Kolkata / Calcutta Heritage Walks | Walking Tours of Kolkata
Kolkata walking tour commencing at the General Post Office, the historic site of the former Old Fort William. Uncover the tale of the 1756 conquest of Calcutta by Siraj-ud-daulah and explore the intriguing myth of the “Black Hole.” The journey continues with a narrative on the Zamindars of Kolkata, the Opium Exchange, and the city’s first star hotel, immortalized in Jules Verne’s novel. Witness Kolkata’s transformation from three tiny hamlets to a cultural hub of the 20th century.
Spanning a couple of square kilometers in present-day Dalhousie Square, this area encapsulates the entirety of Kolkata’s role as the capital of British India. The colonial era is preserved in the architectural remnants and memorials that have endured the test of time. From memorials commemorating conquests to the ruins of defeat, the colonial past is etched across the landscape.
This guided tour covers significant sites, offering guests a comprehensive understanding of Kolkata’s history. It traces the British presence in India, from the early stages to the era when the East India Company, essentially a business entity, wielded considerable influence over the subcontinent. The captivating stories narrated by the guide transport visitors to a time when the British sought to establish themselves in Bengal amid fierce competition and the challenges posed by the ruling Nawabs of the region.
Best Walking tour in Calcutta- Explore Kolkata like a Local
The Kolkata Walk Tour features:
- Walk Tour Duration: 3-4 hours
- Walking distance: 2.5 kms approx
- Walk Tour Starts (Morning): 8 am (from Kolkata GPO)
- Walk Tour Starts (Evening): 3 pm (from Kolkata GPO)
- Tour Storyteller: Yes
- Refreshments: Packed Drinking Water + Tea
Heritage Walking Tours in Kolkata
Kolkata’s allure emanates from the warmth of its inhabitants, delectable street food, and the colonial structures harking back to the British era. Regarded as the true cultural capital of India, the city seamlessly transports you to a bygone era with its splendid colonial architecture scattered across its various precincts. Born from the amalgamation of three villages along the banks of the mighty Hoogly River, Kolkata stands as a bustling metropolis where diversity is not just celebrated but ingrained in its very philosophy. Formerly the capital of the British Empire in India until 1911, Kolkata is renowned for its trade, majestic architecture, and a rich multicultural heritage that captivates every visitor.
Kolkata: a walking and culture tour of India’s city of joy
Kolkata Heritage Walk, a captivating journey that unveils the architectural splendors of Calcutta’s rich heritage. This immersive experience offers two distinctive tours, each providing a unique perspective on the city’s evolution.
The first is the Heritage Walk of Dalhousie Square, a two-kilometer expedition lasting two hours. Explore the historic heart of the city, where it all began, with notable landmarks such as the Writers Building, the newly refurbished Town Hall, the serene St John’s Churchyard, and the iconic Metcalfe Hall.
The second option is the North Calcutta Walking Tour, guiding participants through the winding lanes and secret courtyards of the traditional neighborhoods. Delve into the history of this 300-year-old city, visiting merchant houses and noble residences. Highlights of this tour include the House of Rabindranath Tagore and the opulent Marble Palace, concluding with a delightful coffee session at the renowned Coffee House.