Forty-eight hours in Kolkata, formerly Calcutta, is not enough. But if this is all the time you have, we can help you make the most of your stay. This colonial city in West Bengal was developed by the British East India Company and then the British Empire. Today, it is considered India’s intellectual heartland and cultural capital.
The best way to begin your adventure among the riot of colour and sounds here is by taking the local tram – the oldest in Asia and the only one you will find in India. With the help of my guide, Leena, I was given a snapshot of bustling Kolkata from the tram window, as we passed through some of the most historic areas before disembarking at the Maidan, near St Paul’s Cathedral and the iconic Victoria Memorial, a magnificent spectacle of white marble.