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Calcutta

Calcutta was the capital of the British East India Company and then the British Raj before power shifted west to New Delhi in 1911. It is also India's longest continually operating port city, dating to the 19th century. During the 20th century, Calcutta became a kind of shorthand reference to India's impoverished urban residents, and indeed, in 1950, Mother Teresa founded her organization Missionaries of Charity here, for which the city is perhaps best known today outside of India.

Renamed Kolkatta by the Indian government after independence in 1947, today it is the capital of the state of West Bengal and one of the world's emerging mega-cities - a frantic, giant metropolis that nonetheless has its gentle side. Culturally, Calcutta has inspired numerous artists, writers and scholars, sparking what some have called a "Bengali Renaissance"; among such notables was Rabindranath Tagore, winner of the Noble Prize in Literature (1913) and writer of the national anthems of both India and Bangladesh.

Calcutta was the capital of the British East India Company and then the British Raj before power shifted west to New Delhi in 1911. It is also India's longest continually operating port city, dating to the 19th century. During the 20th century, Calcutta became a kind of shorthand reference to India's impoverished urban residents, and indeed, in 1950, Mother Teresa founded her organization Missionaries of Charity here, for which the city is perhaps best known today outside of India.

Renamed Kolkatta by the Indian government after independence in 1947, today it is the capital of the state of West Bengal and one of the world's emerging mega-cities - a frantic, giant metropolis that nonetheless has its gentle side. Culturally, Calcutta has inspired numerous artists, writers and scholars, sparking what some have called a "Bengali Renaissance"; among such notables was Rabindranath Tagore, winner of the Noble Prize in Literature (1913) and writer of the national anthems of both India and Bangladesh.

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Calcutta Polo Club

Dine at the Calcutta Polo Club, the oldest private polo club in the world. If they are available, dine with the Maharaja of Burdwan and his wife, who are friends of Remote Lands, while watching a polo match. On occasion, we can arrange for guests to have cocktails and dinner at the Maharaja's home, joined by leading members of Kolkatta society.

Colonial Calcutta

Have a privately guided tour focusing on the city's elegant (and sometimes crumbling) old colonial architecture, including the National Library of India, the stately 19th-century Marble Palace, the Indian Museum, the General Post Office, and the grand Victoria Memorial. At the latter, Remote Lands can on occasion arrange a private curator-led tour of areas not normally accessible to the public.

Mother House

Visit Mother House, the final resting place for Mother Teresa as well as the headquarters for her order, the Missionaries of Charity. Formed in 1950, the hall serves as both a museum and mausoleum, with her grave located on the ground floor. On occasion, Remote Lands can arrange for guests to have a private mass with resident sisters of Mother House (donation required).

Tollygunge Club

Go riding or play golf or tennis at the Tollygunge Club, an exclusive country club whose history dates back almost 225 years.

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