhubaneswar, Puri)
From the cultural capital of Kolkata and artists’ villages to the stunning natural highlights of nature and healing temples, our 13-day cultural tour of East India combines scenery to superb lodging from stylish architecture to “one of the three jewels of the Raj.”
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