A trip to the west Bengali city of Calcutta is a journey through the layers of time, a travel writer has said.

A trip to the west Bengali city of Calcutta is a journey through the layers of time, a travel writer has said.

“History is inscribed on every lane, like tattoos on an ageing diva – Calcutta was once quite a diva,” wrote Somini Sengupta for the New York Times.

Dubbed as India’s first modern city, Ms Sengupta described Calcutta as a mixture of many worlds – home to Chinese, American and Armenian heritage.

“Best of all, in Calcutta, you can eat the world,” she continued.

She recommends heading to the south side of the Bethune College for Girls to sample the culinary delights of Bengali shondesh at the Girish Chandra Dey – a sweetened cheese that Ms Sengupta said is eaten at all celebrations.

According to Kolkata.org, those flying to India should visit the Howrah Bridge, the Calcutta Botanical Gardens, the Victoria Memorial, Fort William and the Eden Gardens.

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