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Unfold Calcutta's Colonial Past

This live-streamed, interactive online experience will give you an exciting glimpse into the history of Kolkata (formerly known as Calcutta), especially from the time of the East India Company. You will get to visit the historic Writers' Building (the former headquarters of the East India Company); the General Post Office, which is also the site where the first Fort William stood before 1864; the Black Hole of Calcutta; the Raj Bhavan or Governor's House; the Lal Dighi or Dalhousie Square; and the majestic St. John's Church. As you walk by the roadside food stalls and hawkers, the guide will brief you about the local life and fare.

1 Review
From Calcutta
Online Experience
1 Hour
India
Upto 10 people
English
Highlights
  • Walk around the city of Kolkata in real-time on this interactive online tour
  • Gain insights into the history of East India Company and how they established themselves in India
  • Visit the Writers' Building, the General Post Office, and the Dalhousie Square
Description

This live-streamed, interactive online experience will give you an exciting glimpse into the history of Kolkata (formerly known as Calcutta), especially from the time of the East India Company. 

Starting from the historic Writers' Building (which used to be the headquarters of the East India Company back in the day) and the Calcutta High Court, you will walk around the historic district and get to hear interesting anecdotes about the East India Company, how they arrived in Calcutta, how they settled in the city and turned it into the capital of British India. You will also hear stories about Lord Wellesley, who served as the Governor-General of India during that time.
We will then proceed to the awe-inspiring General Post Office, which is also the site where the first Fort William stood before 1864. From here, we will also visit site of the guardhouse that housed the infamous Black Hole of Calcutta. Another iconic landmark you will get to explore along the way is the Raj Bhavan or the Governor's House. We will also visit the Lal Dighi or Tank Square, which is believed to predate British rule but is, at the same time, also known as the Dalhousie Square.
As we walk by the roadside food stalls and hawkers, the I will brief you about the local life and fare. Finally, we will end the tour in front of the beautiful St. John's Church, a jewel in the hat of this lovely "city of joy".

About this experience
Instructions
  • Please have a good internet connection and zoom app installed on your phone or laptop
  • The instructions to join the meeting will be sent via email shortly after the booking
Know before you go
  • This tour involves walking and travelling to different places, at times the mobile network may be intermittent, and the picture may not be clear. However, we will attempt to minimize such disruptions
  • You can book this tour for 25 USD per screen or as a private tour for 100 USD and invite up to 10 friends and family to join this activity with you from all over the world. You will see the option to book this experience as a private tour on the checkout page if it is available for that time slot
  • Since these are live tours, they may be subject to last minute cancellation due to inclement weather, Internet disruptions or other unforeseen circumstances.
Meet your Host
Bikash Mehra

Hi! I am a licensed tour guide from Kolkata with 20 years of experience. I provide city tours, walking tours, and am a local expert in river cruises on the Ganges. I would love to show you around the city of Kolkata, and help you explore some local experiences along with visits to the monuments and historical structures.

Tour Reviews
  • Mou Roy

    Mr. Mehra was wonderful. Our family is originally from Kolkata but it has been many years since we last visited. Mr. Mehra very effectively took us back home. Additionally he showed us a Kolkata we never knew about. Through his lens our children learned so much about the colonial past of Kolkata. He was knowledgeable, fun, thorough and detailed. It was a well planned tour and we were amazed at how much information he fit in in one hour. Our family would love to take another tour with Mr. Mehra if offered and would recommend him highly. This is a great tour for anyone interested in the history of India. Usually Kolkata is not on the itinerary of India tour packages. Mr. Mehra can make a difference.

From USD 25 / Screen
Important Information
  • Fully refundable in case of any cancellation upto 2 days before the tour.