Kolkata has held on to its unique identity, a travel writer has said.

People booking flights to India may wish to include Kolkata in their itineraries after hearing how the city has a “pleasant addiction to history”.

Travel writer Ian Jack explained that often, visitors to the Asian nation find that the country’s culture has been diluted because of its economic boom.

However, the city of Kolkata – formerly known as Calcutta under British rule – has kept its past intact.

In an article for the Guardian, the journalist said that the eastern Indian destination is the least changed of India’s big cities.

“Delhi and Mumbai long ago overtook it in size as well as prosperity, and have all the familiar features – new expressways, would-be iconic architecture – of the outward-looking, international metropolis,” he explained.

“Many people who live here [in Kolkata] are happy to describe the city as ‘provincial’, which isn’t a pejorative word when it means (as it does in Kolkata) a place that has preserved its singular culture.

Written by Nicholas Scott

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