Hello Again, Kolkata Winter

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6th Dec 2017

Winter in Kolkata lasts for roughly three months -December to February.

It is the best time to visit Kolkata as it is pleasant throughout the day, however if you truly want to experience the festive mood, the spirit of the crowd here, Durga puja is the ideal time, that is a month or two before winters. Just that, the humidity slightly dampens the enthusiasm of first time visitors.

Winter is a different story altogether.

Early mornings

A leisurely walk followed by a good cup of coffee or tea is a common morning ritual.

Food

Now food is yet another major theme in Kolkata during winter.

The kind of food that is available in this city throughout the year will flare your nostrils and water your tongue. However the taste of Nalengur Sandesh and Payesh made with milk and a type of jaggery that is available only during winter, will remind you of this season and you will yearn for this taste.

This is so traditional Bengali stuff, so much a winter thing. Love it.November 2017

Photo of Kolkata, West Bengal, India by Kakuli

And how can I forget this? This was like a full fledged ritual on 16th December 2017. You will love the filling inside. This one had coconut, milk and Jaggery - Patali Gur

Patishapta

Photo of Hello Again, Kolkata Winter by Kakuli

The fresh vegetable variety is another thing to look forward to.

Mouth Watering, isn't it? Cabbage With Fish Head

Photo of Hello Again, Kolkata Winter by Kakuli

Fairs

During winter you can visit different fairs and exhibitions where you can buy handicrafts, local art, traditional products made by artisans. The book fair spread across days, is another event that should be in your must do list if you are in Kolkata during winter.

They can be on large grounds like this one

2016

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2018

Photo of Bidhannagar, West Bengal, India by Kakuli

Or with limited space.

2017

Photo of Shyamnagar, West Bengal, India by Kakuli

I had picked these last year in the range of INR 60 to 220/-

Photo of Hello Again, Kolkata Winter by Kakuli
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Festival

So what if you have missed Durga Puja? You should be in Park Street on Christmas to experience the grand celebration, watch the crowd, the decoration, the lights and the spirit.

It is not about religion or faith. It is just about basic human bonding and life.

Even if you visit a local mall, you get to see what I mean, like the Santa with his team

24th December 2017

Photo of Barasat, Kolkata, West Bengal, India by Kakuli

Travel

During winter half of Kolkata is having a picnic on Christmas and the other half is traveling.

So the Victoria Memorial or the Nicco park, Eco parK or the science city, the Alipur zoo, or botanical garden have most of the crowd.

Or a quite boat ride on the Ganges

Being Close To Nature..

Photo of Tribeni, West Bengal, India by Kakuli

By the way did you take that “half” bit seriously? I am sure you get the drift of what I mean.

For someone like me who has been away from Kolkata for fifteen long years, being able to enjoy Christmas with my family, with Christmas tree lights twinkling before my eyes, set right beside my lap top, is the best trip ever. A trip inwards - Returning home!

Warmth of a home

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Or soak in the warmth of the afternoon sun while you watch these on the terrace. We made this a winter ritual this year - 1st December 2017

Lentil Dumplings. We call it Daler Bori, an integral part of Bengali cuisine. The twin teddy you see there is the scare crow team

Photo of Kolkata, West Bengal, India by Kakuli

Or write a blog like this with a shawl wrapped around me

The little moments, the little memories and the little measures of happiness is Kolkata winter’s gift to any tourist who visits this vibrant city during this part of the year.

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