Heritage & Culture

Baamikonda and Kalchukki Peak Trek – our Sahyadri Sojourn

Trekking and hiking have been our passion since long. After our overwhelming experience in the Himalayan treks, we wanted to go for hiking at the Western Ghats. The Baamikonda and Kalchukki Peak Trek is one of the unexplored trails in the Kudremukh range of the Western Ghats and is also a beautiful one. The picturesque beauty of the Sahyadris was quite evident in this short hiking trail. And it left us wondering why we did not trek here before! The Western Ghats or the Sahyadris are one of the most beautiful ranges in India. Though it does not have...

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The Diamond Triangle – Buddhist Heritage in Odisha

Whenever we talk about travelling in Odisha, we usually think about the Golden Triangle of Bhubaneswar, Konark and Puri along with the Chilika Lake. But Odisha is also quite rich in heritage and archaeological sites. We are talking about the Diamond Triangle of Odisha, excavation sites that are rich in Buddhist relics and heritage. Odisha is one such place where Buddhism had flourished quite well.  Infact, the first ones who had become lay-disciples of Lord Buddha were two merchants from Ukkala (Utkala, Odisha). It is also well known that the Mauryan King Asoka had played a major role in...

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Chinese Dragon Boat Festival – Kolkata

There was a festive mood at the Calcutta Boating and Hotel Resorts near Tangra on the afternoon of 11th June 2017. Kolkata was celebrating the Chinese Dragon Boat Festival. And the whole place was filled with people of the Kolkata Chinese community as well as others. All were there to celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival. The Dragon Boat Festival also called Duwanu Jie is usually held on the fifth day of the fifth month of the Chinese Lunar Calendar. This year, the date was May, 28; but in Kolkata, the festival was celebrated on June 11. The festival involves...

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Jagjivanpur, Malda – A reminiscent of Buddhist Monastery in Bengal

The desire to see new things and learn about the unknown always interests us. So whenever opportunity comes, we seize it tightly and chart out for the unknown. This time it was a freak wish of mine for a scooty ride took us to Jagjivanpur – one of the Buddhist excavation sites to be found in West Bengal. We had heard about this place since long and wanted to visit it much before. But coincidentally, just the day before Buddha Purnima on 10th of May, 2017, while we went out on our weekly scooty ride, we simply took the road...

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Jatar Deul, the Horse Race and the Fair

Traditions and culture have always fascinated me. So when I heard about the Horse Race at Jatar Deul, I could not resist myself to witness the event. A horse race in rural Bengal – this was enough to make me visit Jatar Deul in the middle of April. Jatar Deul is located at Kankandighi near Raidighi in the South 24 parganas district. After a train, auto and motor van ride of around 4 hours, we reached the Jatar Deul. Please read my earlier post to know more about Jatar Deul and its interesting history. On the second day of...

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Jatar Deul – History Unexplained

The name ‘Jatar Deul’ itself invoked a keen interest in us. And on hearing about it, we were much more inclined to visit the place. A towering brick temple in the midst of nowhere in rural South Bengal – this piece of information was enough to pique our interest! So when opportunity came to visit Jatar Deul, we just had to grab it. So on 16th April (also the second day of Baisakh, the first month of Bengali calendar) we accompanied Uttara Di, Rangan da and Debika to a visit to Jatar Deul. The date of our journey was...

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Basanta Utsav at Shantiniketan

Holi is one of the most popular festivals of India and is celebrated amidst much festivities and gaiety all over the country. But there are some places where the celebration of Holi are so unique that you have to be there to witness it for yourself. In West Bengal, Holi or Dol Jatra is inexorably linked with Shantiniketan. Basanta Utsav at Shantiniketan, as it more popularly called here, is an event that has to be experienced and felt. Shantiniketan is a place that is the melting pot of learning, art, culture and dance. The first thing that we are...

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The Chhapakhana Trail – A walk down the memory lanes

A century old printing technology is on the verge of dying, but still struggling to carry on the legacy. The letterpress printing in a nondescript shed in Potuatala Lane in College Street is one such printing press still printing reams of paper using the age old technology. Not everyday we come close to our past, or get to see the heritage of our city. The Chhapakhana trails organised by the “Future of the Past” in collaboration with Kolkata Bloggers aimed to make us aware of our past, our heritage. The Future of the Past is a project that aims...

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Interesting Facts about the Chinese New Year

The Chinese New Year are celebrated by about one-fifth of the world’s population. Here are some interesting facts about the New Year. Chinese New Year eve is the day before the New Year also known as chúxī. It is the day of family reunions. Chinese New Year day is traditionally called the chūyī in Chinese calendar. It is the day of family visits and New Year greetings. The New Year day is the first day of the Chinese lunar calendar. It is celebrated during the winter holidays. The date is different to each year on the Gregorian calendar, but always...

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Chinese New Year Kolkata

New years are the time of celebration and are perhaps one of the most important festivals of the community. The Chinese New Year is one of the most important festivals of the Chinese calendar. And the Chinese community in Kolkata celebrates it among mush festivities. 2017 is the year of Rooster according to Chinese Calendar. The Chinese New Year Kolkata is also one of the many cultural events that Kolkata boasts of. Many a time I had seen these colourful processions during the winters near the Territy Bazar area – dance performed by a handful dressed as dragons amidst...

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Hooghly Imambara – The Heritage in Crisis

Hooghly Imambara is an experience in itself. With its open and spacious courtyard, long-running corridors and the majestic watch tower, the entire monument is an architectural splendour quietly speaking about its erstwhile prominence and fading grandeur. Built in the 19th century, the Imambara is a holy shrine for not only the Muslim followers but also the people of other faiths. What is an Imambara? An Imambara is a congregation hall for commemoration ceremonies of Muslims of Shia denomination those attached with the Remembrance of Muharram. An Imambara is definitely not a mosque which is a worship place for all...

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Bandel Church

Bandel Church can be one of your ideal destinations for a one-day trip from Kolkata during these winters. Clubbed with the Hooghly Imambara and the Hansweswari Temple, these three forms the triangle of religious harmony and faith. We did this almost a year ago and without knowing much about these places. This post is primarily about the Bandel Church. The others will soon follow. Bandel Church is one of the oldest churches to be built in Bengal, it also stands as the testament of the Portuguese settlement along the banks of the Hooghly river. The story of the Bandel...

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