Welcome to Hindiflare! This is your host, Hemant!
Day 1 in Kolkata! How good it feels to pass over the Howrah Bridge! This bridge was completed in 1943. This is world’s sixth largest cantilever bridge. More than a lakh vehicles pass over this bridge on a daily basis. In 1965, the bridge was renamed ‘Rabindra Setu’ After crossing the bridge, we came towards the river bank.
By the way, what you see in the backdrop is the new bridge. This is a modern structure bridge, called Vidyasagar Setu! Today, we are planning to do sightseeing throughout Kolkata and enjoy the food & travel.
First of all, we go for breakfast. On the M.G. Road, a very popular shop, Deshbandhu, for luchi and kachori.
After Breakfast We’ve come to visit the ancestral house of world-renowned poet, Rabindranath Tagore. He was born here in 1861. He spent most of his life in this house. This house contains Gurudev’s personal items, displayed for public viewing. Photography is prohibited inside. We have just come out after visiting the museum. He was the first non-European person who was awarded Nobel prize for literature in 1913 for his collection of poems, Gitanjali.
Rabindranath Tagore has accomplished a number of achievements in his life time through which he brought laurels to the country. Through his poems, plays, songs & literature, he was read and appreciated the world over. The Indian national anthem, “Jana Gana Mana,” is derived from a song, “Bharat Bhagya Vidhata” written by Gurudev! He has also written the song “Amar Sonar Bangla,” adopted as the national anthem of Bangladesh.
Apart from the museum, there is also a “Rabindra Bharati University,” which is famous for imparting quality cultural education. There are some places where you feel like spending as much time as possible. I am having an almost similar feeling on coming here.
For lunch, we are going to Koshe Kosha. It is located on the Ripon Street. We have to travel 5kms to reach there. So, it will take 20-25 minutes to reach. Although, it is not the peak time, but traffic is quite heavy right now. Wow! A while ago, I was talking about tram. And now, we saw the tram passing before us. Tram operations began in Kolkata in 1873. I am trying to imagine during that time, it would have been just the tram on the roads and now it is normal traffic plus tram.
So After that, we are at Kolkata’s famous Shobabazar Rajbari. The Zamindar family’s famous Durga Puja celebrations have been taking place here since 1757. There is a story behind this famous Durga Puja ceremony. In 1757, during the battle between the British and Siraj ud-Daulah, Raja Nabakrishna Deb, founder of this Rajbari, fought on the side of the British.
After the battle was won, to celebrate the victory in 1757, the first Durga Puja was performed in the Rajbari. Since then, every year, Durga Puja is celebrated here with the usual fervour. For your information, during 1897, when Swami Vivekananda returned from the Chicago Parliament of Religion he was accorded a grand reception in this Rajbari.
And now we’ve reached in this famous shop to eat its famous rasgulla! If you see the board outside, it is written here “Inventor of rasgulla.” They have a lot of varieties in rasgulla. I am getting two pieces for myself. One is made with Nolen Gur (date palm jaggery). It has date palm jaggery in it and it is available only during season. And the second piece is that of their famous rasgulla, which you can see on your screens.
Now We are at star theatre. Before India’s independence, this place was home to many a debates on burning social issues. The history of Star Theatre is associated with cultural revolution, as well as plays & cinema. Star Theatre is a heritage building. It was built in 1883. The form in which you see this theatre now is its renovated look. In 1991, when it caught fire it was renovated. Legendary play director, Girish Chandra Gosh used to stage his plays here. Star Theatre is also associated with the name of Noti Binodini.
At present, the Star Theatre is a heritage building for the city of Kolkata. In Shobabazar, we came to the Mitra Cafe. We have ordered Fish Kabiraji for ourselves. It is a very famous fish preparation of this shop. People really love to eat it as an evening snack. Just see, the shop opened at 4.30 pm and it is 5.30 pm now. It is already so crowded. Although this is a small cafe but there are posters on the wall, adding to our excitement. We are waiting for our order to come. This is fish Kabiraji. It is look and feel is amazing!
Top Place To Visit In Kolkata
1 – Victoria Memorial
2 – Howrah Bridge
3 – Indian Museum
4 – Dakshineswar Kali Temple
5 – Nicco Park
Best Food To Eat :
1 – Mishti doi
2 – Kati roll
3 – Rasgulla
4 – Sandesh
5 – Luchi
6 – Machher Jhol