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Need a short weekend break? Rishikesh is always an open option and Hostel stay is an most important part for me to make it budget friendly. Every city has something special and I just can’t wait to relive the Mishti Doi moment.
My Weekday travel to Kolkata
The day started very early in the morning.
Before flying to first ever Kolkata trip from Delhi, we reached at least 3 hrs before the departure. I was taking Dada to the flight and it was his first time also.
The hardworking carrier of my grandfather has started from Kolkata and now we both of us flying for the first time to Kolkata.
This is why Kolkata trip is special for me.
It’s our first-time in flight (Excitement) and I don’t want to end up on a late side. However, reached very early and waited, waited, and waited and finally it’s the departure time.
How to Reach Kolkata from Delhi
The best way to reach Kolkata is by flight from Delhi. It takes around 2-3hr to reach and is the easiest and fastest way to reach covering almost 1500km.
Kolkata can be reached by train too. If you have enough time and wants to save few bucks then train is a good option. It will going to take around 20hrs to reach.
I reached Kolkata by flight at 11:40 a.m. and had left from Delhi at 9:30. am. I have already booked my Room at Bhowanipore, which is approx. 25kms from Airport.
Bhowanipore at first sight
Bhowanipore looked liked the old Kolkata with dark contrast in the backdrop and streets full of yellow taxis.
After reaching at the room the first thing I did is left my bag and went for exploration, straight away! The hot sun kept pointing on me and made me full of sweat.
Things to do in Kolkata
The 1st-day plan was to go and see nearby places. So, the first place on the list is Victoria Memorial which is about 2 km from the hotel and at a walkable distance. It is built to commemorate Queen Victoria. The hall is well maintained and it’s beautiful both from outside and inside with a garden all around enhancing its overall beauty.
I also made a mind to get to Howrah bridge the same day, the world’s busiest bridge. There is no stopping in between the traffic is on a continuous roll. Before stepping on the bridge if you are coming from the south end of Howrah Bridge there is a Malik Ghat flower market, very famous towards your left.
The 1st day ended up with Mishti Doi.
The Next Morning started early. Hence, Kolkata people start their work early and always disciplined. The youngsters here are passionate about Football, in the evening at every alternate street you can witness some children playing football here in the old city of Kolkata.
The Morning I went early to the Indian Museum, which is in Park Street (Jawaharlal Nehru Road) by taking a Kolkata Metro from Nehru Bhawan station is just 2 stations away from Park Street and in between Maidan station. The Metro is still the old-fashioned which I really liked but the crowd is the same as in Delhi Metro though! By the way, I am also disciplined, I reached there at 9:30 a.m. and the museum timings are starting from 10 a.m.
The Museum looks Damn! Like some Hollywood set for me, never seen a museum like that which is founded in 1814 which is the earliest and largest in the Indian subcontinent.
The Museum has the collection of Arts globally covered –
Textile Gallery etc. I have never seen a museum like this before.
Park street of Kolkata is like a Connaught place of Delhi, you will find everything from eateries to clothing in this area with the pubs and clubs also. Most popular for shopping.
You can also find hotels here, if you want to make most of your Kolkata trip then stay options in these areas are also available –
Bhowanipore (most welcome). Also, these areas have popular attractions among tourists.
I have seen Eden Gardens from Outside but there is no permit to go in. Watching a cricket stadium from inside is still in the list in the future, will try though!
Located between the Watergate and the St. George’s Gate of the Fort Williams and near to the New bridge of Kolkata.
From New Bridge or say from Princep ghat I walked along many Ghats like Babu ghat in between and reached Howrah bridge and my phone showed that I have walked for approx. 4km, and on that particular day a total of 12kms and this is the thing I talked about in my previous post Test your feet is the best way to see the unseen.
It’s one more round of the iconic Howrah bridge of Kolkata.
If you go a bit further from the Howrah bridge you will see the Howrah railway station.
City Centre 2
City Centre 2 is a mall in the New Town. I checked out from my hotel in Bhowanipore and had a plan to explore India’s largest park Eco Park but because of timings I first went to City Centre mall which is about 20kms away from my stay.
India’s largest park Eco-park. I have reached again early in Eco Park.
The timings for Summers are –
Opening in the afternoon at 2:30 p.m. and closing in the night at 8:30 p.m.
The timings For Winters are –
Opening in the afternoon at 12:00 p.m. and closing in the night at 7 p.m.
These are the timings for now and the prices for the ticket’s are 30 Rs.
When I entered, genuinely didn’t knew where to go. Since, it has 3-4 directions. I checked on the map inside the park and decided to go on Island after touring the whole park.
Yes, you heard it right the Eco park of Kolkata has an Island inside the park. The Park is spread along 480 acres and 104 acres of the water body and inside there’s an island.
The park is so huge that it took me 3hrs to take a complete one round, exploring step by step.
This hidden island is still unknown to the majority of the people. You can take a boat ride and can reach to the island.
The Park is so neat and clean and well-developed and its amazing location will make you fall in love with this Eco Park of Kolkata.
After Exploring the whole park, it’s now time to leave and catch the flight from Kolkata Airport (Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport).
The Kolkata turned out to be a memorable one. I hadn’t expected these moments from my Kolkata trip. But as we say “every city has some surprises for you” And that’s it from the land of babu ’s, the city of joy – The Kolkata.
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