Kolkata is a city that tends to elicit rather extreme reactions from travellers: Dominic Lapiere called it 'The City of Joy'; Rudyard Kipling called it 'The City of the Dreadful Night'. However, the fact is that for those with the sensitivity to look beyond, Kolkata offers a rewarding experience.
There are many facets to Kolkata. For one thing, it is a noted cultural centre, famed for its cinema, poetry, music, art and cinema. For another, it offers up some wonderful memorabilia of the British Raj. But, above all, Kolkata is an intensely human city and the warmth and charm of its people is to be experienced to be believed.