Kolkata was just a tiny insignificant village some 300 years ago. After the East India Company made it their first base in India, Calcutta then became the seat of the British power in India and developed into an economic, industrial and political centre.

Right at its chaotic heart is the Maidan, a huge green expanse with gardens, monuments and sporting facilities. At one end stands the Victoria Memorial, a white marble building which provides one of the best insights into British rule in India.

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