India's largest
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Why locals love it

Started by British East India Company as British soldiers' wives and girlfriends were in England. The East India Company used to bring local widows to the area for sex work. Its area contains several hundred multi-story brothels and an estimated 11,000 sex workers (2012).

Why you should visit it

There are some legends that this area was owned by Dwarkanath Tagore. He and some local zamindars are said to have started a brothel business. Brothels extended in every direction, block after block. The area was a vast expanse of lanes, houses, shops, and of course, sex workers.

Special tip

Do not carry debit card, expensive mobile phone and much money.

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Kolkata's red light area, watch from distance
July 13, 2019
  • Sonagachi

    Kolkata 700005, West Bengal, India
  • Mo-Su: 10:30-05:00

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