West Bengal

Tusu Festival at Purulia

As our quest for all things traditional that are losing themselves to the chores of time continues, we decided to head towards Purulia this year to witness the Tusu festival. Tusu Festival or Tusu Parob is a harvesting festival celebrated in the Chhota Nagpur region of Eastern India that includes Purulia, Bankura, Medinipur in West Bengal and parts of Bihar, Jharkhand and Odisha. The last days of the Bengali “Poush” month always call in for a great feast of “pithe” and “patisapta”. The month-end also called the “Makar Sankranti” also calls for a number of celebrations across rural Bengal....

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Deul Eco-Park – a Weekend Getaway from Kolkata

Reunions are always special. Especially when we reunite with our childhood buddies at some beautiful destination. Deul Eco Park is situated beside the beautiful location of Ajay River. Deul is away from the city with the thick Garh forest of Durgapur at the backdrop and the Ajay River flowing beside. And the most important of all, beautiful people for company. After our last reunion at Singee, this time we zeroed on Deul. Deul is situated quite near to Durgapur city. We had to reach Deul after crossing Jaydev Kenduli, the birthplace of the famous Bengali poet Jaydev. Kenduli and...

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Armenian Christmas Celebration in Kolkata

With Christmas around the corner, Kolkata too is getting decked up in the mood of festivities. December 25th has now become a festival for all. Bow Barracks near Bowbazar celebrates the spirit of Christmas all through the week. But do you know, that another community that had made Calcutta its home way back in the seventeenth century celebrates Christmas on January 6th?  Yes, the Armenians celebrate Christmas on the 6th day of January and you can actually experience the Armenian Christmas celebration in the Holy Church of Nazareth at Armenian Street. During the Armenian Christmas season, the major events...

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Rosogolla Festival, Kolkata – a dive into the pool of sweet delight!

Red, yellow, pink and green – I looked at them wide-eyed. Well, I am talking about the savoury sweet delight – rosogollas! We were at the Acropolis Mall in Kolkata attending the Rosogolla Utsav or the Rosogolla Festival. When I heard about the Rosogolla Festival, my sweet tooth already started working wonders and prompted my mind to take a visit to the Mall. So along with our dear Uttara Di, we visited the Acropolis Mall on October 27 to attend the Rosogolla Festival. Shops of almost all the famous sweet makers of Kolkata were there – K.C Das, Balaram...

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Singee – A place that makes you say Wow

Sometimes it is the sheer serenity of a place that attracts us and makes us fall in love with the place. After a much busy festive season (Durga Puja), we simply wanted to hide from the world for a day and relax. Also, Agni’s school friends were all meeting for a reunion after 14 long years! We all wanted a place where we can relax as well as enjoy the reunion with friends and family. Singee seemed to fit the bill perfectly, and so we were off to Single for a much awaited reunion. Nothing can be better than...

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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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Ramzan Food Trail at Zakaria Street, Kolkata

Kolkata is celebrating the holy month of Ramzan or Ramadan. And the Ramzan fast breaks after the sunset with Iftar. Like all other festivals, Kolkata celebrates the month of piousness with equal passion. And exploring the area around Nakhoda Mosque during this time is an experience of a lifetime. So we got ready for a Ramzan Food Trail. What we experienced there was not only an experience of our palates but also a feast of our senses and reaffirmation of our faith! During the Ramzan month, the area around the Nakhoda Mosque in Chitpur adorns itself in a festive...

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Bunkulung–an unexplored paradise

Our wanderlust to visit the offbeat weekend destinations surely takes us to places that are so unique and beautiful. We have always believed that West Bengal has such beauties in her that simply cannot be described by words. Bunkulung near Mirik is one such place. It is a small village with picturesque scenery and of course the peace that we were looking for. We came to know about Bunkulung by chance. I think a lot of things are happening by chance with us. A few days back, we visited Jagjivanpur on our scooty without any plan. You can read...

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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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Das Studio, Darjeeling – capturing moments

Das Studios, Darjeeling has been standing on the Nehru Road for many years and is truly the mecca of photographers and mountain lovers of the region. My visit to Darjeeling is never complete without looking at the pictures and photographs from the Das Studio. I am literally awestruck whenever I look at those lovely pictures that are on display – the mighty mountains and photographs in the villages. I had always wanted to speak to the persons behind the studio and this year I mustered enough courage to go in and ask for him! I had the wonderful opportunity...

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