"Holi on the Hooghly!" Kolkata (Calcutta) by illumina
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Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal, is situated on the east bank of the Hooghly River, and is one of the most populous cities in the world. It was the site of a trading post of the English East India Company from 1690, of which Job Charnock is generally believed to be the founder, and, as Calcutta, it became the capital of the British Raj until 1911/12.
Despite being a vast city and almost as populous as Delhi, Kolkata has a more relaxed feeling to it, and does feel more like a European city which I suppose is due to it's long history under British rule. It seemed very prosperous and cultured, and I really enjoyed my stay here.
We were lucky enough to be in Calcutta for Holi, which is a spring festival taking place on the full moon in either late February or March. Bonfires are lit, music played and everyone goes around throwing coloured powder and water over each other.
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