From Shyam Bazaar we took another bus 201 (Any bus that goes to Gouri Baari) which is just two three stops away (INR 7/-). From the bus stop, we crossed the road, walked for five minutes and these stories were captured on the walls.
Yesterday, after lunch around 2:30 PM we left home, boarded a bus to Shyam Bazaar. It took us a little over an hour due to the traffic (INR 14/-). It did not bother me much. The lady who sat beside me was going to Girish Manch to watch her grand daughter’s performance. We chatted the whole way.
Mitra Cafe- located near Shyambazar is famous for its Fish and “Fish Kobiraji”- an ultimate Bengali cuisine for your brunch! However, the diet conscious individuals should strictly stay away because the fresh fried oil-bathed fish delicacy would definitely give hard time to your diet and of course your taste-buds!
Golbari- located near Shyambazar famous for its “Kosha Mangsho”. If you want to satisfy your tummy with tender meat of Mutton you should not miss a chance to visit this place.
History BooksNorth Kolkata! This is where the city is at its most revealing avatar. Stroll through lanes and bylanes and one can get the intimate peek at the lives of the people from close quarters. Life here is hits you, almost at your face! The streets and alleys are flanked by ancient mansions and hand pulled rickshaws are still an (inhuman but an) integral part of life in North Kolkata. The place is warped in time, Walk through the "paras" (neighbourhoods) of Shyambazar, Baghbazar, Sovabazar, Kumortuli and Jorasanko and it will feel like stepping back in time. As if time has stood still for a century, a living museum. Old mansions and houses still predominate in this part of the city, some that have stood the test of time, others derelict and battered.The evenings and the weekends are best times when this part comes alive. The tea stalls and local clubs throng with people, discussing and debating over every possible subject one can imagine. People are seen playing carrom or cards and everyone is welcome to participate. Though not economically the most posh, yet there is a certain nostalgia about the old world charm that is intoxicating. It's a place to feel while you walk your way through the most ancient part of the city.Another worthwhile place to visit is the Kumorpara (Colony of potters) of Kumortuli. In dilapidated studios, artisans painstakingly craft larger than life idols of Maa Durga. Its a heaven for connoisseurs of art and photographers who get to watch the idol makers and their lives from close quarters.Tip: Idol makers are at work from the the months of August to October, depending upon the date of Durga Puja.