Located on the east bank of the Hooghly River, Kolkata was the first British-era capital of the subcontinent. The centre of the Bengal Renaissance, with a stellar literary and artistic heritage, impressive Colonial architectural monuments and a diverse mix of vibrant local experiences makes Kolkata eclectic and intriguing.
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As the centre of India’s cultural renaissance and home to illustrious novelists and poets like Sunil Gangopadhyay, Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay and Shankha Ghosh, Kolkata is nothing if not crazy about the written word. You can spend an afternoon debating Booker Prize winners with the students of Presidency College at the legendary Indian Coffee House, and then stroll down the ‘boi-para’ (book alley) on College Street. Pay tribute at the Jorasanko Thakurbari (Tagore House) the 18 th century ancestral home of India’s first Nobel Laureate. Visit Academy of Fine Arts - the stronghold of Bangla theatre - on Cathedral Road and head to Rabindra Sadan for exhibits and dance performances. If you’re short of time, we have replicated the literary fervour of Kolkata’s streets in the plush environs of the hotel. Just grab your laptop or a book from the library settle down in the comfy sofas at the Writers’ Retreat on the lobby level. This cosy nook right next to Swirl, the patisserie and deli, is the contemporary version of the adda (hangout) that’s characteristic of Kolkata.