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In the top 5 of India’s biggest cities, Calcutta or Kolkata as it is spelt nowadays is a melting pot of different cultures, sights and smells. When most think of Calcutta an image of poverty and suffering comes to mind, however delve beneath the surface and there is so much more to this intriguing city. As the former capital of British India the city oozes colonial charm which is evident in the architecture and infrastructure from the boulevards of Dalhousie Square to the splendid Victoria memorial and charming ageing mansions. Foodies will be in their element in Calcutta with the local Bengali cuisine renowned for being fruity and more mildly spiced than other regions.