Black Town Walk
Sovabazar - The ever-vital hub of traditional Bengali culture, 'the natives' area', Sovabazar is all this and much more. This area contains a fascinatingly cosmopolitan blend of the seemingly incongruous architectural forms (from Islamic to Baroque, from Victorian to Bengali) which made up the old world dwellings of the city's wealthier Bengalis. No one who wishes to savor the authentic flavor of Bengali culture and cuisine can afford to miss out on this walk. Join us to learn much more about life in Black Town, to get a glimpse of this time warp called Bengali Calcutta.
White Town | Black Town | Grey Town | Riverside | Wetlands - We set out early morning, much before the rules against bicycles kick in, on an exploration of the old city of Calcutta - through its unique and interesting localities. Comfortable clothing, average biking ability, hugging corners while riding and listening to directions should give you a great exploration of the old city. Based on the morning's choice we can do: Colonial areas / the Black Town / the Grey Town / Localities By The River / East Calcutta Wetlands or a mix of everything.
Sunset River Cruise
Belur Math - Our river is the Hooghly, a tributary of the Ganges. And if it weren't for that test flight at Kitty Hawk, you probably would've sailed down this waterway to our city. Take a breather and join us on a river cruise. Take in the glory of the setting sun on our river Hooghly, while sailing upriver to Belur Math, the international headquarters of the Ramakrishna Mission and Dakshineswar, a unique Kali temple. Includes the company of an Explorer with snacks and tea on board.
A Royal Enfield Motorbike Tour
Old City to Botanical Gardens via Howrah Bridge - The city from a Royal-Enfield-rider's perspective. Simply because maneuvering through the old town is easier and faster this way, and we love these beasts that have been in production in our country every since WWII. Join us on a discovery of the city through the lens of the riders of the cult bike, Royal Enfield. Do the must see sites of the city with intermittent breaks at various bikers' stops. We pick you up at 8am and take you to the nearest biker's tea stop. After some tea and snacks possibly, we head out to see the various sites of the old city and its Southern extensions. Via the old Howrah Bridge we may head out to the Botanical Gardens to check out one of the world's largest Banyan tree. Return back via the new hanging bridge and head straight to lunch at an interesting Calcutta joint. Drop back to the hotel by 12 noon approximately. Special Instructions Not for the faint-hearted. Although we ride at slow cruise speeds, the Calcutta traffic may get challenging.
Bengali Cooking Experience
Lake Market / Jadu Babu Bazar - Bengal is a foodie's paradise and more so Calcutta, where various adventurers have left their gastronomical imprints. We take you through an experience not easy to forget... especially because of the satiating burps afterwards. A walk through the market will familiarize you with the ingredients that go into the making of some of authentic Bengali food and we follow that up with cooking demonstration by either a regular housewife or by the owners of the finest restaurants of the city. Always followed by authentic Bengali sweets - a good enough reason to be on this tour. Special Instructions Please do mention to the cook if you have any sort of allergies. All the food is bought fresh and cooked in front of you, in case your stomach is super-sensitive we advise that you take your necessary pills.
PARK STREET WALK
Park Street (officially Mother Teresa Sarani& earlier Burial Ground Road), is a famous thoroughfare in the city of Kolkata (formerly Calcutta), India. The street runs through what was a deer park of Sir Elijah Impey, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court in Calcutta from 1773 to 1789, hence the earlier name. Its current official name was given by Kolkata Municipal Corporation in honour of Mother Teresa. In the 1970s and 1980s much of Kolkata's night life took place at Park Street. Many noted musicians had played at popular night spots such as Trinca's, Blue Fox, Mocambo and Moulin Rouge. Even before that, in the 1940s, 50s and 60s Kolkata's prolific night life was centred on Park Street. The Park Hotel chain started with the opening of its first hotel, the 150 room, The Park on the fashionable Park Street on November 1, 1967.
Calcutta has much to thank the Armenians for; not only they have produced some of the best rugby players in this part of the country, but their forefathers also built more than 500 memorable and breathtakingly beautiful mansions in Calcutta. Among the illustrious Armenians the name of J.C. Galstaun will surely top the chart. A noted real estate tycoon and horse racing enthusiast, Galstaun arrived at Calcutta in the second half of 19th century. No account of horse racing in India can be complete without the mention of Galstaun. A man of humble origins, he nevertheless, rubbed shoulders with princes and monarchs. After making a fabulous fortune from real estate and racing he managed to lose virtually all of it in the same racing turf. Galstaun built nearly 300 mansions in Calcutta, the most celebrated among these is the Galstaun Mansions, which came to be later rechristened as Queen's Mansions.
At 19, Park Street, wedged between Park Hotel and Karnani Mansion, stands Freemasons' Hall, the home of Freemasonry in Bengal. A private, esoteric society, Freemasonry traces its origin to the stonemasons during the time of Solomon, king of Israel in the 10th century BC and later to the builders of churches and castles of medieval England, who fiercely guarded against any breach into their craft guilds by impostors and unqualified persons with elaborate checks and passwords. Later, grappling with dwindling numbers, they began co-opting non-operative "gentlemen masons into their fold.
The legendary tearoom on fashionable Park Street in Kolkata was founded in 1927 by Mr and Mrs J Flurys. Presenting fine European traditional confections, it had soon become a popular meeting place for all ages. It introduced the city and many generations to authentic Swiss and International delicacies. As the only tea room of the prosperous Britisher and the affluent Indian alike, the place was known far and wide for its exotic cakes, creamy pastries, rich puddings and perhaps the best Swiss chocolates outside the European continent, and in no small measure to the relaxed and cheerful atmosphere that it provided. Flurys is now open with a fresh design that recalls the 1930s, yet retaining a sense of timelessness. The old world charm of a European Café is given a contemporary touch to create a new, homely and calming, trouble free and relaxing space.
ST. THOMAS' CHURCH
It is a Roman Catholic, Latin Rite church. It is one of the colonial style buildings of the city. It is located in Middleton Row, Park Street. Mother Teresa lay in state in this church for one week prior to her funeral, in September 1997.
The 103-year-old Park Mansions on Kolkata’s upscale Park Street has been given a prestigious heritage award for the restoration of its colonial era architecture.Constructed in 1910 for both residential & commercial use, Park Mansions is spread over more than 5 bighas. The architecture is a mixture of Victorian and Indo-Saracen styles with a bulbous dome on the roof, British-style interiors with a touch of Indian architectural style on the facade.
FREE SCHOOL STREET/ MIRZA GHALIB STREET
The Free School was established in 1831 to provide education for European orphans and children of poor Anglo-Indians in the city. In the "Calcutta Review" of 1866, it was reported that the School's "education given is of a plain practical character and the boys generally become signallers in the Telegraph department, assistant apothecaries, writers in Government offices and mercantile houses, overseers of plantations, or obtain employment on Railways or in printing establishments, printing being an art successfully taught in the School. Later it was named as "Mirza Ghalib Street that joins S. N. Banerjee Road with Park Street in Central Kolkata.
ST. XAVIER'S COLLEGE
It is a private, co-educational college located in Kolkata, West Bengal, India. Founded in 1860 by Fr. Henri Depelchin S.J., it is named after St. Francis Xavier, a Navarre Jesuit of the 16th century, who ministered in India. In 2006, it became the first autonomous college in West Bengal, India and is affiliated to the University of Calcutta. Currently, the college offers Undergraduate and Postgraduate degrees, Ph.D.'s, Diplomas and certificates.
ASSEMBLY OF GOD CHURCH
In 1954 a young missionary couple, Mark & Huldah Buntain obeyed the call of God on their lives and traveled by ship from Canada to Kolkata, India. From the onset of their ministry, the Buntains faithfully proclaimed Jesus and reflected his light through acts of compassion. Moved by the plight of the city’s poor and homeless children Pastor Buntain set up the first Assembly of God Church School in Kolkata. Pastor Buntain's great love & compassion for the poor led to the setting up of a feeding program which provided daily nutritious meals for those struggling for survival on the streets and in the slums of Kolkata.
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