The trip to Kolkata has to be planned or you will miss out. It is a city of various contrasts thought the general theme is changing.
The First thing is where will you stay? If I had a choice, I would say near New Market which is favorite spot for many. But there are nice hotels too. The first thing is getting up early say 6: AM and having a stroll around the place. By 7 AM you will see people walking around. The scene you can get if you live around there.
My post is in the perspective of the visitor to Kolkata who has visited it many times. The city where “Dada Bosun.” is very popular. If you are speaking in Bengali then remember to say “Dada” and not “Bhai”. You can avoid many unpleasantries.
Both these words mean same:” Brother”. But it is like the Irish using their dialect in London or vice versa.
The thing is the language is complicated since Bangladeshi version is used by Muslim people as well as Hindus in Bangladesh. But Hindus in Bangladesh use Bangladeshi Version when outside but amongst themselves they use Kolkata Version. In Indian side, Kolkata the opposite is true. Muslims do the same, they use KBV in public whilst they use BBV at home. The version difference is not due to country separation but religion.
Say you live somewhere near the New Market. The first thing is don’t waste your time in malls. Leave that for later. (We call L4T). You as a visitor wants to see places and eat in places which you normally get in your own country. It is no use eating in KFC since you have KFC in your city or country. Unless you want to find difference in KFC in both countries and you want to write a report which you are paid for.
Coming back to New Market.
The surrounding area is called:
Dharmotala or Esplanade.
The metro station for new market is in Esplande. It is useful if you live near the Airport. In metro it takes 20 minutes whilst in bus it takes 1.5 hours.
The New Market was designed by the architect Richard Roskell Bayne in 1874 for the British community. Initially it was made for “Whites Only”. Nothing new, it was like this in colonial times. Bayne was paid a sum of 1000 Rs, which was large sum those days.
Well, you want a good Breakfast.
There are lots of Places but Muslims look for Halal restaurants.
A good place to have breakfast is in Sudder Street, New market area.:
Blue Sky Café
Cost:700 RS /US$9.35((for two)
They serve good English breakfast and you can sure of getting a good quality breakfast thought is over charged and usually foreigners (Europe,US) frequent there.
The halal bit is not confirmed and if you eat items veg stuff and non-meat based you don’t have a problem.
Having a good delicious meat meal will be from the Muslim Restaurants. Hey just you woke have a breakfast later on the day you can think of meal.
So you have good breakfast. Wait a minute I am in Kolkata shouldn’t I have Bengali style Breakfast, might be your question.
Well whatever theme of restaurant, walking is the same. Energy spent will be the same. I recommend to follow German style of Breakfast. Have it for an hour at this restaurant, you are going to need it.!
Well make sure you have completed going to the rest room(toilet) before you came to New Market. Finding public rest room is difficult and going there takes lot of walking.
So what is next.
Tipu Sultan Mosque,if you have time.
Winter is coming. So you may want to buy shawls for the ladies of your family.
The best is Pashmina Shawls from Kashmir. Shawls is ok but what the hell is Pashmina? The woolen shawls are referred to as back as the 3rd century in Afghan texts. The industry was founded in the 15th century by ruler of Kashmir. Zayn Al Abidin and Mir Sayyid Ali Hamdani are usually credit for this shawl.
History aside. So in new Market, Kolkata or Hogg’s Market where do I find Pashmina Shawls?
Monte Carlo Sweaters are having quality and are pricey. Monte Carlo Brand was launched by the parent company called Oswal Woolen Mills which was incorporated in 1949.
You can find Monte Carlo Sweaters in New Market or KNM.
Antiques are furniture or things that are old and expensive. Many people want to keep antiques in their house. Well KNM ,Kolkata New Market has antique stores nearby.
Marigold Starflower & Rolls Water Set
Most Probably Belgian design. This piece costs above 100$.
A French Gold Gilt Chandelier.
A beautiful Chandelier from the 19th Century having artistic design Well it is priced over US$3000.
GEC bakelite valve radio
A Vintage Radio made by General Electric ,better known as GEC. Made in late 1940’s are now reminders of nostalgia during colonial times.
Humayun Court 20 Lindsay Street, Kolkata 700087 (Behind CitiMart)
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You want to have a snack, Ice Cream.
Well head to Scoop Ice Cream Parlour.
“Forget art. Put your trust in ice cream.“- Charles Baxter.
Thee ice cream is really tasty. Though approaching winter still ought to try. The ice creams are really tasty.
Price :15.92 $ for two.
Trendy Clothes But ok Prices
Pantaloons is a retailer of trendy clothes’ that was affordable at same time. They launched their brand in 1997.
They have following items:
- Formal T Shirt
- Children’s wear
- Bed sheet
- Home Decor.
- Credit Card
Cash on Delivery
Most stores have same quality for same product as well as fixed price.
4, Camac St, Kankaria Estates, Elgin, Kolkata, West Bengal 700071, India
Distance(from New market):22 Minutes walking.
9 minutes by car.
New Market Area: They Do not have any store.
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Big Bazaar-The alternative for trendy and cost effective Clothes and home Decor.
Big Bazaar, a super market chain was founded in 2001 by the Future Group.
Their motto is:
Issei Sasta Aur Achha Kahin Nahi
You will not get any cheaper and more quality products than here. Meaning quality products they are offering at prices not found in any mall or super market.
This might be the reason Pantaloons closed in New Market area.
People here are in ahurry to shop.
They want :
- Low prices
- Comfortable shopping.
and do not have time to differentiate in quality between the two. Pantaloon has quality and elegant but when it comes to prices, they are over priced to some extent. But Big Bazaar has caught up to the quality of Pantaloons but cannot exactly give a verdict. This is opinion in perspective of a customer.
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New Empire Cinema
The New Empire Cinema in KNM ,Kolkata was established or setup in 1932. The properties including New Empire Cinema was bought by the Nepalese Major General Jung Bahudar Rana .
Between the 1970s and 1989 ,it was run by the Warner Brothers. There was a particular movie that looked special :
In any event the environment is really great for watching movies though now malls have replaced with their flashy glass deco and architecture.
But if you want nostalgia and ambience money can buy then New Empire Cinema is the place to see.
You can book the tickets online.