Even after Calcutta ceased to be the capital of India, it was still considered the principal British city and the most important link in their trade and military interests in South Asia. This made it an obvious target for the imperial army of Japan during the Second World War. The area of Dalhousie, which was the centre of European activity, also became a hit zone. As part of this tour, we shall go back in time and uncover the history of this heritage site and its tryst with a war being battled far away in Europe and the Pacific waters. During the days that Calcutta was still known as the Second City of the Empire, the city witnessed air raids, blackouts, anti-aircraft guns and fighter planes taking off from main civilian avenues! Calcutta in the 1940s was always on high alert. Along with the darkness of the War came tragic events of epic proportions, such as a severe famine and violent communal riots. We will witness the grand buildings and churches as we explore the architectural legacy of Dalhousie’s boulevards and reflect on their place in the city's history. This is a tour of the grand colonial city as it was caught up in one of the most violent periods of modern times.
This guided tour is free.