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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B. B. D. Bagh

  • Plaza/Square/Piazza

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

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...

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

  • Building/Architectural Site

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...

Indian Museum

  • Museum/Gallery

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

Ochterlony Monument

  • Memorial/Monument/Tomb

On the north end of the Maidan stands a 148-foot pillar commemorating Sir David Ochterlony's military victories over the Nepalese in...

South Park Street Cemetery

  • Cemetery

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

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

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

The Maidan

  • Park (National/State/Provincial)

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...

Victoria Memorial

  • Building/Architectural Site

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...

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