Prinsep Ghat with a good spectacular view is names after the famous James Princep. The place was built when the city and the whole country was under the Raj of the British. It is among the serene and quaint places in Kolkata where locals and tourists go for a getaway from city's hustle-bustle. This place is also considered by the locals for morning and evening walks by the banks of the river Ganga with not really a great view but also clean and oxygen free of pollution, amidst the lush greenery all around. For those who want to pay some quality time by the Hoogly without spending much, this is actually the spot to head to. An extra activity here's boat rides that are slow and serene in the waters of the Ganga.
Aimless RamblingsMaidan, meaning literally open field is a large park in Kolkata. It is Calcutta's equivalent of New York's Central Park, a vast stretch of greenery right in the middle of the urban jungle. Home to numerous play grounds, including the famous cricketing venue Eden Gardens, several football stadia, and Kolkata Race Course, Maidan is often dubbed as the Lungs of Calcutta.It a place for aimless ramblings, a place to unwind, to dream and to relax. The vast greens welcome all; vendors, lovers, poets, dreamers and aspiring players. Boys and girls from surrounding neighbourhoods come here to play. The Maidan is surrounded with places of tourist interest - the Victoria Memorial, the Birla Planetarium, the National Library, Octerlony Monument (Sahid Minar), Academy of Fine Arts and the St Paul's Cathedral.Things to Do: It is place where one would want to go to be with the company of the loved ones or simply to be with oneself. One can visit any of the tourist hotspots around Maidan, or mingle with the folks playing, they will be more than happy to include you in their game. Tickle the taste buds at the various stalls of "jhal-muri", "phuchka" (that's what we call pani-puris) or refresh oneself at the ice candy or lemonade stalls or ride the tongas in front of Victoria Memorial.Anecdote: One would not realize while in Maidan is that under the feet is Indian Army's headquarters of the Eastern Command. That is why Maidan is also called "The Brigade Parade Ground".
Kolkata Zoo & Zoological Garden
The meter starts running. Standard yellow cab. And off we go. Destination Mumbai. Reason aplenty.Its raining.Howrah station is it's usual self, passengers scattered all over and waiting for their trains to arrive and take them outstation, somewhere possibly nice. I'm waiting, as well... Our train's called Duranto, which in Bengali means fast and the train is actually 68 km an hour fast, taking you to Mumbai in little over a day's time span. The staff is friendly and our coupe is chilled out, making the atmosphere travel friendly. We just had lunch rounded off with vanilla ice cream. Snooze time, it is!!