Kolkata, which is located on the east bank of the Hooghly river, is known as the commercial, cultural and educational hub of the east. It also has one of the oldest ports of India.
Kolkata is also known as the birthplace of modern Indian literature and is called the “City of furious, Creative Energy”. The Indian Museum, established in 1814, is also known to be the nation’s oldest museum carrying collections which reflect Indian natural history and art.
KOLKATA HERITAGE WALK:
The vast city was classified as a White Town and a Black during the colonial era. The White Town centred around Lal Dighi, which is a water tank providing drinking water. The BBD Bagh (earlier called Dalhousie Square) is considered as the oldest square in the city. Giving every tourist a true glimpse of Kolkata’s living British Heritage, the buildings here are sure to be a visual treat for all.
Participating in this walk will take you through the story behind the growth of Kolkata right from its early years to modern days.
PATH OF THE WALK:
» The walk can begin from one of the oldest hotels, Great Eastern. It can cover other landmarks includeing:
» Raj Bhavan (or Government House) which was initiated by Lord Wellesley. This place is now the residence of the governor of Bengal.
» St. John’s Church, housing the grave of the founder of Kolkata and the Black Hole Memorial.
» Lal Dighi
» The General Post Office with its grand dome and Corinthian pillars.
» Writer’s Building, originally known to serve as the office of clerks of the East India Company which is now the house of the Secretariat of West Bengal.
» St. Andrew’s Kirk
FOOD WALK THROUGH GARIAHAT:
The traditional Bengali meal is considered incomplete unless paired with multiple courses. Fish and rice are considered the staple dishes of Bengal. Known for their irresistible sweet varieties, their desserts are milk-based.
PATH OF THE WALK:
Visit the local bazaar for a quick introduction to the variety of spices and ingredients that are used locally. Visit the Gariahat area which is known for street food and textiles. Also visit popular eateries which serves the “thala”- a multicourse platter and a full traditional Bengali meal.
FLOWER MARKET AND HOWRAH WALK:
The Howrah bridge represents the quintessential image of Kolkata. The area which surrounds the station has now grown rapidly and caters to the needs of the huge floating population.
And while in Kolkata, why miss the chance of being a real spectator to this by ferry and foot, joining the daily commuters, vacationing families, fruit sellers etc.
PATH OF THE TOUR:
The tours starts from Akashbhai Bhawan, the All India Radio building.
» Walk through the city’s heritage district, seeing the Town Hall, High Court, State Assembly and Eden Gardens cricket stadium, to reach the banks of the river at Babu Ghat.
» Get a chance to witness the beauty of the Babu Ghat with all its day to day activities; take a 30-minute ride and enjoy the breathtaking view of the twin cities, Kolkata and Howrah.
» Also visit the bustling Howrah station, built in the Roman style; it is one of the largest stations in the country.
» Take a walk along the iconic Howrah bridge.
» In the end, witness the colourful beauty of flowers in the famous flower market and have a perfect end to a beautiful walk.
COLLEGE STREET-BENGAL RENAISSANCE WALK:
During the 19th and early 20th century, Kolkata was considered as the centre of the social reform movement, also popularly called “the Bengal Renaissance.” The movement was known to question a set of pre-established orthodoxies.
PATH OF THE WALK:
The walk starts from the Central Metro Station, going on to cover Calcutta Medical College, Calcutta University, College Square, Mahabodhi Society, College Street, Presidency College, Arya Samaj, Brahmo Samaj and Vivekanad House.