Titled "India's City of Joy: 3 days in historic Kolkata", Mr. Tom Vater opens the piece by saying that "Kolkata's cityscape offers a glimpse of times past: the commerce, culture and struggle of the subcontinent."
Coming over to West Kolkata, Mr. Vater suggests "Spend the day around Chowringhee, the swankiest promenade in town, lined with colonial-era buildings including the Indian Museum, the Chowringhee Mansions and the Asiatic Society, as well as markets, shops, movie theaters and restaurants." He emphasises "For sheer colonial-era exuberance, The Oberoi Grand, possibly Kolkata's best hotel, is unbeatable. Opened as the Grand Hotel in the 1880s, this fully restored edifice offers a pool, a fitness center, a spa and splendidly retro suites, while miles of historical prints grace the walls of the hotel's public areas. The staff are as impeccably formal and courteous as one might expect in this urban palace."
He adds "The Oberoi's excellent in-house restaurant Threesixtythree offers an extensive menu of international dishes, but the Bengali selections are especially tasty. Bengalis like to take their time at dinner and the thalis are drawn out and varied affairs with excellent fish, lamb and chicken choices. If that's not enough, the milk-based sweets are likely to finish off even the most hardened diner. The mishti doi, a sweet yogurt, is especially good."
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