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Kolkata: Guided Heritage Walking Tour

1. Kolkata: Guided Heritage Walking Tour

Embark on a journey to capture the essence of Kolkata as you explore on foot some of the most iconic and prominent landmarks of the city’s Colonial heritage. Choose from flexible options of a private tour or a shared tour to meet other travelers with optional hotel pickup and drop-off. The tour's first stop is the Writer's building, built in 1777. Once used for the lower bureaucracy of the East India Company, today this stunning Greco-Roman masterpiece is the seat of the West Bengal state government. It is a working office and hence will be seen from outside. Next, walk to the Mausoleum of Job Charnock, who in 1690 bought the villages of Sutanuti, Gobindapur, and Kalikata and over time transformed the region into the capital of East India Company. At the site, learn about how in recent times, a High Court ruling has discredited him as the founder of the city. Continue to St John’s Church, a majestic stone building from 1787, which became the principal cathedral of the region in 1815. Marvel at a painting of the Last Supper on its walls. (On Sundays St John''s church will be closed and we will see St Paul's cathedral instead). Follow your guide to the Governor’s House, built for the Marquess of Wellesley who came to Kolkata as the Governor General of East India Company in 1798. Admire its Neoclassical style with distinct Baroque overtones as you learn about how the Crown gained rule over India during the Colonial era. It is a working office and hence will be seen from outside. Finally, visit the legendary Victoria Memorial, an architectural gem built from marble. Here you can really experience the essence of the Victorian era, set in the middle of the hustle and bustle of modern Kolkata. Note the Museum in Victoria Memorial will be closed on Fridays.

Kolkata: Full-Day City Tour for an immersive experience

2. Kolkata: Full-Day City Tour for an immersive experience

Begin your full-day tour of Kolkata at the Mausoleum of Job Charnock, the founder of modern Kolkata in 1690. Visit St John’s Church which was built in 1787 by architect James Agg. This majestic stone and brick structure became the principal Cathedral of Calcutta in 1815. A highlight of the Church is the “Last Supper” painting on its walls. The next destination is the iconic Writers Building. Built in 1777, it was meant for the lower bureaucracy of East India Company. Today this Greco-Roman masterpiece is the seat of the West Bengal state government. Your guide will shed light on the landmark events which took place in India’s freedom struggle with the Writers Building as the backdrop. Since this is a working office, you will see it from outside. Proceed then to the Governor’s House, a remarkable building which was built for Marquess of Wellesley in 1803 by the famous English architect Charles Wyatt. The Governor’s House follows a Neoclassical style with distinct Baroque overtones. After lunch, visit the legendary Victoria Memorial built by George Curzon, 1st Marquess Curzon of Kedleston, and Viceroy of India. Dedicated to Queen Victoria, this architectural gem built in marble is a great place to experience the essence of the Victorian Era, set in the middle of the hustle and bustle of modern Kolkata. On the last leg of the tour, take a cruise over the holy River Ganges and explore the City of Joy from its waters. Pass by numerous ghats and under the iconic Howrah Bridge before this magnificent experience comes to an end.

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 9 reviews

Anirban was an amazing, I was very lucky to be the only one on the tour, so had heaps of time to pick his brain. Anirban's knowledge was first class. A slightly more expensive option compared to others but with it being only a small group option, and then being the only one - well worth it.

Some tour guides just have a routine and some you can tell have a personal passion and pride and greath depth of knowledge and that is definitely Anirban! Great guide, very friendly and informative tour and a fantastic introduction to the streets of Kolkata.

This is a fantastic tour and a great introduction to Kolkata’s wonderful buildings and fascinating past. My tour guide Bratati was wonderful, very knowledgeable and enthusiastic and was happy to answer all my questions. Highly recommend!

Excellent trip. Our guide was knowledgeable friendly and kind. We really enjoyed all the interest points and we were well looked after. Thank you.

It was well delivered considering the time and cost