Calcutta is a city of glaring contrasts, a curious blend of the old and the new it represents a mix of East and West; a European city imposed on an Asian landscape that gives it charm, confusion and excitement. This was the British capital until 1911 and today you can see elegant but crumbling relics of the Raj, covered in moss and mildew. It is still the creative capital of India, producing fine art, music and drama and drawing the best performers and their fans. While here you must visit the Victoria Memorial, Calcutta’s most imposing monument, opened by the Prince of Wales in 1921 and often called the “Taj Mahal” of the British Raj. Other fascinating sights include St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Indian Museum, with one of the best collections of Indian art in the whole of the subcontinent.