Another fine evening

Some evenings are better than other in so many ways. It looks like one of those evenings. Usually we enjoy great summer evenings here in our village. All you need is time.

You can spend hours sitting on a bench looking at that perfect sky and sunset.

Our Beautiful Suburbs

Autumn is the season. That’s what we call it at this time of year. It rains. But that’s not like monsoon rains. It’s kind of odd natural behaviour. Like, heavy sun heat for 15 minutes, then 5 minutes of heavy rain, then hot sun again. Really odd.

So one of these days, I was coming back home after a long day. And those beautiful clouds and sun and rain combination got me.

And now just couple of months, and there will be winter. Can’t wait for that chill wind.

A perfect day with family

The weather cannot be more perfect as it is right now here at Kolkata. A steady sunlight and a cool breeze. A perfect day to spend outside with family. Eco Tourism Park is located at the Rajarhat, Kolkata. Rajarhat, being a new city, an extension of Kolkata, managed to maintain it’s clean and tidy status. The park is also no exception. It was Friday, a working day, and yet it was packed up with people. I can’t imagine what happens there in the weekends or holidays! Anyway here are a few snapshots from inside the park. I hope you like them.

Eco Tourism Park
Huge space to accommodate so many people
The Taj Mahal
The Taj Mahal replica
Christ the redeemer
Christ The Redeemer and The Easter Island Statues replica
The Great Wall of China
The Great Wall of China replica
The Colosseum
The Colosseum replica
Children's playing area
Children’s playing area
The Mask Garden
The Mask Garden
Walking around the Park
A spectacular evening
A spectacular evening

Digha revisited

Had a chance to revisit Digha last week. I really do like that place. Nearest beach to our home. My last visit was on August 2013. If you follow my last visit you will get some details on the place.

I usually take bus from my place to Digha as we have direct bus connection and it takes around 5 hours. This time we did it differently, took a train. Howrah-Digha Superfast AC Express is a nice train to travel with. The AC Chair car has a huge legroom and descently comfortable seats. Foods are not so good, not so bad either (when compared to the IRCTC restaurant services). It is around 3 hours on the train.

Last time I visited this place was nowhere near like this. Everything changed. New Parks created and lots of benches installed so you can spend lots of time enjoying the sea view. Cows are unavoidable though!

This is the center of the Biswa Bangla (বিশ্ব বাংলা) Park. The globe with big B inside looks good!

The cranes welcomes you to the Park. They illuminates after evening.

You can buy some good looking handicrafts items from Old Digha markets attached to the beach.

A breathtaking view from the hotel. You cannot simply get down and start swimming at this place. There’s separate public beach built for that.

And this is that public beach. Here you can enjoy a nice seabath.

Enjoy your stay.

The amazing Chilka Lake

Chilka Lake is the largest coastal lagoon in Indian subcontinent and second largest in the World. Spread over 1100 square kilometers this Lake covers three districts (Puri, Ganjam and Khurda) of the state of Odisha. Odisha is the neighbour state of West bengal therefore it is not too far from my hometown. It took almost 7-8 hours by Train to reach Puri, which was our actual destination and I never thought that I am going to visit Chilka Lake as well!

It was almost an hour of driving from our hotel at Puri beach to Chilka Lake. There are a lot of cars available for hire. Take one and get going.

Cows eating out
Cows eating out

When I first saw the place my face was like a comical :O, it was a huge lake, I could not make out the end of it. Here and there some island-like sandy greenery can be seen. Wind was blowing like mad. The Lake was not deep though. You will occasionally see some buffaloes or cows crossing the Lake, or taking a bath.

You can hire boats on hourly basis for your further exploration.

Green nature around Chilka
Green nature around Chilka

if you are planning to hire the boat for more than 2 hours please remember to buy something to eat or drink before starting your adventure Travel. There are very little option (actually no option) to eat once you are inside the Lake.

Beautiful house and green lawn
Beautiful house and green lawn
Buffaloes bathing
Buffaloes bathing in the Lake

Let me tell you one thing, and remember this. You will see a lot of advertisement at Chilka travel agencies and they will show you a lot of photographs of Dolphins jumping out of the Lakes etc. etc. Let me make this clear, You will never see that sort of thing here. Occasionally you can see a Dolphin’s nose or tails but that’s all. So if you are going there to see Dolphins, you will definitely be disappointed.

Small house between the Lake
Small house between the Lake

Migratory birds are the most famous attraction in this place. It was unfortunate for me as I did not know anything about it and missed it! It was August when I visited that place. They comes and stays around winter season. So winter will be the best season to visit Chilka Lake to get the most of it.

Anchored boats
Anchored ashore, waiting for you

On the island, you will get some stalls where you can buy some foods. You will also find some hotels which will serve you fresh fish, crabs, lobster coming directly from the Lake itself.

The Sea Mouth, where the Lake is going into the Bay of Bengal, is a must see place. But most of the boatman will not be agree to take you there. They will tell you different stories about how dangerous it is etc. etc. But try to convince them, as we did for out boatman (he was a good man though, did not charge extra, whereas some of them can charge you extra for the trip). Believe me it is worth seeing!

Chilka Sea Mouth
Chilka Sea Mouth far ahead, up from the Island

I felt those four hours passed like four minutes for me. A perfect day at a perfect place. Is there more good things to do than eating and traveling in holidays?

A chunk from my Photo Gallery

Hi. Today I am sharing a link to some selected photos from my Photo gallery. Please check it and let me know. Please let me know even if you don’t like any Photo, I need to know my weakness and strength. I need to improve a lot.