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BY BIJU SUKUMARAN
MUST-DOS
KOLKATA
The Essential
Quick Guide For
Discerning Travellers
kolkata
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STEP BACK IN TIME
Besides serving as India’s
cultural centre, Kolkata was
the capital of British India until
1911. Victoria Memorial Hall
(
victoriamemorial-cal.org
), built
to commemorate the British
Raj, was constructed using
white marble and set within
26ha of carefully manicured
gardens. The palatial structure
incorporates both British and
Mughal designs, and houses a
museumwith artefacts relating
to Queen Victoria and Indian
independence.
Kolkata has historically been
the home to a sizeable Chinese
population. See the rich mix
of Chinese restaurants and
temples, and catch traditional
festivities like Chinese NewYear
celebrations at its Chinatown.
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A TASTE OFWEST BENGAL
Kolkata is a culinary melting
pot, rich with Chinese, Muslim,
Bangladeshi and western
influences. At street corner
booths throughout the city,
try pani puri, made with
semolina, chickpeas, potato
and tamarind chutney. Kati
roll (fried flatbread containing
meat filling) is another popular
fast food. An excellent place to
try them is Badshah (
5 Lindsay
Street, Tel: 91 33 2217 4626
).
Kolkata sweets are famous
throughout India, and K.C. Das
(
kcdas.co.in
) is one of several
packed stores with local
favourites like gulab jamun
(deep fried milk dumplings)
and rasgulla (cottage cheese
balls in syrup).
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