My Love for Travelling

Travelling is in my blood. Whenever the travel bug bites me I have to get out of my house to explore some new places, know some new culture and taste some new food. My love for travelling is eternal and it will keep grow as time progresses.

I’ve travelled to many places, within India, and explored many unknown horizons. I still remember my childhood days when I used to go to Digha & Puri with my parents very often. I was 8 or 9 years old that time but I could still remember those days of playing on the beach and my fear of getting into the sea where my siblings and parents were enjoying the waves. I went to a trip without my parents for the first time when I was in 8th standard. It was my school trip and we were travelling to the northern part of India covering Delhi, Haridwar, Rishikesh and other places. It was a great fun going with the group.

There are no foreign lands. It is the traveller only who is foreign. – Robert Louis Stevenson

My instinct for travel keeps growing and I have also explored certain parts of Assam – primarily upper Assam. One of my friends has his house in Assam, so I was fortunate to travel to one of the seven sister states twice and both the time I stayed in his house. It was a great trip and enjoyed the beauty of the state.

My eternal love from travelling is contagious and it has affected my better half, my wife, Manasi too. After marriage, I gradually made her understand my love for travel and now she is also at the same frequency as mine and now we travel together. As I stay in Bangalore we are trying to cover as many places as possible in the southern India. Our latest trip was to Hampi during the last long weekend of Ganesh Chaturthi. Hampi is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India. It was a fabulous trip and we enjoyed every possible nuke and corner of the place. But still, we feel that it is not yet covered completely and will make some time again soon to go for the second trip to beautiful Hampi. It would be an injustice if I don’t mention places like Mysore, Ooty, Coonoor, Kodaikanal, Kanyakumari, Rameshwaram, Madurai, Cochin, Trivandrum, Kovalam, Calicut, Coorg, Wayanad, Yelagiri, Beypore, Goa, Chennai, Pondicherry, Mahabalipuram, Vijayawada, Mumbai and Pune in this post where I have travelled. It’ll become a lengthy post if I capture all my travel stint in this one post and I don’t want to bore you.

My love for travelling will continue and I want the travel bug to keep biting me so that I can explore and experience new places. This love is never ending and will continue my travelling spree.

This post is a part of #MyFriendAlexa campaign by Blogchatter to take My Alexa Rank to the next level

779 total views, 3 views today

Beach Destinations near Kolkata

This is the second series in the places of interest around Kolkata. When I curated the first post in the series I was very much inspired to do the second post. My aim for curating this series is to capture the beautiful places of interest near Kolkata, which are primarily the popular weekend destinations for the people of Kolkata. I won’t say that I’ve not visited the places listed in this post but would say that I’ve visited few of them. It was long back when I visited Puri, Chandipur, Digha and Mandarmani – rather I would say it was during my childhood days. I love to visit these places but as I stay out of my hometown, Kolkata, and go there for a just couple of weeks on vacation it becomes quite difficult to manage time to visit these places. This post will be exploring some of the popular beach destinations near Kolkata. Let me take you all there and you will find the information in this post useful while making you next travel plan.

Digha: Digha is one of the most popular weekend destinations for the Kolkata people. Being located just about 185 km from the city it has become one of the most frequently visited beach destinations near Kolkata. Digha is the most sort after beach retreat for the Kolkata people. This beach destination is located in East Midnapore district of West Bengal. The beaches of Digha has chains of Casuarina trees, which are treated to the nature lovers. Digha has two locations – Old Digha and New Digha.

Digha Beach
Photo Credit: The Route

Mandarmani: Mandarmani is another very popular and celebrated beach destination near Kolkata. In the last couple of years, the frequent visit of the tourists has made Mandarmani as one of the popular beach destinations near Kolkata. Mandarmani is 163 km drive from Kolkata on the way to Digha and has become an ideal getaway for the city people to take refuge in the lap of nature. Mandarmani beach is a golden sand-laden beach with lush green vegetation. There are numerous resorts and hotels available for you to relax and enjoy your weekend.

Mandarmani Beach
Photo Credit: I Am Blogger

Shankarpur: Located about 185 km from Kolkata, just about 14 km away from Digha, Shankarpur is becoming one of the popular beach destinations near Kolkata. Shankarpur is an utterly serene and comparatively less explored travel destination in West Bengal. If you love to be in a lonely secluded place and enjoy the sheer tranquil voice of the sea then there is nothing better than Shankarpur for you. Shankarpur offers real rejuvenation to its visitors with its blissful seclusion and astounding beauty of nature.

Shankarpur Beach
Photo Credit: Flick River

Bakkhali: If you are looking for a beach holiday but do not want to drive a large distance from the city then Bakkhali is the ideal place for you. It is just about 132 km drive from Kolkata and is an ideal beach destination for the tourists who want avoid commercialization and crowd. Bakkhali is located in the southernmost part of West Bengal and is regarded as the hidden treasure of nature. You can visit the crocodile propagation center and the windmill of Frasergunj here. Take a romantic walk on the serene beach of Bakkhali.

Bakkhali Beach
Photo Credit: West Bengal Tourism Dept.
Junput: About 145 km away from Kolkata, Junput offers you abundant greenery and heavenly tranquility. If you are planning for a relaxing weekend trip, you can choose to go to Junput. There is nothing much activities lined up for you in Junput but just to relax. This beach destination offers you to enjoy the rhythmic sound of the sea waves blended with gentle breeze and lining of Casuarina groves across the sea shore. Junput sea beach is an ideal romantic getaway for the couples. The Kapalkundala temple and the museum of fishery department are the two places that you can explore during your visit.

Junput Beach
Photo Credit: Bengal Weekend

Talasari Beach: The Talasari beach is the perfect escapade for you to relax from the hustle-bustle of the city life. This beach destination is about 191 km away from Kolkata in the West Bengal-Odisha border. The non-chaotic environment, fresh air and eye-soothing natural beauty will be rejuvenating for you. Visit the Chandaneshwar temple and the nearby Udaipur beach while you are here. This is the place where Talasari River Subarnarekha meets the Bay of Bengal.

Talasari Beach
Photo Credit: Holidify

Chandipur: Chandipur, located 265 km away from Kolkata, is a less-crowded seaside retreat for the Kolkata people. You can reach Chandipur by train from Howrah station. Chandipur is located in Baleshwar district in the state of Odisha. The main attraction of Chandipur is its beach, which turns out to look stunning during the ebb tide. This is a natural phenomenon that occurs twice a day leaving a long stretch of beautiful golden sand beach for your treat.

Chandipur Beach
Photo Credit: Another Indian

Puri: When we talk about the popular beach destinations near Kolkata, the list remains incomplete if we don’t mention Puri. It is the most favorite and loved beach destination for the people of Kolkata. It is an overnight journey in train from Howrah station. The famous Shri Jagannath Temple is the primary attraction of Puri. You can also visit the Konark Sun Temple, Nandankanan Zoological Park and Chilka Lake while in Puri. The seafood stalls lined up near the sea shore are heaven for all the foodies. Rath Yatra is the grandest festival in Puri.

Puri Beach
Photo Credit: Odisha Rajya
Sand Art at Puri Beach
Photo Credit: India Tourism
Puri Rath Yatra
Photo Credit: NDTV

I come to an end of this post with some favorite beach destinations near Kolkata. These are some of the beach destinations that are most sort of and loved by the people of Kolkata. Though it looks very tough to make time to go to these places I’m positive that sometimes I will be able to make time during my visit to my hometown to explore these places.

350 total views, 4 views today

Places of Interest Around Kolkata – Series 1

Travel is rejuvenation for me, I am sure it is the same for most of the people. I love traveling to different places to gain experience from the places. My travel experiences include the culture as well as food of that particular place. When I go for exploring a place I ensure that I grasp most of the essence of that place. Prior to this post I’ve curated posts longing for six series about various places of interests in Kolkata. A thought came to my mind why not curating a post about the places of interest around Kolkata. I will be featuring few of the nearby places of interest around Kolkata in this post.

Though there are plenty of places to see within the city – there are many interesting places outside the city that are worth your time. As of now I’m not completely sure as to in how many series I shall curate this post of places of interest around Kolkata. But it surely will be of more than one post. So without taking much of time let’s start our tour to outside the city of joy. To set up the expectation, this post about places of interest around Kolkata will be about places not very far away from Kolkata that are mostly regarded as weekend gateways.

ISKCON Temple, Mayapur: Mayapur ISKCON Temple is one of the highly popular weekend destination of the people of Kolkata. Located just about 130 km away from the city Mayapur offers you a relaxing weekend trip amidst serene natural beauty and religious ambiance. The place carries special significance to the Gaudiya Vaishnavism followers as it is the birthplace of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, who is regarded as a special incarnation of Lord Krishna. The ISKCON temple in Mayapur is visited by more than a million devotees annually.

Mayapur ISKCON Temple Entrance Photo Credit: Radhanath Swamy Yatras
The Main Temple
Photo Credit: Arpita Life Ups & Downs

Krishnanagar: Now that you have traveled to Mayapur, why not take a leap to explore Krishnanagar as well, which is just about 20 km away from Mayapur. It offers you art and cultural heritage of Bengal to cherish. Krishnanagar is located on the southern banks of Jalangi River in Nadia district in the state of West Bengal. The name of the place is kept under the name of its historical ruler Raja Krishna Chandra. The prime attraction of Krishnanagar is the Krishnanagar Rajbari (Palace) and the Roman Catholic Church. Krishnanagar is popular for the well-known clay idols.

Krishnanagar Rajbari Entrance
Photo Credit: Weekend Destinations
Krishnanagar Clay Idols
Photo Credit: Anil’s Blog

Sajnekhali: Have you been to Sundarbans, the largest natural mangrove forest in the coastal area? If not then you should. Sajnekhali is a part of the Sundarbans Tiger Reserve. The main attraction here is the Sajnekhali Bird Sanctuary, which is located in the splash greenery of Sundarbans. This wildlife gateway is the paradise for the avid wildlife enthusiasts and bird watchers. This wildlife paradise is just about 108 km away from Kolkata. It  is one of the very popular weekend destinations for the city people.

Sajnekhali Wildlife Sanctuary
Photo Credit: Kolkata Tours

Bolpur: This is one of the most popular weekend destination for all Bengali people. Bolpur is still untouched by the dissonance and clutter of the busy city life. The enchanting harmony of the folk and Baul songs blended with the sweetness of the chirping birds in the nature will mesmerize you for sure. You are very close to the world famous Visva Bharati University, Santiniketan and Sriniketan. The main attraction of Bolpur is Santiniketan, which remains in its colorful phase during Poush Mela or Basanta Utsav. Bolpur is just about 163 km drive from Kolkata.

Bolpur Station
Photo Credit: Wikimapia
Shantiniketan Kala Bhavan
Photo Credit: Go Bengal
Santiniketan Basanta Utsav
Photo Credit: The Telegraph
Santiniketan Poush Mela
Photo Credit: Bongfeed

Mukutmanipur: About 250 km away from Kolkata, Mukutmanipur is a place with serene natural beauty. This stunning place displays the beauty of azure waterbody that is surrounded by forests and hills. Mukutmanipur is nuzzled at the confluence of two rivers – Kangsabati and Kumari – seeks attention for the necklace-shaped dam. This travel destination in Bankura district in the state of West Bengal offers you boating and you can visit Bonpukuria Deer Park.

Serene Nature of Mukutmanipur
Photo Credit: Odyssey On Going
Bonpukuria Deer Park
Photo Credit: Holiday IQ

Here I come to an end of this post as I don’t want to make it lengthy to make you lose the interest of reading it. The purpose of the post will not be served then. Hence making it short with five places in this post. It will be back with the next post in the series with few more places of interest around Kolkata. Till then happy reading!!

111 total views, 2 views today

KOLKATA SERIES 6: Places you must see in Kolkata

It’s the Finale Time!! This is the final post on the Kolkata Series – places you must see in Kolkata. It has been a real fun working on this series. I got to know my city even more deeply. Being a travel enthusiast the idea of curating a post about the interesting places in Kolkata came to my mind, which will be of help for the fellow travellers visiting the city of joy. This places you must see in Kolkata series has been a very satisfying to me. I took immense pleasure in curating this series. Now since I’m concluding this series with this post that will open door for me to take a look at other cities to explore and share the same with other travel enthusiasts and active readers of my blog. So stay tuned for that.

Without making much of introduction let’s take a dive and explore the 6th layer of Kolkata’s five more interesting places. This will be a mix n match kind of places that I’ll cover in this post.

National Library: The National Library Kolkata is the largest library in India in terms of volume and the library of public records in India. The library operates under the Department of Culture under the umbrella of the Ministry of Tourism & Culture, Government of India. The library houses more than 2.2 million books. The National Library Kolkata was established in 1953 and is located in the Belvedere Estate in Kolkata. The library is open on all seven days from 10 AM to 6 PM.

Photo Credit: Mapio

Nandan: Nandan is a film and cultural centre in Kolkata, which is sponsored by the West Bengal government. Nandan was officially inaugurated on 2 September 1985 by the renowned film-maker Satyajit Ray. The complex is a highly popular destination for the young and the aged people alike and not just a modern cinema and cultural complex. Nandan had been one of the main venues hosting Kolkata International Film Festival, until 2010.

Nandan Entrance

Indian Coffee House: Indian Coffee House Kolkata is one of the most popular and favourite hang-out places of the people in Kolkata. The Indian Coffee House has many branches in Kolkata including College Street, Central Avenue, Kolkata Medical College and Jadavpur. The College Street Coffee House is the most popular among all, which is located on Bankim Chatterjee Street. The history says the College Street Coffee House was founded in April 1876 in the Albert Hall. The renowned people like Rabindranath Tagore and Subhas Chandra Bose were frequent visitors of this famous cafe. The cafe is a meeting place for artists, poets, literati and many other people from the world of art and culture. Apart from West Bengal Indian Coffee House is also located in other places of India like Kerala, Karnataka, Chandigarh and Himachal Pradesh.

Photo Credit: Flickr

Botanical Garden: The famous Botanical Garden in Shibpur in Howrah district of West Bengal is one of the interesting places you must see in Kolkata. Though it is not in the city of Kolkata, the Botanical Garden is counted in the list of must visit places in Kolkata. The original name of the garden is Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Indian Botanic Garden but most commonly known and Calcutta Botanical Garden. The garden has a wide variety of very rare species of plants with a collection of more than 12000 species. This is a no-plastic zone and The Great Banyan, a huge banyan tree, is a popular landmark in the garden. It is regarded as the largest tree in the world with more than 330 meters in circumference and forms the second largest canopy in the world. The garden is open from 5 AM to 7 PM throughout the week.

Photo Credit: Take A Book Along
Photo Credit: chautare.blogspot.in

Tangra Chinatown: If you are a foodie and like to eat Chinese cuisine then you just cannot miss visiting Tangra Chinatown when you have a trip to Kolkata. This is a neighbourhood in the eastern part of Kolkata that is regarded as the locality of ethnic Chinese Indian nationals. The area is noted for the Chinese cuisine restaurants, which is visited by the flock of people who like Chinese and Indian Chinese cuisines. Food from Tangra Chinatown is a discrete variety of traditional Hakka Chinese cuisine that is adapted to the Indian ingredients and the Bengali palate. You have innumerable choices to hop into different Chinese restaurants in this area.

Photo Credit: Holidayiq

Here we come to the end of this places you must see in Kolkata series. I tried to cover most important and interesting places in Kolkata through the 6 series posts. I hope you will like the posts and if you have not read through the last 5 posts in this series you can get them in the below links.

Kolkata Series 1

Kolkata Series 2

Kolkata Series 3

Kolkata Series 4

Kolkata Series 5

101 total views, 1 views today

7 World Heritage Sites In India I Traveled

Travelling is in my blood. I just can’t sit at home for a long time. It is mandatory for me to go out on a travel at least three times a year. I generally make plans at the begging of the year for that year’s travel – travel destination, dates, logistics, time period for travel, places to visit there and many other aspects. I’ve also been into many unplanned travel spree as well. Those travels were all of short duration – may be for 2-3 days. I’ve planned this post as one of the topics for the #BarAThon edition 2 and I chose to feature 7 world heritage sites in India, identified by UNESCO, where I’ve travelled.

Elephanta Caves: The Elephanta Caves trip was a fabulous one. It was 2016 January when I went for Mumbai trip. Elephanta Caves was at the top of my list. The journey through the Arabian Sea in a ferry from the Gateway of India was an incredible journey. It takes about an hour to reach but that journey was worth. The ticket price was Rs. 120 for a return trip. The caves have stone carvings of Three-headed Shiva, Ardhanarishvara, Shiva-Parvati on Kailash and many others. You can enjoy a toy train ride at the Elephanta from the ferry point to the entrance of the cave. Elephanta Cave is one my favorites in the list of 7 world heritage sites in India.

Mahabalipuram: I travelled to this UNESCO World Heritage site in 2015 February. I went from Pondicherry via East Coast Road. The journey was great as the road was pretty good. Visiting Mahabalipuram was a great experience. The ruins of the temples and monuments of the Pallava dynasty built during the 7th and 8th centuries were simple mesmerizing. The Shore Temple, Pancha Rathas, Varaha Cave Temple, Krishna’s Butterball and the carvings depicting the Descent of the Ganges were a treat to explore.

Konark Sun Temple: Konark Sun Temple is an UNESCO World Heritage Site in India located in Odhisha. It is very near to one of the famous beach destinations Puri. I loved visiting this place. The name Konark is derived from two Sanskrit words – Kona (angle or corner) and Ark (the sun). The temple is dedicated to Sun God Surya. The Sun Dial at the temple is one of the great attractions of the temple complex. It is a must visit place if you are going to Puri.

Sundarbans National Park: My trip to Sundarbans was couple of times. It was during the early 2000 when I visited this natural mangrove. The name of the place is because of the mangrove plants Sundari. I love jungle safari and when this trip was getting planned I was very excited. The best time to visit Sundarbans is during November to March as the weather remains cool. There are many travel planners in Kolkata organize a 2-3 days trip to Sundarbans. You can also avail the West Bengal Tourism Board services for a lovely Sundarbans trip. If you are lucky enough you can spot the Royal Bengal Tiger quenching its thirst on the bank of the river. Because of my love for jungle safari Sundarbans has made to my list of 7 world heritage sites In India that I had traveled.

Basilica of Bom Jesus: Goa is my favorite travel destination of all time. I had been to Goa more than I have visited other places. I truly don’t need a plan to visit Goa. My visit to Basilica of Bom Jesus was during my Goa visit in 2011 February. The place is one of the attractions in Goa that you cannot afford to miss. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of my favorite spots in Goa. The basilica houses the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier. The exterior of the plain architecture of the basilica is un-plastered but the beauty of it does not get fade away with its outer appearance.

Old Goa: The Old Goa is the historical city situated in the North Goa district of Goa, which was constructed by the Bijapur Sultanate in the 15th century. It was the capital of Portuguese India during the 16th and 17th centuries. It was great experience altogether when I visited Old Goa. The houses in Old Goa have that olden day’s touch with the touch of the authentic Goan culture. Some of the famous churches of Old Goa are the Basilica of Bom Jesus, Church of St. Francis of Assisi, Chapel of Saint Cathrine ad Se Cathedral.

The Mahabodhi Vihar: My visit to Mahabodhi Vihar, Bodh Gaya was long ago, during my school days. But I still remember that trip. Mahabodhi Vihar is a must see place if you like travelling and like to explore different places and culture. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a Buddhist Temple that is marked as the location where Gautam Buddha is said to have attained enlightenment. Bodh Gaya is just 96 km drive from Patna.

This post of 7 world heritage sites in India is just a glimpse of these places. I would be featuring separate posts for each of these places covering more information.

604 total views, 2 views today

7 Sacred Rivers of India

India is known as the land of rivers. There are many rivers that flow through the Indian soil as its veins and nerves and the water flows through these rivers is like blood. When we say rivers in India there are many names come to our mind – Ganga, Yamuna, Brahmaputra and many more. The province of Punjab itself has five famous rivers named Chenab, Jhelum, Ravi, Sutlej and Beas. Every river in Punjab carries its own symbolic importance and significance.

Different rivers have different significance and this post is about 7 sacred rivers of India. These rivers carry traditional importance and also has special place for religious practices. Among the 7 sacred rivers of India the confluence of three sacred rivers – Ganga, Yamuna and the mythological Sarasvati River – Triveni Sangam in Allahabad is of great religious importance. This place is the site for the historic Kumbh Mela that occurs every 12 years and ensembles the gathering of the Sadhus or the holy men from all over India for the holy bath in the Sangam.

River Ganga: Ganga is the most sacred as well as the longest river in India. The river originates form Gomukh (Mouth of Cow) in the Himalayas and flows into the Bay of Bengal. Ganga is also called the National River of India and also the Gange dolphins are called as the National aquatic animal of India. The river has two major dams – the Haridwar dam and the Farakka barrage. One of the longest road bridges in India, Mahatma Gandhi Setu, is also built on Rive Ganga in Patna. Ganga is also called as Hooghly River or Bhagirathi as it flows through the province of West Bengal. Ganga is the most important one as far as 7 sacred rivers of India is concerned.

River Ganga at Varanasi
Photo Credit: Travel A Ease

River Yamuna: Yamuna is a major river of Indian subcontinent. The river originates from Yamunotri, again in the Himalayas, and merges with the Ganga River at the Triveni Sangam. Yamuna River has a great significance as far as Hindu religion is concerned because of Gokul and Mathura located on the other banks of the river. One of the Seven Wonders of the World, Taj Mahal, is situated on the bank of Yamuna.

River Yamuna behind Taj Mahal
Photo Credit: Share Your Essays

River Sarasvati: Sarasvati River is a mythological river that is believed to be flown in the ancient ages, primarily during the Vedic era. The river does not have a physical existence today. But it is believed that the river flows underground and meets Ganga and Yamuna in the Triveni Sangam in Allahabad.

River Saraswati at Bhimpul
Photo Credit: Indiamike

River Narmada: Narmada River is another holy river in India that originates from the Maikala ranges in Amarkantak, Madhya Pradesh. The river flows between the Vindhya and Satpura ranges and gets merged with the Gulf of Khambhat or Gulf of Cambay, a tributary of Arabian Sea. The valley has several waterfalls. Dhuandhar & Kapiladhara are renowned waterfalls in the valley. The Omkareshwar temple – dedicated to Lord Shiva – is located on the Narmada river bank.

River Narmada at Omkareshwar
Photo Credit: YoGoYo

River Kshipra: This is another holy river in India and is also called as Shipra River. The river rises from the Vindhya Range and flows across the Malwa Plateau to joins the Chambal River. The holy city of Ujjain is situated on the on the right bank of the river and is famous for one of the 12 Jyotirlingas, the Mahakaleshwar.

River Kshipra at Ujjain
Photo Credit: Travel Planet

River Godavari: The holy river Godavari originates in Trimbak near Nasik and flows towards the Eastern Ghats to finally merge with the Bay of Bengal. Godavari is the second largest river in India and is considered to be one of the big river basins in the country. Godavari is the longest river in south India and is popularly referred to as Dakshin Ganga or the Ganga of the South. The largest earthen dam in India, Jayakwadi dam, is built on this river in Maharashtra.

River Godavari
Photo Credit: Freaky Folks

River Kaveri: Cauvery or Kaveri River is extremely popular and a very sacred river in south India. Kaveri River originates from the Brahmagiri Hills and flows to join the Bay of Bengal. The holy river travels through the heartland of the two southern states – Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. An important dam – Mettur dam – is constructed across this river. The beautiful and second biggest waterfalls of India, Shivasamudram falls, is on this river.

River Kaveri at Talakadu
Photo Credit: TripAdvisor

These are the main as well the 7 sacred rivers of India. All these beautiful water bodies are scattered in the different parts of our country and acting as the lifeline for our country.

104 total views, 1 views today

KOLKATA SERIES 5: Places you must see in Kolkata

First of all thank you so much giving so much love to my posts in this series. I’m glad that my posts could be of value addition to you in terms of knowing my city, Kolkata, in as better way. This acts as enthusiasm for me to go on with the series. This is the fifth post in the Kolkata Series – Places you must see in Kolkata and interestingly this post would mostly be towards the popular shopping destinations in the city. Kolkata has many shopping places – both malls and flea markets. The shopping places are regarded as the paradise of the shoppers because of its cheap price and room for bargaining with the sellers. I’m pretty bad at bargaining though. But that does not stop to go to these interesting and exciting shopping places in my city. Whenever I go to my hometown, I ensure that I take a tour to these places at least once.

I’ll take you to a tour of few places you must see in Kolkata, which are primarily popular shopping destination in the city. Without taking much of your time let’s get going.

Gariahat Market: If you ask anyone in Kolkata what places that you can go for shopping, the first name that you will hear is Gariahat Market. This market is kind of a lifeline for the flea market shoppers. Gariahat market is a street shopping paradise for any shopper. The market has both street vendors and renowned showrooms. You can shop here in Gariahat market till your last breath. You can get crockeries, clothes, accessories and many other stuffs in this market. It is a must visit place when you are in Kolkata.

Gariahat Market (Photo Credit: WhatsUpLife)

Gariahat Market (Photo Credit: Neptune Holidays)

College Street Book Market: College Street is one of the most places you must see in Kolkata as well as a busy places in the city. The identity of College Street is bestowed upon the presence of many colleges here and also the small and big book shops. The street is otherwise also known as Boipara (Books Colony). College Street is the paradise for book lovers as one can hover numerous small and big book stores including some renowned publishers’ office as well. If you are book lover you cannot afford to miss visiting College Street.

College Street Book Market (Photo Credit: The Urge To Wander)

College Street Book Market (Photo Credit: Padhaaro)

Burrabazar Market: The Burrabazar Market is the regarded as the lifeline of the city in terms of the wholesale market. The huge area of Burrabazar is filled with wholesale shops of clothing, accessories, spices, plastic materials and many others. The huge market is sub-divided into many sub-markets according to the specialised goods available. This market is mostly visited by those who want to buy stuffs in bulk. You get stuffs at very cheap rate compared to other parts of the city.

Scene of Burrabazar Market (Photo Credit: Wikimedia)

Esplanade Market/New Market: Esplanade Market is another places you must see in Kolkata as far as flea market destination in the city is concerned. The area is full of shops whether it is clothing, accessories, luggage and of course you can get large number of street food stalls offering lip-smacking street food. One of the prominent market in the Esplanade (Dharmotola) area is New Market, which is an enclosed market housing many shops. You can get wide variety of stuffs in this market.

A Stall in Esplanade Market (Photo Credit: Whats Hot)

A Stall in New Market (Photo Credit: Whats Hot)

South City: Till now we were seeing flea market options in Kolkata. It would be injustice if I don’t include a popular shopping mall in this post. South City Mall is one such popular shopping mall in Kolkata. This mall is located in Prince Anwar Shah Road in south Kolkata and is extremely popular among the city locals. It is the largest shopping mall in Kolkata. You must visit the mall to feel the vibe.

South City Mall from Outside (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Inside view of South City Mall (Photo Credit: Flickr)

I’ll conclude this post here. The last one in this series is coming up soon. Keep reading and keep sharing your thoughts!!

165 total views, no views today

KOLKATA SERIES 4: Places you must see in Kolkata

I am back with Series 4 of the Kolkata Series. By this time you might have a grand tour of Kolkata through the last three series. If you have not, then I strongly recommend to take the tour. I’ve the links of the last three series at the end of this post.

Without taking much time let’s start the tour. In this post we will again see some of the renowned and popular places of the city. The city of Kolkata has many things to offer – be it a relaxed day at your home or wandering down the street to explore every nuke and corner of the city or your craving for enjoying the delicious street food that you get here. You have everything in one place. This post will cover some of the refreshing places in Kolkata.

Eco Park: The otherwise known as New Town Eco Park is an urban park on 480 acres of land in the Rajarhat area of Kolkata. The park is surrounded by 140 acres of waterbody bearing an island in the middle. The park is the conceptual creation of Ms. Mamata Banerjee, Honorable Chief Minister of West Bengal. The park has three broad zones – ecological zones, theme gardens & open spaces, and urban recreational spaces. Timing for the park is 2:30 PM. to 8:30 P.M from Tuesday to Saturday and 12 Noon. to 8:30 P.M on Sundays and other public holidays. Eco Park is closed on Monday for maintenance.

Eco Park (Photo Credit: TripAdvisor)

Eco Park (Photo Credit: What’s Up Life)
Nicco Park: If you want to visit an amusement park in Kolkata, there cannot be anything better than Nicco Park. It is one of the most popular destinations among the city locals. Nicco Park is located in the Salt Lake City area. The amusement park offers family-friendly recreation activities and also educative entertainment. The park is situated on 40 acres of land with 35 different attractions. Nicco Park is referred to as Disneyland of West Bengal and has served 24 million visitors till date. It is open on all the days round the year except a holiday on Holi festival.

Nicco Park Entrance (Photo Credit: Expedia)

Aquatica: Aquatica is a water theme park in Kolkata situated on 17 acres of land. This water park is one of the most popular destinations for the locals. The park is located in Kochpukur near Rajarhat New Town area. The water park houses very exciting water attractions that attracts thousands of visitors every day. Aquatica is a must see destination when you are in Kolkata.


Aquatica Entrance (Photo Credit: WYPages)

Aquatica (Photo Credit: WYPages)

Science City: The Science City Kolkata is the largest science center in India. It is under the National Council of Science Museums (NCSM), Ministry of Culture under Government of India. The Science City Kolkata is quiet a popular attraction in the city. It houses attractions and exhibitions related to science. Dynamotion Hall, Earth Exploration Hall, Space Odyssey and Maritime Centre are some of the galleries in Science City.


Science City (Photo Credit: TourMet)

Alipore Zoo: If you are in Kolkata and have not visited Alipore Zoological Garden then you would have missed a big thing. Alipore Zoo is the oldest zoological park in India and is a big tourist attraction in the city. It was opened in 1876 and is situated on 46.5 acres land. The zoo came into limelight as the house of Aldabra giant tortoise named Adwaita, which was 250 years on 2006 during its death. The zoo has seen over 3 million footfalls in 2016 with 81000 visitors during Christmas and New Year. The zoo houses a wide range of fauna including African lion, Royal Bengal Tiger, jaguar, great Indian one-horned rhinoceros, Grant’s zebra, reticulated giraffe and many more.

Alipore Zoo Entrance (Photo Credit: Mapio)

Millenium Park: Millenium Park is a private park in Kolkata that is situated on the eastern shore of the Hooghly River on Strand Road. You can relax in some landscape gardens and there are some children’s amusement rides as well. The park is open from 11 AM to 8 PM.

Millenium Park Entrance (Photo Credit: MakeMyTrip)

Inside Millenium Park (Photo Credit: TripAdvisor)

Birla Industrial and Technological Museum: The museum otherwise known as BITM is a science and technology museum under the National Council of Science Museums (NCSM), Ministry of Culture under Government of India. The 3D film show on Lost World and the Coal Mine are the most popular attractions in the museum. Apart from Birla Industrial and Technological Museum also has galleries like Biotechnology, Electricity, Life Science, Mathematics and many others. Museum is open every day from 10 AM to 5:30 PM. The museum remain closed only on days of Holi and Diwali.

BITM Entrance (Photo Credit: TripAdvisor)

Mock Up Coal Mine in BITM (Photo Credit: All Things Coolkata)

Here we come to an end of this series. Hope you have liked reading this post and could gain some information out of it. This series will continue further with few more as there are many other attractions that you cannot miss. Till then happy reading and happy exploring of Kolkata.



191 total views, 2 views today

KOLKATA SERIES 3: Places you must see in Kolkata

Here comes Series 3. It feels great while I pen down the most popular visiting places in my city, Kolkata. As the last two series received good viewership, I got enthusiasm to continue the series. There will be few more coming up after this. I feel I’m walking down the places while I write about them in my posts. It gives me an immense feeling of being at home, even though I’m out of my home town.

Without taking much of time let’s start the Kolkata Series 3. This post will capture some of the famous religious places in Kolkata. These important religious places in the city are in the list of famous tourist attractions in the city.

Dakshineswar Kali Temple: Dakshineswar Kali Temple is one of the popular religious places for the Hindus. It was founded by Rani Rashmoni in the middle of the 19thCentury. This famous temple is dedicated to Goddess Kali and is located on the eastern banks of river Hooghly in North 24 Parganas district of West Bengal. Goddess Kali is worshipped in this temple in the name of Maa Bhavatarini. Apart of the main deity the temple campus also has 12 shrines dedicated to different forms of Lord Shiva and a temple to Radha-Krishna.

Photo Credit: www.thousandwonders.net

Photo Credit: www.tripadvisor.com

12 Siva Lingas In Dakshineshwar Temple


Belur Math: When visiting Dakshineswar Kali Temple it becomes almost mandatory to visit the popular Belur Math too, which is just 4 km from the Dakshineswar bus stand. The popular Belur Math was founded by Swami Vivekananda, chief disciple of Shri Ramkrishna Paramahamsa, on the west bank of river Hooghly. It is the headquarters of the Ramakrishna Math and Mission, one of the significant institutions in Kolkata. The architecture of the temple makes it highly notable as it depicts the unity of religions. The architecture fuses the motifs of Hindu, Islam and Christianity.

Front view of Belur Math


Kalighat Kali Temple: Kalighat Kali Temple is another Hindu temple in Kolkata that is dedicated to Goddess Kali and is one of the 51 Shakti Peethas. The temple is located on the banks of a small canal, known as Adi (old) Ganga, which connects to Hooghly River and was the original course of the sacred river.

Photo Credit: www.flickr.com

Photo Credit: www.flickr.com


Birla Mandir: This temple is another tourist attraction in Kolkata. The temple is built by industrialist family – the Birla and is located in Ballygaunge in Kolkata. Birla Mandir houses the statues of deities Radha and Lord Krishna and was opened for the devotees on 21 February 1996. The temple is open for public from 5.30 AM to 11 AM and 4.30 PM to 9 PM.

Photo Credit: www.journeymart.com


St. Paul’s Cathedral: You cannot miss visiting St. Paul’s Cathedral, Kolkata when you are in the city. It is an Anglican cathedral that is highly noted for its Gothic architecture. The cornerstone of the cathedral was laid in 1839 and the building of the cathedral was completed in 1847. It is the first Episcopal Church in Asia and the largest one in Kolkata.


Photo Credit: www.whatsuplife.in

Photo Credit: photo.webindia123.com


Nakhoda Mosque: Nakhoda Mosque is the principal mosque in Kolkata. It is located in the Chitpur area of the business district of the city, Burrabazar, in Central Kolkata. The architecture of the mosque is an imitation of mausoleum of Akbar, the Mughal Emperor, at Sikandra, Agra. The Nakhoda Mosque was completed in 1926 and the prayer hall of the mosque can accommodate 10,000 people at once.

Photo Credit: www.deckleedge.info

 Pareshnath Jain Temple: The temple is otherwise known as Calcutta Jain Temple. Pareshnath Jain Temple is one of the major tourist attractions in Kolkata. The temple was built by Rai Badridas Bahadoor Mookim in 1867 and the entry to the temple was allowed to only the Jains in 2012. The entire temple is dedicated to Parshwanath, the 23rd Jain Tirthankar, and is worshipped by the Jains. The complex has 4 different temples

  • Shitalnath Ji Temple dedicated to Shitalnath Bhagwan
  • Chandraprabhu Ji temple dedicated to Chandraprabhuswami Bhagwan
  • Mahavir Swami Temple dedicated to Sri Mahavir Swami
  • Dadawadi, which has the footprints of Jain Acharya Jin Dutt Kushal Suri
Photo Credit: piyuk.blogspot.in


Here we come to the end of this series. I’ll be back with the next series soon. Till then keep reading this series and share your thoughts by posting your comments.

150 total views, 2 views today

KOLKATA SERIES 2: Places you must see in Kolkata

I hope you have enjoyed the Series 1 of the Kolkata Series that I had posted. It is time for the Series 2 of the beautiful Kolkata and it’s another five must visit places. I’ll take you on a joy ride in the next five beautiful places in the City of Joy. As I had mentioned in my earlier post being my roots planted in the city of Kolkata I wanted to share the beautiful places of interest in the beautiful city. So sit back and enjoy this joyride to the next set of places of interest in Kolkata.

Shahid Minar: This is monument in Kolkata that was erected in 1828 in memory of Major-general Sir David Ochterlony who was a commander in the British East India Company. It was earlier known as Ochterlony Monument. This monument was erected as a part of commemorating two incidents – one was Sir David Ochterlony’s successful defense of Delhi in 1804 against the Marathas and second one was the victory of the British army against the Gurkhas during the Anglo-Nepalese War. Even though the tower gives you a bird’s eye view of the city of Kolkata it is not freely accessible to general public. If one wishes to climb the tower it is mandatory to submit address and photo ID proof at the Lalbazar Police Headquarters because a tourist jumped off the lower balcony of the monument in 1997.


Victoria Memorial: It is a large marble building constructed in the city between 1906 and 1921 in memory of Queen Victoria. The architecture of the building was done by William Emerson. It is now converted to a tourist destination in the city and a museum. The memorial is situated near Jawaharlal Nehru Road. Victoria Memorial is one of the popular places of interest in Kolkata and is open for public every day from 10 AM. You need to buy ticket at the entrance for getting entry to the premises.


Jorasanko Thakur Bari: The Jorasanko Thakur Bari is the ancestral home of the famous Tagore family. At present the Jorasanko Thakur Bari is located on the Rabindra Bharati University campus. This house is the birth place of the famous Bengali poet and first non-European Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore. The house is currently restored as a museum to reflect the old times when the Tagore’s were living there. The museum is open for public on Tuesday to Sunday from 10.30 AM to 4.30 PM. The museum is closed on Monday.

Entrance


Inside Thakur Bari


Kolkata Metro Rail: One of the most visited places or you can call it a ride in the city is Kolkata Metro Rail. It has become the 17th zone of the Indian Railways network system that is operating under the Ministry of Railways, Govt. of India. The network currently operates from Noapara to Kavi Subhash with 27.2 km range and others lines are getting constructed at different phases. Kolkata Metro Rail is the first metro rail in India started its commercial services from the year 1984.


Eden Gardens Cricket Stadium: The largest cricket stadium in India and second-largest in the world, Eden Gardens, is the paradise not only for the cricket lovers watching the game here but also for the cricket players across the world. Eden Gardens Cricket Stadium was established in 1864 and is one of the beautiful attractions when you are visiting Kolkata. Some of the great cricket records are being made at this ground.

View inside Eden Gardens

Match in progress under the floodlights


Here I’ll conclude Series 2 of the Kolkata journey. I hope you will like this and the post would be able to add some value to your journey list. I’ll be back again with the third post in the series soon. Keep reading!!

265 total views, 4 views today