Last year we thought of visiting the Kolkata during September, just before the Durga Puja.

We had planned for three days stay in Kolkata and had chalked out our travel plan accordingly.

Our journey started on a Sunday morning. As soon as we checked out of the airport our chauffeur, whom we had already booked, greeted us 'Namaste'. He helped us with our lug gages as we made ourselves comfortable in the car. Then we headed towards our hotel which was in salt-lake. It took us around half an hour to reach our destination.We had booked a single Air conditioned room in the hotel blue orchid. The room was spacious and well- maintained. It was afternoon when we had reached, so we ordered for our lunch.The food was simple but tasty. We took rest for some time and then started our expedition in the evening.

The first place we went was Ecopark. By car, it took us around 10 minutes to reach the place. The Park covered a huge area and we knew that one or two hours will not be sufficient to explore the place. The park had a beautiful lake which was adorned with artificial islands. We enjoyed a shikara ride in one the boats which was stationed there. We visited the fruit, tea, mask garden. Then we also tried the duo cycling and e-biking for the first time. It was real fun. By this time the evening sky was painted with a pale tint of orange and we enjoyed taking selfies and groupies basking in its beauty. We had our dinner in a restaurant in city-centre 2, which half a kilometre from Ecopark. The first day, started at Chennai and ended in Kolkata quite well.  Ecopark Kolkata gets a 4 rating out of 5 for the beautiful ambience and lush green lawn.


The next day we started around 8 o' clock in the morning. First, we visited the famous Dakshineshwer temple. The temple is built beside the Hooghly River in the ancient architectural style. Luckily we didn't have to stand for a long time in the queue to offer our prayers. After the puja in the temple, we went to Belur math by boat. It seemed that the wide expanse of clear water washed away all the sins of the devotees.

At the Belur math, we relished the bhog which is served at the temple religiously as lunch. The serene ambience of the math is refreshing and bags 4.5 rating. After a religious start, we headed towards our next destination that was Esplanade better known as the new market. At the first glance, the place seemed to be impenetrable because of its crowd but we still managed to make our way. Every nook and corner of the market, were a display of the sheen dresses, chic handbags, dazzling jewellery and much more. It is a place where we could bargain to our heart's content. This old market of Kolkata deserves a 5 on 5 rating.

The evening had just started to set in as we moved towards our next destination that is the Victoria memorial. The lush green lawn around the memorial was a relief for the eyes. We spend some time sitting on the lawn enjoying the dusk. The easy stroll amidst the hanging branches of the trees at the dusk was really pleasing.

The next morning we were very late as we all got up around 11. Someone had suggested us that sector 5 had some awesome restaurants, so we decided to have our brunch in one of those; Bhojohaori Manna, which is famous for its Bengali cuisine.It is a perfect restaurant for a family get-together. Every delicacy that they served had the authentic Bengali taste in it. The famous 'bhapa ilish' is worth tasting moreover the ambience made us feel at home. After a heart filling food we decided to visit Jorasanko Thakur Bari in Jorasanko, north of Kolkata.The house is built in the old architectural style of the ancient zamindars. Most of the place is now turned into a museum showcasing the literary works, applauds, medals earned by Tagore.The place still has the aura of the Tagore's time.

The next, we visited Nandan, the famous cultural centre of Kolkata. We watched a movie at the lowest price that we had ever paid. The movie did not turn out to be very good but when we came out of the theatre we found that people were playing guitar, mouth-organ, enjoying the music around the area. The love for music and art is in the blood of the Bengalis and it was proved here.

As the city got shrouded in the night's blanket we prepared ourselves for our backward journey. Kolkata is allured us for the next visit and this sojourn ended blissfully.