West Bengal

The Jews of Kolkata – Then & Now

My first introduction to the Talmud – Torah was during my tenth standard text book through a story called “The Needle” by Isaac Bashevis Singer. Later on read a little more in “The Class” by Eric Segal. But little did I know that our very own Calcutta had a thriving Jewish community back in the nineteenth century. Although in decline, there are landmarks of Jewish community. Calcutta had always been a potpourri of various cultures and traditions and the Jewish community which came to Calcutta were welcomed with open arms here. The Past: The Baghdadi Jewish community came to...

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Darjeeling Himalayan railways – A romantic prelude to the mighty Himalayas

The toy train ride in the Darjeeling Himalayan Railways (DHR) is like a sweet lullaby in the midst of a dreamland. Though much has been said about the present condition of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railways and Darjeeling itself, a toy train ride through the misty tracks from Darjeeling to Kurseong will definitely rekindle the romanticism in a person. First let me say a little about the history of this wonderful creation. The DHR was constructed by Franklin Prestage from 1879 to 1881. The toy train covers a distance of 88 km from Darjeeling to Siliguri on a 2 feet wide...

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Darjeeling – The Queen of Hills

The name ‘Darjeeling’ came from the Tibetan words, ‘dorje’ meaning thunderbolt (originally the scepter of Indra) and ‘ling’ a place or land, hence ‘The land of the...

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6 REASONS WHY SANDAKPHU PHALUT TREK MAKES A GREAT TREKKING EXPERIENCE

The Sandakphu Phalut Trek starts from the picturesque village of Manebhanjan, a village near Darjeeling. Spanned across 5 days, the trek gives you the magnificent and best views of Kanchenjunga ranges. It has very beautiful campsites or hamlets for night stay. Here are my 6 reasons of what makes Sandakphu an awesome trek. Get the best view of Kanchenjunga ranges The Sandakphu Phalut Trek trek offers august views of the Kanchenjunga and Makalu ranges along with a picturesque view of the Everest and Annapurna family. And the best thing about the trek is that the view of the ranges stays...

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Princep Ghat – The heart beat of Kolkata

The grand white structure is standing with all its élan and the mighty river flowing beside it. My journey for the day ends today here. I look at the river passing by taking with itself all the filth and dirt of the city, and so my heart is also cleansed of all the doubts and negativities.   Princep Ghat always has this assuring effect on me. After monuments and graveyards, the third post in our Kolkata series is about the Princep Ghat. This monument was built in the year 1843 and is named after James Prinsep, an extraordinarily brilliant researcher...

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South Park Street Cemetery – a tryst with Calcutta’s past

With love in their heart and memories that are forever, the tombs of South Park Street Cemetery was built by the grieving family members. South Park Street Cemetery has always been an enigmatic place for me. While in school (The Assembly of God Church School, Park Street), I was always overwhelmed by the cemetery. I always wanted to see what is there inside those gates, but finally got a chance after so long. The historic Calcutta has always interested me and South Park Street Cemetery is a perfect place to experience it. So along with Agni, I was at the Park...

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Marble Palace – A hidden treasure in the heart of Kolkata

Beginning our first post with the Marble Palace. Situated at Muktaram Babu Street, I myself did not know that Kolkata had such a treasure trove within her. This is one of the lesser known places of interest in Kolkata and thus the apt choice for my first post. Marble Palace was built in 1835 by Raja Rajendra Mallick, an affluent businessman and zamindar of those times. About a few minutes walk from the Mahatma Gandhi Road Metro station, stands the grand white Marble Palace which is a testimony to the opulence and grandeur of the period. As you enter...

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KOLKATA – My city, My way

Kolkata – is my city. I was born here, put my first step on its streets, ran about in its alleys as a child, and made some very good friends in all these years of my life. Spirit of Kolkata inspires me. I am alive in its vibrant colour, cacophony of sound, its variety street food and colourful festivals. Kolkata is truly my city. Kolkata has its share of shortcomings too. Very candidly called the “city of Bandhs, lockouts and rallies.” Yes the weather is quite oppressive as complained by my cousins from Mumbai & Pune. The local trains...

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Divine Touch – A simple extraordinary boat journey

It was a very foggy and cold Sunday morning. A perfect day to laze in your home with a hot cup of coffee. But we were as usual out at Nabadwip Ghat, enjoying the thrill of cold and intoxicating smell of fog. It was such a day when we felt that Darjeeling has arrived at Nabadwip. I could feel the whiff of the fog! And then an impromptu descission was made to take a boat ride to Mayapur ISKCON! The boat ride in itself is not very special, but the atmosphere today made it simply awesome. A thin mist...

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Coffee at Keventer’s, Darjeeling

Who can ever think of Darjeeling without a visit to Keventer’s…. Standing tall on the Nehru road that leads to the Chowrasta Mall, for us visit to Keventer’s for a sip of hot coffee is a must. Our love story with Darjeeling started since 2012 and is still going strong, and is our affair with Keventer’s. Our trip to Darjeeling is never completed without a bite of ham and sausage and hot chocolate at Keventer’s. Keventer’s have completed 100 years since its establishment and has been serving sumptuous English breakfast, teas and snacks for generations. The ground floor is...

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TREKKER’S PARADISE – BUXA FORT

Trek to Buxa holds a very special place in our hearts, as it was our opening to the magical world of trekking and gradually became the elixir of our otherwise mundane life. We started from Jayanti early in the morning with our rented car and reached Santrabari at about 7 AM. At Santrabari, we had delicious Momos from the only shop that stood there. I often wonder, how they make such wonderful momos! The veg momos are yummier that the Momos we find at Kolkata- no offence meant to anyone. After having a sumptuous breakfast of momos and tea,...

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