A walk through the heritage of East India Company - Kolkata

This experience is designed for exploring the 18th & 19th Century’s India when it was under East India Company - a conglomerate backed by the British Empire. Back then Calcutta was a capital city from where the East India Company controlled most parts of the world This tour gives an insight into important buildings and history of yesteryears.
The tour starts with the pick from centrally located hotels and dropping at the Malik Flower market from where the guests will take the further tour walking. Walkthrough the memory lane with our guide who will share numerous legends & significance of each building. The major places covered in this 2 hours of walk will be the 'Black Hole', famous Writer's Building, the former HQ of the infamous East India Company, around the square too, among others, the magnificent Governor's House, Calcutta High Court, Town Hall, General Post Office and the almost forgotten Charnock Mausoleum. The tour ends by dropping the guests at their respective hotels.

per adult from

$141

NZD

Duration

4 hours

Pickup

Hotel pickup available

Voucher

Mobile ticket

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  • What's included :
    • Pick up and Drop Services
    • English Speaking Guide
    • Tolls and Taxes
    • Coconut water at St. Johns Church
    • Entry/Admission - Malik Ghat Flower Market
    What's excluded :
    • Personal and Shopping Expenses
    • Tips and Gratitude
    • Meals and Drinks
    • Entry/Admission - Black Hole Monument (Holwell Monument)
    • Entry/Admission - Raj Bhavan
    • Entry/Admission - Calcutta High Court
    • Entry/Admission - Town Hall
    • Entry/Admission - St. John's Church
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Malik Ghat Flower Market, Southeast end of Howrah Bridge, Kolkata (Calcutta) India

    A 130 years old flower market is perhaps the biggest flower market in India attracting more than 2000 vendors in a day. There are porters, bearing baskets of flowers on their heads, some wear them on their shoulders, while the rest go the old-fashioned way, spread on the ground.
    The market has an undying pleasant aroma filling the air and is fascinatingly colorful virtually 24 hours a day. It is a sight to watch so many people earning their livelihood and an equal number of people buying flowers.


    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: B.B.D. Bagh, Kolkata, West Bengal, India

    : The former Dalhousie Square, now known as Benoy-Badal-Dinesh Bagh, is an oasis at the heart of modern Kolkata, formerly Calcutta, in eastern India. In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Calcutta was the capital of British India and Dalhousie Square was the city’s financial, social, and political nucleus.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Black Hole Monument (Holwell Monument), 3, Church Ln, B.B.D. Bagh, Kolkata, West Bengal 700001, India

    The Blackhole of the Fort William is famous for the massacre of British Prisoners of war in 1756 when Siraj-ud-Daulah attacked the fort to stop East India Company from further fortification, many of the soldiers died, the remaining one was imprisoned in Blackhole out of 69 only 21 survived. Witness the horror story of the bygone years

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Raj Bhavan, Marx Engels Beethi Rd, Governors Camp, B.B.D. Bagh, Kolkata, West Bengal 700062, India

    The Raj Bhavan was built at the behest of the Marquess of Wellesley (1760-1842), the future Duke of Wellington's elder brother. He had come to India in 1798 as Governor-General of Bengal for the East India Company., and had found the present rented accommodation unsuitable. The company's Civil Architect at that time was a colorful Italian, Edward Tiretta; but on this occasion, young Lieutenant Wyatt's plans won the day. As seen here, the main front with its elegant classical portico is approached by a grand set of stone steps. The central part then curves forward into sturdy three-story pavilions at each end.

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Calcutta High Court, B.B.D. Bagh, Kolkata, West Bengal 700001, India

    The Calcutta High Court is the oldest High Court in India. The High Court building's design is based on the Cloth Hall, Ypres, in Belgium.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Town Hall, Kolkata (Calcutta) India

    The majestic Town Hall is an important heritage building of Kolkata. This majestic and historic structure stands witness to some historical gatherings that took place within its walls. The construction of this building was completed in 1814. It is a fine structure built in the Doric style of architecture with steps leading to a grand portico in front. The carriage entrance is at the back under a lofty covered portico. The building is two-storied and was originally used for public meetings, receptions, balls, and concerts that generally took place on the upper floor, which is boarded with teak with a thirty feet high ceiling.

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: General Post Office, Netaji Subhas Rd Fairley Place, B.B.D. Bagh, Kolkata (Calcutta) 700001 India

    The GPO is notable for its imposing high domed roof (rising over 220 feet) and tall Ionic-Corinthian pillars. A Postal Museum that was built in 1884 displays a collection of artifacts and stamps. The staircase at the eastern side of the GPO features a brass plate, which marks the eastern end of the Old Fort William. This is probably the only remaining of the ancient fort of Calcutta. Recently a marble plaque has been installed on the Eastern walls of GPO, which highlight the Brass Plate.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: St. John's Church, 2/2, Council House St, opp. Dewars Garage, Lal Dighi, B.B.D. Bagh, Kolkata, West Bengal 700001, India

    The St. John’s Church is the third oldest church of Kolkata. It is an important heritage site of Kolkata. An original Parish Church of Bengal, it became the principal Cathedral of Calcutta in 1815 and remained so until the consecration of St. Paul’s Cathedral in 1847. The church is a rich repository of old memories and some historic monuments related to the history of Kolkata. Warren Hastings and Reverend William Johnson, Chaplain from 1770, were the prime movers for the construction of the church.

    Duration: 20 minutes

  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Pick up and drop facilities are available from all the centrally located hotels in Kolkata.
    Return Detail :
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    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Language

English

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

5

Organised by Invato Travel

Activity ID: V-162853P150

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