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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Central Kolkata and the Maidan 11

South Kolkata 4

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B. B. D. Bagh

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With wide, buzzing streets lined with late-Victorian buildings and pavements taken over by vendors selling rice-based meals, snacks,...

Belur Math Shrine

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

This is the headquarters of the Ramakrishna Mission, a reform movement inspired by the mystic Ramakrishna Paramahansa, who died in 1886.

Chowringhee

  • Commercial District

North Kolkata may be the city's intellectual heart, but the slick commercial area east of the Maidan is the city's spinal cord. Now technically...

College Street

  • Neighborhood/Street

This erudite destination smells of old books and history. This was the hotbed of the Bengal Renaissance movement, and it eventally became...

Dakshineshwar Kali Temple

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Far north along the Hooghly, this 19th-century complex with 13 temples is a major pilgrimage site for devotees of Kali, as well as other...

Fort William

  • Military Site

The irregular heptagon south of the Eden Gardens in the Maidan is surrounded by a moat almost 50 feet wide. Begun in 1757 after Robert...

General Post Office

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Built in 1864 and still in use as Kolkata's main post office, this building's massive white Corinthian columns rest on the site of the...

Howrah Bridge

  • Bridge/Tunnel

One of the most enduring icons of the city, the Howrah Bridge was commissioned and built by the British between 1936 and 1943. The tall...

Indian Botanical Gardens

  • Garden/Arboretum

Across the Second Hooghly Bridge (Vivekananda Setu) in Howrah are these sprawling botanical gardens, first opened in 1786. Darjeeling...

Indian Museum

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India's oldest museum has one of the largest and most comprehensive collections in Asia, including one of the best natural-history collections...

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