Calcutta Street Scenes

No other Metropolitan city in India conjures up past urban memories quite like Calcutta does, its squalour and decay notwithstanding. Which makes for eminently fascinating walks through its distinctly dissonant neighbourhoods. Here are some (more!) evocative street scenes from the ‘City of Joy’ that was once upon a time, a ‘City of Palaces’!

Early morning fog:Early morning fog

The contrasts of ‘White’ CalcuttaCobbler, KolkataA mansion gone to seed………the story of Calcutta!Street scene, CalcuttaBelying the promises of political propagandaStreet scene, KolkataAnd Mother Teresa’s enduring legacy of compassionSisters of the Missionaries of Charity, Kolkata

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Madhu is an Interior designer turned travel blogger on a long sabbatical to explore the world. When not crafting stories on The Urge To Wander, she's probably Tweeting @theurgetowander or sharing special moments on

54 thoughts on “Calcutta Street Scenes

  1. This post took me back to that wonderful city where I learned to love and forget.

  2. A wonderful gallery of pics, Madhu. My son had to go to Calcutta on a business trip, and he was so shocked at the squalor he saw in some areas, even though he was born and brought up in Africa. It’s so sad to see how run down some of the once majestic buildings have become. Yes, that last pic is very moving, but so is the second one.

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