Saturday, April 6, 2019

Living in the City of Joy, one cannot deny the fact that the city offers a number of places for a quick weekend escape. When it comes to picking up places to hang out in Kolkata, we tend to choose the same, oft-repeated Victoria Memorial or the Nicco Park. Not to mention these places are overcrowded due to their innumerable mentions as tourist hubs. But there is nothing to worry as the 350 year old former British Indian Capital has some offbeat places to quench your wanderlust. These places will not only uplift your mood but will reveal the hidden beauties of the city in front of you. So let us take a quick look at some of these places so that you can plan your outing beforehand:

a.     Chintamoni Kar Bird Sanctuary
This place, located near Narendrapur Ramkrishna Mission in South Kolkata is the perfect place for nature lovers, photographers and bird lovers. The place was opened in 2005 by the state government after they acquired land from a private owner. You can see multiple varieties of birds, orchids, ferns and butterflies in the sanctuary. Winter mornings are the best time to visit. If you need an escape from the hustle of the city, this place is the best.

b.    Terretti Bazar
What is Kolkata without her food? Head to Terretti Bazar, which is known as Kolkata’s Chinatown. The Chinese immigrants founded this place in the 1780s. This place is popular for its delicious street foods which includes momos, sausages, rolls and other staple Chinese delicacies.

Translated into English, it means the “potter’s quarter”, this place located in North Kolkata is where the idols are made. Walk through this area and you will find potters busy with creating idols of different Hindu Gods and Goddesses. This is also the place where the original conch- bangle worn by the Bengali wives were made. An excellent place for photography and art, this place provides the perfect cultural refreshments.

d.     South Park Street Cemetery
This is the place where the famous Bengali poet Michael Madhusudhan Dutta was cremated. You will be amazed to see the Gothic and Indo-Saracenic architecture of the cemetery; you are bound to fill that you are transported to some places in the ancient period. The cemetery dates back to 1767 and is a favorite spot for those who want a peace break from the city.

e.     Nipponzan Myohoji
The Buddhist Temple is located on Lake Road and is often referred to as Kolkata’s Japanese Buddhist Temple. It was built in the 1930s by the factions of Nipponzan Myohoji which was a pacifist religious movement originating in Japan.

      St. John Church
This church was built by the East India Company in the 1700s and is one of the oldest churches in Kolkata. The structure of the church is neoclassical and was built by James Agg. Once you visit, you will find a number of memorial and tombs, beautiful paintings and stained glasses. The main attractions are Black Hole of Calcutta Memorial, Second Rohilla War Memorial, Job Charnock’s Mausoleum and many more.

Happy hoping!


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