I got to know about the Chinese habitation's presence now in Kolkata from the International Travel channel! Being a Kolkatan, not knowing about it before was a shame! but better late than never. i started researching a bit about it and was yearning to visit there. and then the drama of people ignorance about it! none knew it existed and still is! a glum truth. then i found people pointing me to China town at Tangra, Kolkata. i happily went there, had lunch but it didn't seem to be the same aura of China-town as it is there in Thailand/Malaysia/Philippines/Australia/USA and many other countries. Tangra popped up as a standard Chinese resto, not really a traditional Chinatown! Unfortunately lack of information about this in google screwed me up! fortunately some good fellow then told me about Tiretta bazar, Kolkata, the bliss. my long crave finally picked a direction! This is it. and there comes the idea of penning it in here for my followers, but only after really visiting it.
This area was an habitation of about 20000 Chinese people during British India who all came for work for e.g. in Sugar mill. In these many years, the number reduced down to very little now but thankfully it has not fade away. One of such locality is in Kolkata, called as Tiretta Bazar.
How to Reach to Tiretta Bazar:
The best landmark is the Dalhousie Square. from there one has to go towards Poddar Court or Kolkata Improvement Trust (Unnayan Bhaban). the street name is chattawali Lane. and just beside that Kolkata Improvement Trust building, there is a narrow lane which has the mini Chinese street food market at the end.
When to visit:
Breakfast: everyday from 6:30 till 8:30.
there is only one shop which opens from 11:00.
What to expect:
Chinese Food! And of course the people that fills the ambience in love and respect. It takes you to that ancient British period. If you have visited any China town outside India, you can expect the mini version of it but very very authentic and inexpensive. The most important thing what you pick up from there is the sentiment. Its the souvenir.
Its really inexpensive. 200 Rs. for two people is just ample.
Please be cautious about the fact that, they are us, not foreigners. so don't make them feel uncomfortable by clicking thousand of pictures reluctantly. that is total disrespect to them. Try to ask for their permission, they are happy people.
Some pictures now for my lovely followers: