West Bengal

Darjeeling Monsoons – a reverie in the rains

Happiness is Darjeeling Monsoons! Darjeeling – the one place that brings a smile to our lips as well as makes us go on a nostalgia trip. And we are not the only one; there are many Bengalis who feel the same way like us. Darjeeling – the name itself evokes a kaleidoscope of emotions. Be it the roads, or the Mall, eating out at the Glenary’s or Keventer’s or seeing the sunrise at the Tiger Hills, we find Darjeeling always in a new look whenever we go there. And the best part are the Darjeeling monsoons. The weather in...

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Galiff Street Pet Market, Kolkata – the hobbyists’ ultimate destination

As Sunday comes, the Galiff Street is bustling with the cacophonic sounds of birds, dogs and people selling their ‘merchandise’. Welcome to the largest and the oldest pet market of Kolkata – the Galiff Street Pet Market, also known as the” Bagbazar Sokher Haat”. The city of joy  holds the pet market every Sunday from early in the morning to the late afternoon and the Galiff Street literally becomes the “alley of joy”. Pets of various kinds like dogs, birds, rabbits and guinea pigs, fishes and even various types of plants are sold here.  The pet business owners from...

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Breakfast at Glenary’s Bakery, Darjeeling

Glenary’s  is one of the finest eateries of Darjeeling. We never fail to visit this place whenever we are at Darjeeling. be it cakes or muffins, or the chocolates, Glenary’s never fail to make me happy. Located at a stone’s throw distance from the Mall on the Nehru Road, the Glenary’s is a prominent landmark of Darjeeling. It exists since the colonial days, may be catering to the breakfast needs of the British. And now it is serving the tourists and travellers of Darjeeling! The Past – Glenary’s Bakery The bakery and restaurant were originally named Vado after its...

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Chaotic canvas of Mullick Ghat Flower Market of Kolkata

Just below the towering Howrah Bridge, the fascinating Mallick Ghat flower market is located. It was early in the morning with very few people on the usually busy road leading to Howrah station. But the largest flower market of Kolkata was already bustling with activity. Lying just beside the Hooghly river and the two famous bathing ghats of Kolkata – Mullick Ghat and Ramchandra Goenka Zenana bathing ghat, the Mullick ghat flower market is a celebration of senses. It is not only a visual delight to be here, but also your olfactory senses will be at work. The market...

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Tabakoshi – a hamlet in the lap of tea gardens

“Let’s find some beautiful place to get lost.” – unknown Tabakoshi at the lap of luscious green tea gardens really made us lost in the beauty of nature and the brooding majestic hills. Tabakoshi or Tamakoshi is a small hamlet near the Gopaldhara Tea Estate a few kilometers away from Mirik. The place is relatively unknown to the tourists and is quite peaceful unlike the crowd of Mirik or that of Dooars. Just imagine yourself in a picturesque home-stay with stretches of tea gardens as long as your eyes can see, and the babble of the flowing river just...

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Harry Potter In Kolkata

The enormous bridge was looking so elegant and strong. Harry looked out from the window of the OLA cab and felt the cool breeze blowing from the river Hooghly. “Yes, I am finally back home, I am finally at Kolkata.” Harry’s reverie was suddenly broken by a long screech and Harry saw a long line of taxis and buses in front. “Some things will never change,” Harry chuckled. Harry clearly remembered the day when he first came to this big city. He was nervous about his future, tired because of the long journey, but overwhelmed seeing the city. The...

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Kolkata Traveller’s Meet

A few days back I was quite fortunate to attend a Traveller’s Meet organized in Kolkata. The meet was organized by Kolkata Bloggers and Nomadic Clouds at Infinity Benchmark Building on 4th of May. I had always wondered that in spite of the Bengalis being such a travel loving community, why travel meets eluded the city of Kolkata. I have seen a number of travel meets, blogger’s meet happening in other cities like Bangalore and Delhi, but very few in Kolkata. We Kolkatans love to travel as well as to write. What was holding us back? So when I...

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Darjeeling – Movies, Masti and Magic

Darjeeling and Bollywood seem to be in perfect liaison while capturing romantic moments on celluloid. Time and again I have always regarded Darjeeling as one of the most romantic places of India. No wonder, even our very own Bollywood holds the place dear. Starting from Rajesh Khanna and Sharmila Tagore to the new age Ranbir Kapoor, all are quite at ease while romancing Darjeeling.  Let me now take you through a nostalgic journey where Darjeeling and Bollywood had come together to deliver masterpieces. The first thing I remember about Darjeeling and Bollywood is the famous song “Mere sapno ki...

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Sundarbans – a visit to the wilderness

Sundarbans had been in our bucket list for a long time. Somehow it eluded us for some reason or the other, but this year we managed to squeeze a couple of days for a trip to the Sundarbans which finally turned to be quite a memorable event! Our trip started from the Science City from where we boarded the bus. After travelling for over three hours, we reached Godkhali near Goasaba. From Godkhali, it was a boat ride followed by a van and then again by boat, we reached the village of Satjelia. It was going to be our...

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Victoria Memorial – a memorable experience

Victoria Memorial is one of the most elegant and grand monuments in the heart of Kolkata. A vast white structure made of marble is a cynosure of all eyes and a respite for the tired feet. Once you are in Kolkata it is a sin not to visit the Victoria Memorial. Victoria Memorial, which is located near the luscious green Maidan, is a testimony of the peak of the British Empire in India. The memorial was built between 1906 and 1921 in the memory of Queen Victoria’s 25 years reign in India.  Lord Curzon, who was then the Viceroy...

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Walking through the misty roads of Lepchajagat

Lepchajagat or Lepcha Bustee as the locals call it is a world of its own. As you take the road towards Sukhiapokhri from Ghoom, a 7 km drive will take you to the misty dreamland of Lepchajagat. The tall pine and fir trees give a grand welcome while you wander into this world. Lepchajagat is one of the unexplored places near Darjeeling, though of late, it has gained prominence in the tourist circuit of Bengal. It is only 18 Km from Darjeeling, a small quaint village surrounded by the forests. Lepchajagat had been in our bucket list for long....

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Rongo – the village that looks like a picture postcard

Rongo, a small picturesque mountain village in the Dooars region of West Bengal is a perfect place to recline and relax. Situated on top of a mountain, It is a small picturesque village with very hospitable locals. It serves as the head quarter of Cinchona plantation in the Kalimpong subdivision. It is a significant place for plantation and growing of medicinal plants. Rongo can be reached after crossing Chalsa and then turning left at Khunia More after Chapramari, Sechu and Gairibas. From Gairibas, an uneven uphill motorable road of abpout 7 km will take you to your destination. But mind it;...

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