North Calcutta Excursion
08:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Today is the day to see the most of the city – from North Kolkata to South Kolkata. So begin your day by 8 o’clock in the morning and head for Eden Gardens – the oldest cricket stadium in India. Experience the grandeur and nostalgia (if die-hard Indian cricket fan). If lucky, you can get a glimpse of the Prince of Calcutta – Sourav Ganguly.
Time duration: 30 – 45 minutes
Mode of Transport: Yellow cabs will drop you for Rs. 70 – 90.
Next stops will be 1 km from the stadium and they will make you understand the history of the city in much better way – Lal Dighi, the water tank existing before the British era, and Dalhousie Square, the British administration centre. With many historic buildings along the 2-km stretch, history buffs and architecture lovers will love to spend long time here. Photography enthusiasts will also find this place interesting.
Time duration: 1 – 1.5 hours
Mode of Transport: Public vehicles are available easily else OLA / UBER is a convenient option.
500 meters apart is the Millennium Park. The park is situated strategically at an equal distance from Hooghly Bridge and Howrah Bridge which gives a surreal experience. Ferry rides are available from this point to get across the river. Ideal place for families as it offers children rides and eating joints.
Time duration: 25 – 30 minutes will be enough to get the feel of the place
Mode of Transport: A 10-minute walk.
After a quiet start to your day, embrace for some hustle and bustle at the iconic Mullick Ghat Flower Market. This is over 130 years old flower market and is located right at the entrance of the Howrah Bridge. This place is very popular among the photographers to shoot the architectural Howrah Bridge. Buy your loved ones the best flower.
Time duration: 30 – 45 minutes
Mode of Transport: Buses going towards Howrah is the cheapest.
If feeling exhausted and tired, get yourself some brunch at nearby shops. Very popular among the localities is Deshbandhu Mishthan Bhandar for some kachori, samosa and mishti on the other side of the busy street.
Price range: Rs. 150 for two
Revolutionary’s residence tour
01:00 PM – 05:00 PM
After this, head towards Jorasanko Thakurbaari, the home of the greatest poet and a Nobel laurate – Rabindranath Tagore. It is now called a museum which showcases the letters, poems, photos of Rabindranath Tagore in his lifetime. It is closed by 4:30 PM. A light and sound show is organised in the evening, after 6:30 PM.
Time duration: 60 minutes is an ideal time to spend here.
Mode of Transport: Yellow taxi
To get to the next destination, you got a chance to enjoy the Kolkata Metro from Girish Park Metro Station to Rabindra Sadan Metro Station. Then walk along the Elgin Road or hire a rickshaw and reach Netaji Bhawan, the house of Indian nationalist and freedom fighter – Subhash Chandra Bose. Relatively small house and won’t take much time to see all of it. It is closed by 04:30 PM. Readers have a chance to scout for more information about the national leader at the souvenir shop.
Time duration: 45-60 minutes.
Mode of Transport: Metro (Girish Park to Rabindra Sadan) and auto rickshaw.
It will already be late for lunch, hence treat yourself with amazing delicacies at Azad Hind Dhaba, just 900 meters away at Ballygunge.
Price range: Rs. 500 – 600 for two
Tram journey , Shopping and Dinner
06:00 PM – 09:00 PM
After satisfying your hunger, enjoy the laziness of the city with a tram ride from Kalighat Tram Depot to Gariahat Tram Depot. This journey will consume 45-60 minutes. All you need to do is to sit back and cherish the moment whilst travelling on the oldest operating tram network in Asia.
Time duration: 60 minutes.
Mode of Transport: Yellow taxi from the dhaba to Kalighat tram depot.
After the tram ride, you got only one thing to do in Gariahat – shop till you drop. A paradise for shopaholics, Gariahat has a vast varieties of items at ridiculously cheap rates. An endless assortment of shops makes it difficult resist your temptations. This place is very popular place in Kolkata. You can find plenty of options for snacks, sweets and street food. Stay as long as you can
Later reach Dhakuria, Selimpur for delicious dinner in a soothing ambiance at the Tandoor Park.
Price range: Rs. 900 – 1000 for two
Get an OLA/UBER to return to your hotel and that will be enough for the day!