Outdoors


Botanical garden

If you are a nature lover, you must visit to the Indian Botanical Garden at Shibpur. Today known as the Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Botanical Garden, it was founded in 1787, and at present you can find a huge variety of rare plants here. The main attraction of this garden is a banyan tree which is among the the largest tree in the world.

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Take a boat ride  

Cruise down to Sunderban through the Hooghly. Calcutta was built on either side of the river. You can see old buildings, small towns on the banks through the cruise. Deep Dasgupta

Visit the north-east  

The north-east of the country has some of the prettiest places not only India, but perhaps the whole world: places like Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Gangtok and Shillong. Darjeeling and Kalimpong offer stunning views of Kanchenjunga and Everest. You have to take two days off and go to one of these places in the north-east, and enjoy the lifestyle, language, culture. It will be laidback, will give you a couple of days off the hectic schedule, and you will love having spent time there. Deep Dasgupta

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Must Do

Visit the north-east  

The north-east of the country has some of the prettiest places not only India, but perhaps the whole world: places like Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Gangtok and Shillong. Darjeeling and Kalimpong offer stunning views of Kanchenjunga and Everest. You have to take two days off and go to one of these places in the north-east, and enjoy the lifestyle, language, culture. It will be laidback, will give you a couple of days off the hectic schedule, and you will love having spent time there. Deep Dasgupta

Tips for Travellers

Kolkata has some of the most squalid and abject poverty in any Indian metro but it has a charm that has attracted travellers for a couple of centuries. If you open your mind you can look beyond the filth you can still see traces of what was once the second city of the Empire, the mercantile and cultural cutting edge of India.

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