Category: Travel

Walking through the misty roads of Lepchajagat

Weekend destination

Lepchajagat or Lepcha Bustee as the locals call it is a world of its own. As you take the road towards Sukhiapokhri from Ghoom, a 7 km drive will take you to the misty dreamland of Lepchajagat. The tall pine and fir trees give a grand welcome while you wander into this world. Lepchajagat is […]

Rongo – the village that looks like a picture postcard

Rongo, Dooars

Rongo, a small picturesque mountain village in the Dooars region of West Bengal is a perfect place to recline and relax. Situated on top of a mountain, It is a small picturesque village with very hospitable locals. It serves as the head quarter of Cinchona plantation in the Kalimpong subdivision. It is a significant place for plantation […]

Bow Barracks – Forever Yours – Celebrating Christmas

Christmas at Bow Barracks

Bow Barracks, a place tucked in the heart of Kolkata near Bow Bazar celebrates the spirit of Christmas with aplomb.  This place is a confluence of heritage and culture. I have always maintained that Kolkata is a nurturer of cultures and traditions of various kinds. Bow Barracks is one such place where the Anglo Indians […]

Kolkata Infographic – things to know before you go

Kolkata Travel Guide

Kolkata – The City of Joy Things to know before you go Trivia Howrah Bridge – the entrance to the city as well as its identity is the largest cantilever bridge in India. It is also one of the world’s largest! Kolkata is one of the fewest cities to have trams. The Botanical garden has […]

The legend of Tunganath – the highest of the Panch Kedar

Tunganath - Chandrashila Trek

What is so special about Tunganath? The fact, that it has the highest temple of Lord Shiva at a height of 3680 metre. Or the fact that it offers a completely stunning, mesmerizing panoramic view of the Himalayan ranges. It might also be the fascinating legend behind the Tunganath shrine. Tunganath is about 3.5 km […]

On top of the world at Chandrashila – the Moon Rock

tunganath

Chandrashila literally means the “Moon Rock”. It is the summit of the Chandranath Parbat on which the Tunganath Temple is situated.  Legend has it that the Moon God Chandra spent time here in penance. Another legend says that Lord Rama meditated here at the Chandrashila summit after defeating the demon king Ravana. Whatever be the […]

Maluti – the hamlet with 108 temples

Maluti, a nondescript hamlet is situated near the Bengal– Jharkhand border at Dumka district of Jharkhand. What sets apart this village from others is the presence of as many as 108 temples clustered in a radius of about 350 metres. The History: It was during the reign of emperor Alauddin Hussan Shah of Gour (1495 […]

Adina Mosque Malda

Adina mosque

The Adina Mosque is situated about 16 kms from the town of Malda. It was built by Sultan Sikandar Shah and is the largest Islamic monument of Bengal. It is one of the finest architectural structure built in Bengal during the Muslim period. As we first entered the mosque, we were awed  the vast dual coloured […]

Excavation sites at Gour Malda

Tale of 2 Backpackers

The excavation sites at Gour, Malda tells the tale of the erstwhile kingdom of the Bengal rulers. A bye lane from the road towards Firoz Minar from Qadam Rasool mosque will take you to the excavation sites. There is very little called road, it is just a muddy and dusty path. A few minutes walk […]

Gour, Malda – the erstwhile power centre of Bengal – II

Tale of 2 Backpackers

In our previous post, we had written about the grandeur and beauty of Gour, the ancient power seat of Bengal. We had told the stories of the Kotwali Darwaja, Lottan mosque and Tantipara mosque  in our previous post. The rest follows…. Lukachuri Gate: Next we passed through the “Lukachuri Gate”. It appears to have been built […]

Gour, Malda – the erstwhile power centre of Bengal

Tale of 2 Backpackers

Malda – the first thing that comes to our mind about Malda is mangoes. But Malda is much more than that. Malda has a very rich history and was the seat of power for many empires. Malda thus have a few historical relics scattered throughout with Gour and Panduah being the most famous. The history […]

Neveh Shalome Synagogue Kolkata

Neveh Shalome Synagogue is the oldest synagogue to be built in Kolkata. After an overwhelming visit to the Magen David Synagogue, we ventured for the other two synagogues of Kolkata. The Neveh  Shalome Synagogue was built by Shalom Obaida-Ha-Cohen in 1831 in the memory of his father Shalom Ha-Cohen. The Neveh Shalome is not as […]