Author: 2_backpackers

We are Agni and Amrita, two backpackers from Kolkata, India. We are chalk and cheese in nature. Agni is gregarious, fun loving and prolific person. Amrita meanwhile is the quirky nerd, thoughtful & methodical one among the two. It is the love for each other and for travel that binds us together. We believe in being wings to each other and travelling helps us in doing so.

WIKIPEDIA TAKES KOLKATA VI – Kolkata Photowalk

Kolkata photowalk

We know that Wikipedia is the world’s largest knowledge repository. But have you ever wondered from where does Wikipedia access all these lesser known information? Wikipedia, the world’s largest online encyclopaedia runs entirely on a voluntary basis. For this Wikipedia conducts Photowalk and workshops in various cities and those attending these activities voluntarily contribute to […]

Sitong – The Orange Village

Sitong

How about picking up fresh oranges from the orchards and having them? Sitong, a small Lepcha village near Darjeeling is about all this and much more. It is one of the unexplored parts of the Darjeeling hills and is a perfect weekend destination from Kolkata. Our exploration of the places around Darjeeling brought us to […]

The Chhapakhana Trail – A walk down the memory lanes

Chhapakhana Trail

A century old printing technology is on the verge of dying, but still struggling to carry on the legacy. The letterpress printing in a nondescript shed in Potuatala Lane in College Street is one such printing press still printing reams of paper using the age old technology. Not everyday we come close to our past, […]

Chinese New Year Kolkata

The year of rooster

New years are the time of celebration and are perhaps one of the most important festivals of the community. The Chinese New Year is one of the most important festivals of the Chinese calendar. And the Chinese community in Kolkata celebrates it among mush festivities. 2017 is the year of Rooster according to Chinese Calendar. […]

Latpanchar – The Home of Hornbills

Latpanchar

Latpanchar is nearly perfect- a place tucked in the hills and the home to some exotic and rare Himalayan birds. Latpanchar can be a perfect weekend destination from Kolkata for both the mountain lovers and bird enthusiasts alike, but the place is mainly known for the hornbills and other Himalayan birds. Latpanchar is quite a […]

Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival (#AKLF2017)

Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival

Kolkata loves books. And the city responds so well to cultural and literary events. So when the 8th  edition of Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival 2017 flagged off on the 6th June 2017, the event was well received by all. The Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival (AKLF) reflects the vibrancy and culture of the city and it’s inauguration events […]

Darjeeling – A Comprehensive Travel Guide

Darjeeling travel guide

Darjeeling – the Queen of Hills has been one of our favourite destinations of all times. The eternal beauty and the quaint Victorian charm of the place can lure all. With the magnificent view of the Kanchenjunga ranges overlooking the beautiful tea gardens, Darjeeling is simply breathtaking. And the cherry on the top is the […]

Hooghly Imambara – The Heritage in Crisis

Hooghly Imamabara Rangan Dutta

Hooghly Imambara is an experience in itself. With its open and spacious courtyard, long-running corridors and the majestic watch tower, the entire monument is an architectural splendour quietly speaking about its erstwhile prominence and fading grandeur. Built in the 19th century, the Imambara is a holy shrine for not only the Muslim followers but also […]

Mukha, the Kushmandi masks and the art of mask making

Kushmandi masks

Kushmandi block of South Dinajpur is the home of the wooden mask makers better known as Kushmandi masks or in colloquial terms “Mukha”. The makers are mainly concentrated in the village of Mahisbathan where a handicraft hub has been developed as a part of rural craft hub initiative under the MSME department of Government of […]

Gomira Dance – an ancient dance form of rural Bengal

Gomra Dance

Gomira dance is a rural dance form mainly practiced in the Dinajpur district of West Bengal. The dance is usually performed by the villagers to please the gods to usher in the ‘good forces’ and ward off the ‘evil forces’. Very obviously, this dance form is a part of varying traditions and the rich cultural […]