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Kolkata: 3-Hour British Heritage Walking Tour

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Kolkata: 3-Hour British Heritage Walking Tour

From US$ 34.64 per person

Retrace Kolkata’s past on a 3-hour walking tour that explores the city's Colonial history. Learn about and visit some of the most prominent landmarks and buildings that shaped and defined Kolkata during the period of British rule.

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Duration 3 - 4 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Pickup optional
Pickup available from any hotel in Kolkata.
Private or small groups available

Experience

Highlights
  • Marvel at the Last Supper painting on the walls of St John's Church
  • Experience the essence of Victorian-era Kolkata at the iconic Victoria Memorial
  • Explore India's oldest museum, full of relics, ornaments, fossils, skeletons, antiques, armors, and paintings
  • Marvel at the Governor's House built for the Marquess of Wellesley in 1815 in a Neoclassical style with distinct Baroque overtones
  • Learn about the Colonia era of Kolkata from your expert guide
Full description
Embark on a journey to capture the essence of Kolkata as you explore on foot some of the most iconic and prominent landmarks of the city’s Colonial heritage. Choose from flexible options of a private tour, exclusive to your booking, or a join-in tour, where you can meet other travelers. You can also request a hotel pickup and drop-off for added convenience. The tour's first stop is the Writer's building, built in 1777. Once used for the lower bureaucracy of the East India Company, today this stunning Greco-Roman masterpiece is the seat of the West Bengal state government. Next, walk to the Mausoleum of Job Charnock, who in 1690 bought the villages of Sutanuti, Gobindapur and Kalikata and over time transformed the region into the capital of East India Company. At the site, learn about how in recent times, a High Court ruling has discredited him as the founder of the city. Continue the tour onto St John’s Church, a majestic stone building built in 1787, which became the principal cathedral of the region in 1815. One of the church’s highlights includes a painting of the Last Supper on its walls. Follow your guide to the Governor’s House next, a remarkable building built for the Marquess of Wellesley who came to Kolkata as the Governor General of East India Company in 1798. Built in 1803 by the famous English architect Charles Wyatt, the Governor’s House follows a Neoclassical style with distinct Baroque overtones. As you admire the fine architecture of the building, learn about how the Crown gained rule over India during the Colonial era. Take a stroll around The Indian Museum next, and marvel at the magnificent collection of relics, ornaments, fossils, skeletons, antiques, armors, paintings and more. Finally, visit the legendary Victoria Memorial, an architectural gem built from marble. Here you can really experience the essence of the Victoria-era, set in the middle of the hustle and bustle of modern Kolkata.
Includes
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (if option selected)
  • Professional guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Light refreshments
    Not suitable for
    • People with mobility impairments
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All required protective equipment is provided
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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    Meet your guide outside the white and blue entrance gate of St. John's Church, Council House Street. This place is easily accessible by Uber or local taxi.

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    • The walking tour terminates at Victoria Memorial. Guests who have chosen the hotel transfer option will be dropped off at their hotel, while guests who selected the meeting point option can ask the guide for assistance with finding local transport or booking a taxi
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    4.3 /5

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    Our guide was very informative.

    February 4, 2020

    December 30, 2019

    We knew a bit about Kolkata already so our guide had time to answer plenty of our questions. The stop for a refreshment came just in time in the heat.

    October 23, 2019

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