Lucknow's famous food

Introduction – Food in Lucknow deserves a special mention and here I am with a blog on simply that!! Awadhi food from the city of the Nawabs, what else?! Cuisine is a characteristic of any region that has a far reaching influence and familiarity. Like Mishti Doi and Rosogolla (both sweets) from Kolkata or should I say, Bengal and Butter Chicken from Delhi, Awadhi food is synonymous with Lucknow’s culture.…

Collage of festivals

Introduction – In India, there is a saying that roughly translates to ‘celebrating thirteen festivals in twelve months‘. In an earlier article, I wrote about the grandeur of this year’s Durga Puja (check it out!!) In this blog I will give you all a glimpse into to the other festivals we celebrated during the last one or two months. The Festivals –  Ganesh Chaturthi The Indian festive season starts with…

Collage of eco park

Introduction – Imagine peaceful serenity and pure bliss in mother nature’s lap and then imagine this in Kolkata, one of the busiest major metropolitan cities in India. Yes, it’s a reality now, thanks to Eco Park in New Town. This huge sprawling urban park is the biggest in India and one of the biggest in Asia. Eco Park, as the name already suggests can be described as an ecological park…

Japanese Pagoda with its surroundings

Introducing the Place – A piece of heaven tucked in our busy fast paced metropolitan city, Kolkata – that’s the best way to describe the Japanese Forest. Located near Gate 1 of Eco Park, this place is a magnificent slice of the gorgeous country of Japan. Spending some time in this amazing place gives you a feeling of really being in Japan. Reaching the Japanese Forest – Walking a few…

Durga Puja Cover

Introduction – Every Bengali waits with bated breath for the Durga Puja throughout the year. Not only because it’s the biggest festival for the Bengalis, the world over – it’s truly a cultural extravaganza. Durga Puja is a time for enjoyment, merry-making and spending quality time with family and friends accompanied by a lot of pandal hopping and lots & lots of delicious food. As you must have understood already,…

The Residency

Introduction – Lucknow, the charming city of the erstwhile Nawabs welcomes you all again! Lucknow is a very old city and has seen a lot of history unfold before itself. It boasts of fabulous architecture, amazing delicacies and a rich culture and traditions. In the previous article, we were on a tour around the Bara Imambara and the magnificent structures in its close proximity. Today we will travel to some…

Bara Imambara

Introducing the place – Lucknow – the first thing that comes to the mind when we think of this city is that it’s the City of the Nawabs (nawab means a high ranking Muslim ruling prince / governor). A city that is known for its rich cultural heritage, the magnificent locations and mouth-watering food. Muskuraiye, aap Lucknow mein hai This is a phrase that you will hear widely when you…

Hazarduari Palace

Introducing the Place – Murshidabad – a district on the banks of the river Hooghly (a distributary of the river Ganges). It belongs to the state of West Bengal in the eastern part of India. It was a place for royalty, the last independent Nawabs of the erstwhile undivided Bengal ruled from here. How we Went & Where we Stayed – Recently, we did a short trip to this beautiful…

Singha Sadan - the main buildings of the old university

Introduction – Shantiniketan – a place synonymous with the most renowned Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore. A place that’s calm, far from the madding crowds of the concrete jungle we stay in and very peaceful. It literally translates to peace (shanti) and home (niketan), i.e. an abode of peace. It’s a small town in the Bolpur region of the Birbhum district of the state of West Bengal in the wonderful country…

Howrah Bridge

Introduction – Kolkata is a feeling, it’s so much more than a place. The city’s heart beats with culture, sports and good food. Tradition and modernization walk together in sync here and the city revels in its glory. In my last two articles on my beloved city, I wrote about the most beautiful places to visit here. You can read about them on these links, Day One Tour Diary and…