Dalhousie Square, now known as B. B. D. Bagh was what was once the central business district. It was the nerve centre of Job Charnock’s Calcutta.Rudyard Kipling in his “A Tale of Two Cities” writes :
“Thus the midday halt of Charnock — more’s the pity! Grew a City.
As the fungus sprouts chaotic from its bed, So it spread —
Chance-directed, chance-erected, laid and built On the silt —
Palace, byre, hovel — poverty and pride — Side by side;”
This tour – which serves as a wonderful introduction to the city – takes you through the hows and whys of Calcutta helping you retrace the steps that gave birth to this second city of the Empire. Liberal doses of history with lots of photographic opportunities makes this heritage site a must do if you visit Calcutta. Calcutta which was once tipped as not only the handsomest town in Asia but one of the finest in the world is an enigma waiting to be discovered.