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"Asiatic Society" Kolkata (Calcutta) Things to Do Tip by Willettsworld

Kolkata (Calcutta) Things to Do: 225 reviews and 580 photos


Back in 1784, Sir William Jones was a visionary and, Kolkata being the capital of British India, envisioned a Society which would serve as an Asian Centre of Excellence embracing any subject within the ambit of the Asian continent. Today when you visit this hallowed institution you will come across rare manuscripts, books as well as impeccable collection of Arabic and Persian texts of Tipu Sultan, all of which are carefully preserved plus a stone inscription from Emperor Ashoka that dates from 200BC. The society is fairly quirky where you have to sign in about three times and show your passport to a guy. So expect lots of bureaucracy and a strange smell of some sort of cleaning product!

Open: Mon-Fri 10am-8pm, Sat 9.45am-6.15pm. Admission is free.

Directions: 1, Park Street at the intersection of Park Street-Chowringhee road.

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Aug 18, 2007
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