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The capial of British India

A January 2003 trip to Kolkata by husain

A ride on Calcuttas trams Photo, Kolkata, India More Photos
Quote: Once the second city of the British Empire, it was until the capital of India until 1910. The colonial flavor lingers in the architecture. Calcuttans consider it the cultural capital of India, perhaps correctly. However, chaotic traffic and roads that are often dug up and pretty filthy make for a contrasting picture.

The capial of British India

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victoria memorial Photo, Kolkata, India
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Visit Victoria Memorial - the ornate 100-year-old marble structure from the days of the Raj. The design is said to have been inspired by the Taj Mahal.

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A ride on Calcuttas trams Photo, Kolkata, India
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Calcutta trams lend character to the city and are one of the things that go into defining the city's look. However, there is pressure to remove them as they are sometimes the cause of traffic jams. The one way they bring in the moolah these days is by donning the colors of advertisers and by ending up looking like moving billboards.

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A ride on Calcuttas trams
Central Calcutta
Calcutta, India

St. Pauls Cathedral

Attraction | "St> Pauls Cathedral"

St. Pauls Cathedral Photo, Kolkata, India
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St. Paul's Cathedral doesn't exactly have the kind of architecture that you would expect to find in the middle of Calcutta - you sure can feel kind of out of place standing here!

Built in the `Indo-Gothic' style in 1839, it was damaged and subsequently restored more than once due to earthquakes.

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St. Pauls Cathedral
close to Eden gardens
Calcutta, India

Bridge on the river Hooghly Photo, Kolkata, India
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Vidyasagar Setu is one of Calcuttas landmarks and is also known as the `second Hooghly bridge'. The largest bridge of its kind in Asia, it bears a resemblance to San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge. The area around the bridge is a popular spot to hang out.

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Bridge on the river Hooghly
calcutta
Calcutta, India

Victoria Memorial

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Victoria Memorial Photo, Kolkata, India
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On the death of Queen Victoria, the viceroy to India, Lord Curzon, decided to construct a memorial to honor the queen. Much of the funds for the project were raised from voluntary contributions by the Indian princes and the general public.

Today the museum houses a major collection of paintings, sculptures, and manuscripts from the British period.

Here's their website.

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Victoria Memorial
Calcutta
Calcutta, India