Kolkata is called the intellectual center of India. It was the capital of the country during the reign of the British, so the city has perfectly preserved monuments of colonial architecture: the Queen Victoria Memorial, St. Paul’s Cathedral and the still-existing Fort William. Right in the center of the city there is a large green park Maidan, not far from the river embankment and a beautiful bridge. In West Bengal, the bloody goddess Kali is especially revered, and in Kolkata there is the main temple dedicated to her.
Kolkata is the last city in India and one of the few in the world where racing rickshaws survived — taxi drivers who harnessed themselves into a carriage like a horse and carrying a passenger at the address. The Indian authorities tried to ban such a business, considering it “demeaning human dignity”, but the rickshaws have not given up this job so far. Read more