In this tour, we will take you to a part of Kolkata where it all began. While Kolkata has evolved over time into an ever-busy, multicultural city, North Kolkata appears to stand still in time as if under a spell. So, if you want to “time-travel” to a bygone era and experience the true Bengali culture, this is where you should be. We will meet you at the Sovabazar/Sutanuti metro station at 8 am. We will then walk you through the narrow, chaotic lanes of North Kolkata to a centuries-old private mansion and heritage property that has stood the test of times. Here, you will have the opportunity of interacting with the residents of the mansion who are more than ready to share stories of the past with you. Learn about the traditional Bengali culture, cuisine, joint family system, and arranged marriages at this residence. Engage in a pure “Bengali adda" while you listen to live traditional Bengali music played on a piano by your host at the mansion. Enchanted, you will next visit a place where you will learn about the essence of the religious life of the Bengalis in a crafty manner. Here, you will witness how mud gathered from the riverside is converted to larger-than-life sculptures of glorious Indian Gods and Goddesses;- an epitome of quintessential creativity. In the end, as we bid adieu to you, your content heart will resonate with the eternal spirit of City of Joy.
I am an avid lover of culture and nature who left her career in biomedical research to explore the world. After visiting many countries, I realized that my heart lies in my hometown Kolkata, the “City of Joy.” Now, I work as a freelance travel writer, editor, and a wildlife conservationist based in Kolkata. Both my husband, Arijit (a software engineer and a “culture-tripper” like me) and I also love introducing visitors to the charms and mysteries of this 300-year-old city. Kolkata is a city of contrasts and we know her true “spirit”. Our tours are designed to not just explore the city but also to contribute to the growth of the local community and save the dying crafts. So, we invite you to come and join us in this enriching experience of supporting a community through tourism. What you will get in return is a lifetime of memories.
Bengali traditional sweets
One bottle of mineral water and a small pack of fruit juice per traveller.
Places you will visit during the tour are: The streets and alleyways of North Kolkata with a unique charm unlike any other place in the world An old heritage property in North Kolkata that is privately owned by a renowned traditional Bengali family whose descendants have managed to hold on to their culture over the centuries A private workshop in the potter’s colony of Kumartuli where the craft of idol-making will be demonstrated to you
Cap/Hat to protect from sun
Guests must be prepared for the sights and sounds of old Kolkata which might be vastly different from what they experience in their own country (if they come from outside India).
Discover The Roots Of Bengali Culture