Kolkata for Backpackers: a culture rich metropolis
Calcutta is regarded as the cultural and intellectual capital of India, housing the oldest and largest library in India, and having produced some of the most awarded intellectual dignitaries of the country. This crowded, colourful metropolis of culture and poverty thriving side by side is sure to mesmerize and shock you simultaneously.
Calcutta for the backpacker
Without hacking your brains out, head to Sudder street. Cheap, backpacker accommodation is available here. Again, don’t be surprised if you can’t stand up straight in your room without your head bumping the ceiling.
Here are a few places of interest
This is the oldest library in India, and arguably the most stocked. Some of the oldest volumes and many, many first editions of books by great Indian authors are stocked at this library. For me, this was no less than Disneyland, to be united with words of the greats, to sit in a place graced by some of the greatest writers and read from old volumes.
Indian Coffee House
Once a meeting place for freedom fighters and revolutionaries …chances are, you will get more than just the 8 Rs coffee that you came for.