The culture and history of Kolkata is a long and vibrant one, reflecting the diversity of the city's religious sects. Your guide will meet you at the Howrah Tram depot, and here your walking tour to thee city's important locations and landmarks will begin. The River Ganga is your first destination, for reasons that may well be already evident: the Ganga is one of India's (and the world's) famous rivers, a waterway that has long roots throughout history that affects the entire world. In the trans-boundary of Asia, this river has played a huge role in international affairs and exploration during the ancient world. This is followed by a boat ride that takes you up to the Howrah Bridge, a suspension bridge over the sacred Hooghly River. It is one of the city's most famous symbols, linking the cities of Howrah and Kolkata together. The next stop, the local Raj Bhavan, is the official residence of the West Bengal Governor. This splendid western style structure has all the air of the White House in America and is considered far more than just a heritage building. It is a landmark of history, calling back to the past. In a similar vein, the Calcutta High Court, your next destination, is the oldest of the high courts in India. It is also very reminiscent of another western building, which is the Ypres in Belgium. The tour is rounded off by a look into local culture, and nowhere else is this more evident than a visit to the local markets. Lines upon lines of merchants with glittering wares in all directions, displaying the vibrant cultural diversity of the city. You can indulge in some shopping here, purchasing at your own expense some souvenirs or gifts to bring home, watching locals sell, haggle, and purchase items, before your tour concludes at the St. John Church.