KOLKATA CITY TOUR :


  • 9.30-10:00am : Assemble at Science city to embark upon the Kolkata City Tour.
    10:00am : North Calcutta Heritage Building visit -This Tour takes you through the narrow alleys of "Black Town", the ever-vital hub of Bengali culture. It allows you to observe the fusion of the eastern and western styles of architecture in the dwelling places of wealthy Indians. The area boasts of elaborate mansions including The Marble Palace which perhaps captures the richness of Bengali heritage at its best.The day provides an interesting contrast to the rest of the sightseeing you will be doing.
    The area is also home to the Jorashankho Thakur bari, the family estate of one of Bengal's most illustrious families, The Tagores. Now a university, the beautiful location once provided inspiration to none other than the Nobel Laureate, Rabindranath Tagore.
    You will also visit Kumartuli, the traditional "potters" market, where the most beautiful idols are made by the artists for the city's most vibrant festivals, and a collection of four breath taking Jain and Hindu temples adorned with shimmering mirrors and ceramic tiles and chandeliers brought over to India by rich merchants from lands as far away as Persia, Japan and Europe
    1:00pm : Lunch
    3:30pm : Visit to a Textile Factory - Rangeen is the weaving, dyeing and printing unit for Weavers Studio in Calcutta, famous for their high quality cotton and silk garments. You will have a chance to watch the artisans at work weaving at their looms, dyeing; using diverse techniques such as tie and dye, batik, Japanese Shibori and African Adire, block printing and stenciling on fabric, as well as hand painting, mud and screen printing. The
    Resource Centre also has a textile library and museum with a collection of antique fabric from around the world. The history of the world's most popular natural dye - Indigo - weaves its story into the visit as well. Indigo has a huge connection with the history of Bengal, and is thought to have incited the initial struggle for a free India.
    After the factory, we will visit Weavers Studio, where you can have a look at the finished products.
    Drop at Science City.
  • DAY 2 :- CRUISE ON RIVER HOOGLY
    Kolkata, situated on the east coast of river Hooghly, owes its metropolitan character to this water body as its presence was vital for the creation of a commercial base there. The calm river has been a tremendous source of prosperity to the region and is symbolic of the ever bustling Princep Ghaat.
    9.00-09:30am : Assemble at Science city to depart for Day Cruise
    We start with the panorama of Colonial structures along Strand Road .The wide expanse of greenery sported by the Millennium park at once capture your attention. After which, we witness the closeness of the Armenian Church standing in the ever busy part of the city and then the peeping tomb of Job Charnok, the founder of Kolkata. Sailing ahead, we then cross the Howrah Bridge with its stunning design and monumental presence as one of the first such infrastructural advances.
    Kolkata was the capital of British India and remained so till 1911, it was the hub of political, cultural economic activities and grew to produce pioneers of the Indian freedom struggle. This city, has always been known for its legacy as the producer of the most intellectual intelligentsia. The bengali's thirst for knowledge and famed "death by debate" is apparent. Nowhere in this country can one find a perfect mix of modern and post colonial culture that has allowed the city to retain its unique character. Known for its hospitability, the city offers an "old world" feel which allows one to escape the shackles of the time bound rat race that life has now become.
    Passing through the Ghats of Kolkata, we view the banks of the river ganga, before eyeing on the Howrah Railway Station on the other bank.
    We continue sailing further, and come to a halt at Belur Math the place for all and any religion. Located on the west bank of the river Hooghly 6 kms from Howrah Bridge and sprawling over several acres of land, it is the headquarters of the famous Ramkrishna Math and Mission, which gave rise to the philosophy of Vivekananda which inspired the youth of the world to foster spirit of brotherhood irrespective of caste, class and religion.
    Disembarking from the vessel we walk around to see the temple of Belur Math and enjoy the serenity the place offers. Returning to our vessel we start sailing again. Now it is time to return . sailing through the ethnic river return to the final jetty from where we started for the final disembarkation. During the journey enjoy a sumptuous lunch & entertainment to make your cruise more eventful.
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