City of Joy…

Kolkata Ami Aschi!!!!
Kinto Ami abar Phireasbo……..
Rabindra Sangeet er taan e…….

Saying goodbye is never easy, but when you do it on your own accord, it gets even harder. For me now it’s time to say goodbye to the city of joy. Indeed every trip for a wanderlust holds a different meaning and every city has a potential to show a different face every time you visit. It was very unlike the usual me to decide to go with the flow but I guess that’s one of the lessons Kolkata had in store for me.

I can say within this few years, I found Kolkata to be a city of contrasts, where royalty met poverty, beauty met clumsiness, History met the modernity,  spirituality met over-indulgence, simplicity met boldness, good deed meets with the dirty politics. A city filled with everything.  

Ok…
Let’s go back to the history, it’s interesting.

Kolkata served as the capital of India during the British Raj until 1911, when its perceived geographical disadvantages and a growing nationalism in Bengal led to the shift of the capital to New Delhi. The city is noted for its vibrant political culture. It was a center of the Indian struggle. This city has its own charm Whether it is the people, or the great street food, the ‘mishti’ sweets of Bengal, the Durga Pujo festivities, only place in India where you’ll find the trams, the metro, the river banks, the yellow coloured ambassador cabs even no taxi service can bet to this, the hand pulling rickshaw, the ethnicity, the music, Kolkata has the feel of the entire Indian culture. Kolkata offers a wide range of picturesque beauty and a welcoming smile to every tourist.

If you are planning a trip to Kolkata, this post might be helpful to schedule your trip let me start with few most visit place of Kolkata.

Kolkata’s Temple –

For those looking for a religious experience, The Birla Temple, Kalighat and the Dakhshineshwar Kali Temple are a must visit. Birla temple is world-famous for its architecture, built of white marble and clean surroundings. Kalighat is one of the oldest and famous temples in South Kolkata, dedicated to Goddess Kali. The Dakhshineshwar Temple is also dedicated to Goddess Kali and is located on the banks of the Hooghly River. It is a much bigger temple than Kalighat and known for its red brick architecture, often visited by tourists. Ok, one thing you need to be very careful with the priests around who are also known as Pandas. As I experienced, their sole motive is to play with the human sentiments to extract the maximum amount of money. Though the lines are long, these priests manage to sneak in devotees through the back-door. Money talks!

The Ramakrishna Temple located at Belur Math, another spiritual place, was founded by Swami Vivekananda. It follows the Ramakrishna Mission as Swami Vivekananda was his ardent follower. If you’re stressed about something and want to spend some quality time then go to Belurmath. Be with yourself. The feeling of “ME” moment is awesome.

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Night Out

After the spiritual day, you might be want to end your day with some night outing. Don’t worry ask your Ola/Uber (I would prefer to go with Yellow taxi) to drive you to Maidan and Park street. This is the hub for the night outing.

Maidan is close to Park Street, which gives you the feeling of being in Times Square, New York. Park Street is famous for its variety of restaurants and Kolkata’s nightlife hub, Moulin Rouge, Blue Fox, Waldorf, Sourav’s, The park, Tantra to name a few. Hit the dance floor for few times and you’ll find many good hotels to spend the rest of the night with a peaceful sleep.

The Victoria Memorial
You shouldn’t miss this place. It’s right in the middle of the city, a bit closer to park street. This place was designed by Sir William Emerson. The foundation stone of the memorial was laid down in the year 1906. White Makrana marbles were used in the construction of Victoria Memorial Hall and the building was inaugurated in the year 1921. The massive hall is 338 feet by 228 feet and rises to a height of 184 feet, for a civil engineer this things matter :P.The monument was intended to serve as a tribute to the success of the British Empire in India. Its magnificent architecture, lush green lawns, royal paintings and historic artifacts take you straight back to the Victorian era. There is an entry fee worth of Rs. 50/- or so.

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Mother Teresa Home –
If you want to spend some time with few orphans best place to visit. I love this place. I would suggest visiting this place. You’ll enjoy the time. Apart from this, there are many places for the orphanage.During my stay at Kolkata Mother Teresa home, Kolkata Orphanage was the regular visit place. An interesting thing about Kolkata orphanage is it’s a huge building more than 200 kids are occupied in this British created building. It’s really worthy to spend your time with these kids. You’ll observe the life in different perspective

Place for Bookworm-
Ahh!! If you’re a book lover and want to shop more books or want to add few new books in your library then don’t forget to visit College Street. A place for the bookworm. A huge hub for the book shopping. Though it’s different from crossword but you’ll find more comfort here. Starting from new to old, you will find it all here. Needless to say, buying a second-hand copy means acquiring it for a fraction of its original price. While this street attracts a lot of tourists hunting for a travel guide.

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Vidyasagar Setu
So if you are traveling by train, the Howrah Bridge will catch your eyes. A setu named Vidyasagar is also known as the Second Hooghly Bridge. It links the city of Kolkata to Howrah. The bridge is a toll bridge for all vehicles. At a total length of about 823 meters, it is the longest cable-stayed bridge in India and one of the longest in Asia. The bridge is named after the 19th century Bengali educationist reformer Pandit Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar. You need to explore the beauty of Howrah Bridge in the late evening. Light show of Howrah bridge heart-warming. Yes, early dawn is the best time to explore the Howrah bride, calmness of the city and tea in the earthen pot is amazing.

New Market
Shopping in the city of joy has forever been synonymous with New Market (S S Hogg Market), mid the bustling chaos of shoppers and vendors you will find an incredible array of goods ranging from fashionable apparel, electronic gadgets and confection to shoes, saris, exotic flower arrangement. Pick anything with the cheaper yet the affordable price, although that depends on your bargaining skill.

Apart from this, Sector-5 (salt lake) is the hub for the professional. This is the place where you’ll get all the major offices.

Few more attraction of Kolkata are Eden Garden, Science city, Eco Park. Mother’s wax museum. And Biriyani of Arsalan and Rasugolla of VIP road which is my favorite.

For me now, it’s time to say goodbye to this wonderful city and only question popping up in my mind is
“Are you scared about moving and leaving everything here?” or “How do you know this is the right thing to do?”
Again mind is saying, it’s not that difficult to answer.

The simple answer is “Yes and I don’t.” coz I am looking to stretch my comfort zone for that i need to say yes.

As there is a saying

If you change your surroundings, you change your opportunities”

Nothing is forever. Change is guaranteed to happen. Enjoy the moment you have right now. Enjoy the people you are next to or the person you are waking up next to. Everything fades. If you are in pain, it will pass. If you are struggling with heartache, loss, failure, confusion, or are filled with happiness, excitement and joy, remember everything is temporary.

So enjoy the moment, put the lesion in to you life’s book…. Do explore the new places..

IMAG3722.jpg                                                  Glimpse of Kolkata

 

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