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#XploreBharat – Weekly Roundup – Week #5

So, we have completed week 5 and have stepped into week 6 of this wonderful journey. It’s been an exciting week so far. So much of travelling…virtual tours…we are exploring Incredible India by sitting in our drawing room. I would like to thank the hosts and the participants for keeping the josh high! I am sure you guys will keep it high till the last station.

In this post, we’ll simply do a recap of what we have done last week…I mean the places we have visited. Last week, the #XploreBharat Express started from the City of Joy – Kolkata. From, the Victoria Memorial Hall to the iconic Coffee…the spirit of the city was perfectly captured. After spending a day in the tropical climate, the train reached a ‘freezing place’. We enjoyed snow sports at Solang Valley, a few kilometres away from Manali.

Midweek – the #XploreBharat Express reached a special place. The place is strongly connected with Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore. Yes, it’s Shantiniketan. From freezing Manali, the train reached the warm Shantiniketan, the place where Tagore himself lived and the place of the renowned Vishwa Bharati University. The next day, the train moved southwards and reached a UNESCO World Heritage site – Ajanta and Ellora in Maharashtra. We saw some magnificent sculptures – the artists craved them rocks. Some of them were carved from a single rock.

The next day, the #XploreBharat Express moved towards the Karnataka border and reached a place called Sangli in Maharashtra. The place is known as the turmeric city of India. It is located in the lap of Mother Nature. The place is filled with lush greenery with fresh breeze refreshing your mind and soul. On Saturday, the train started moving northwards and reached a town located at the foothills of mesmerizing Himalayas. We visited Rishikesh, Uttarakhand -this town is the prominent hub for studying Yoga and Meditation.

On Super Sunday, the #XploreBharat Express visited a beautiful place in North East – Aizwal. The beauty of ‘Magnificient NorthEast’ was beautifully captured in the post. We enjoyed the picturesque sunrise and the scenic beauty of the place. In the second part of the day, we reached Amritsar, and there we enjoyed the thrilling atmosphere at the Attari Border during the Beating Retreat ceremony.

So, this way the weekly roundup of week 5. See you again…Next week with the weekly roundup of week 6. Happy Blogging and Happy Travelling!

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Amar Shohor Kolkata

Kolkata, also known as the City of Joy, is the capital of West Bengal. The City was the Capital of India under British Raj from 1773 to 1911. In this post, I am going to share 7 important places that you should visit on your trip to Kolkata.

Yesterday, The Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi during his Mann Ki Baat address has said, “I was in a meeting with the Tourism Department recently. I asked people who were planning to go travelling that where-ever they visit ‘Incredible India’, they must send photographs of those places. Lakhs of photographs from every corner of India were received which actually became a treasure for those working in the tourism sector. ” PM also said, “I request you too, to feel the “Unity in Diversity” which is not a mere slogan but is a storehouse of enormous energy. The dream of ‘Ek Bharat – Shreshtha Bharat’ is inherent in this.”

During his address, PM asked all of us to make this campaign a successful one by sharing travel experiences, photographs on MyGov and NM platform using #IncredibleIndia. To Promote tourism, he also asked the listeners to share what could be the seven best tourist destinations in their state. I have decided to contribute my small effort and would request all of you to contribute. After all, ‘Drops together make an ocean!”.

In this article, I am going to share 7 best tourism spots located in the Kolkata.

Kalighat Temple 


Kalighat is one of the 51 Shakti Peethas, where various parts of Sati’s body is said to have fallen during Shiva’s Rudra Tandava. According to the Legends, the right toe of Sati fell at this place. There’s a sacred water body called Kundupukur inside the temple complex whose water is considered as holy as river Ganga.

Victoria Memorial Hall


The Victoria Memorial Hall was built in memory of Queen Victoria by the then Viceroy of India, Lord Curzon. Presently, it is India’s largest and one of the oldest Museums. The monument is surrounded by lush greenery and the grand architecture is worth seeing.

St. Paul’s Cathedral


St. Paul’s Cathedral is well known for its ‘Indo – Gothic’ architecture, Gothic architectural style built to meet the climatic conditions of India. It is the largest cathedral in the city and the first cathedral to be built in the overseas territory of British Empire. It is also Asia’s first Episcopal Church.

Indian Museum


The Indian Museum (Jadu Ghar) is the oldest and the largest Museum in India. Founded in 1814, the Museum features rare collections of antiques, armour and ornaments, fossils, skeletons, mummies, and Mughal paintings.

Princep Ghat


A beautified riverfront built along the Kolkata bank of Hooghly river. It is one of the oldest recreational spots of the city. It is a beautiful place for an evening stroll.

Eco Park


Eco Park is Kolkata’s newest tourism spot. It is spread across 480 acres plot and is surrounded by a 104 acres waterbody with an island in the middle. The park is divided into various parts reflecting various ecological zones. Therefore, it is also known as Prakriti Tirtha (Nature pilgrimage).

Jorasanko Thakurbari


Jorasanko Thakur Bari, Kobiguru Rabindranath Tagore’s ancestral house is situated inside Rabindra Bharati University. The house has been turned into a Museum dedicated to the life and works of Gurudev Tagore.

These are the 7 top Tourism Hotspots of Kolkata.

In this next article, I am going to share about Bengal. I am also going to pen down my trip to Varanasi, Mumbai, Somanth, Dwarka and Puri. So, stay tuned because lots of interesting stuff is coming up.

Wishing everyone a Shubho Maha Panchami and a Happy Durga Pujo.

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