Kolkata (Calcutta) Sights

In 2001, Calcutta's name was officially changed to Kolkata. This transformation, like similar ones in India, was supposed to contribute to ridding the city of its colonial past. The two names are used interchangeably. Streets, too, have been renamed. Although some maps and street signs have only the new names, you're more likely to see just the old or both. Taxis and rickshaws use the names interchangeably,

but old names are still favored, as most of the new names are ridiculously long and obscure. Here are a few of the most important name changes:

Chowringhee Road/Jawaharlal Nehru (J. L. Nehru) Road

Ballygunge Circular/Pramathesh Barua Sarani

Bowbazar/B. B. Ganguly Street

Harington Street/Ho Chi Minh Sarani

Lansdowne Road/Sarat Bose Road

Lower Circular Road/A. J. C. Bose Road

Rippon Street/Muzaffar Ahmed Street

Theatre Road/Shakespeare Sarani

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South Kolkata 4

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Pareshnath Temple

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Built in 1867 and dedicated to Pareshnathji, the 23rd of the 24 Jain tirthankaras ("perfect souls," meaning sages who have achieved...

Prinsep Ghat-Babu Ghat Promenade

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The promenade between the restored Prinsep Ghat (steps leading into the river), north to Outram Ghat and then Babu Ghat, has been spruced...

Rabindra Bharati University and Tagore Museum

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Rabindranath Tagore's sprawling and well-maintained mansion is a pilgrimage site for his fans and followers. A poet, philosopher, and...

South Park Street Cemetery

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The graves and memorials here form a repository of British imperial history. People who lived within the Raj from 1767 on are buried...

St. Paul's Cathedral

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Completed in 1847, the cathedral now has a steeple modeled after the one at Canterbury; previous steeples were destroyed by earthquakes...

The Maidan

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Maidan, the green lungs of the city, and loved and prized by its people, stretches from the Governor's house in the north to the National...

Tiretta Bazaar/Old Chinatown

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Chinese settlers in Kolkata have given the city a few things to fall in love with, and the breakfast served at Tiretta Bazaar is one...

Town Hall

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Built with Doric columns in 1813, Town Hall was where Europeans of British India met to socialize. After India's Independence, the structure...

Victoria Memorial

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This massive, white marble monument was conceived in 1901 by Lord Curzon and built over a 20-year period. Designed in a mixture of Italian...

Writers' Building

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The original "writers" were the clerks of the British East India Company. Now a government office building, this dramatically baroque...

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