The Victorian Period in Calcutta was a time of contrasts. On the one hand, there were massive strides in science, medicine and technical education, on the other the social norms and boundaries smothered the European and the native society in the Colonial Capital. Explore this period of contrasts on this virtual trail with Chelsea McGill.
The first modern Chinatown in South Asia came up in the thriving British colonial city of Calcutta in the late 18th century. This immersive virtual trail follows the ebb and flow of life, culture, politics and food of Calcutta's Old Chinatown, the oldest in India and South Asia.
Chowringhee Road at the heart of Colonial Calcutta's social and financial centre saw large scale architectural experiments since the late 19th century. Explore some specimens of these various experiments on this virtual walk led by conservation architect Anmol Grover.
Calcutta's Dalhousie Square was the hub of British Colonial Administration in India. It's buildings, therefore, are more than just grand mansions. These were political symbols and propaganda translated into architecture to declare the greatness of the British Empire. Explore these architectural nuances with conservation architect Anmol Grover.
The Victorian Period in mid 19th century Calcutta saw the city prosper beyond imagination. But this prosperity came with an active underworld where bandits, swindlers and serial killers operated by ingenious means to give a fledgeling Calcutta Police a run for their money. Explore this late Victorian crime scene in Calcutta on this virtual trail.
World War II brought a devastating manmade famine, a constant fear of Japanese bombing and a lot of distrust and paranoia to Calcutta. Explore the lanes of the city virtually to discover these stories etched in them.