For some of us, Calcutta isn't a city. It's a way of life. The city's lean, grimy skyscrapers jostle for space with majestic, colonial architecture. Tracks for trams crisscross the rain-washed roads and the pavements are the domain of small-scale businesses flourishing just as well as the swarms of mosquitoes that hover over people's heads as they take an evening stroll by the lake.
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With wealth and prosperity came the architecture to match, and the cultural and intellectual awakening in the second half of the 19th century known as the Bengali Renaissance. But it endures and remains true to its character: culturally vibrant and proudly cosmopolitan. Bring layers for the early morning and be prepared to shed them by midday. But be warned that in winter, without the rain, and with farmers burning their fields to prepare for the next crop, the air quality which is already pretty bad drops considerably across northern India, Kolkata included. Bring a mask. Kolkata lights up during Durga Puja, a five-day festival honoring the patron goddess of Bengali Hindus.
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