"Calcutta - Not as Bad as you may expect" Kolkata (Calcutta) by Gnome

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I always imagined Calcutta to be a huge city of unimaginable poverty and sadness. However, after visiting on a work assignment (against my will), I came away pleasantly surprised - it is not that bad, and certainly very interesting. Although there is immense poverty, it can be quite a pleasant place to visit, and very interesting, especially if you are interested in historic buildings and different cultures (Bengali). The shopping can be really good, especially if you enjoy experiencing lots of markets and large interesting crowds.

  • Last visit to Kolkata (Calcutta): Sep 1996
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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