My travels outside Calcutta

WEST BENGAL

24 Parganas (South)

Once part of the undivided 24 Parganas, South 24 Parganas is West Bengal's second largest district by population and the largest by area.



Bardhaman

Bardhaman (earlier Burdwan), is the 7th most populous district in India and contains the towns of Asansol and Durgapur.


Haldia

A port city, a municipality and an administrative subdivision, Haldia is located in the Purba Medinipur (East Midnapore) district of West Bengal.


Hooghly-Chinsurah

35 km away from Calcutta (Kolkata), the Hooghly-Chinsurah municipality was once home to the Portuguese and Dutch colonialists and today contains many historic remains from the era.


Howrah

Originally developed by the British as an industrial township on the opposite side of the Hooghly river from Calcutta (Kolkata), Howrah today is West Bengal's 2nd largest city, and the administrative headquarters of the Howrah district.


Located 347 km to the North of Calcutta, the district of Malda is famous for its mangoes and is home to two of Bengal's ancient capitals, Gauda and Pandua. There are a large number of ruins and historic remains from Bengal's early Islamic period in Malda.


Serampore

Located around 37 km to the North of the state capital of Calcutta (Kolkata), Serampore is a bustling town with an interesting and unique history. The Danish East India company set up shop here around 1755 and continued to trade till about 1845. The town grew in importance as one of the centres of Bengal Renaissance. Through the efforts of the three missionaries, Marshman, Carey and Ward, known as the Serampore Trio, the Serampore College was set up, and along with it, the first Bengali language press. A large number of Danish colonial buildings still survive, as does the Serampore College, and town can be a wonderful weekend getaway or daytrip, especially for those fascinated by history. Serampore is also home to the second oldest Rath Yatra, or "car festival" of the Hindu deity, Lord Jagannath. Check out my stories on Serampore, here...


KARNATAKA

Bangalore

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Mysore

Mysore city has been the capital of the princely state of the same name since the founding of the Wadiyar dynasty in 1399. Mysore city is 2503 feet above sea level, and such has excellent weather all year round. There is much to see around the city. Check out my stories on Mysore, here...



Hassan

One of the 30 districts of Karnataka state, Hassan District is noted for its enchanting natural scenic beauty. For the history buffs, Hassan is also a veritable treasure-house of Hoysala architecture and sculpture, the best specimens of which are at Belur and Halebeed. Shravanabelagola, in Channarayapatna taluk, studded with Jain moduments, is a renowned centre of pilgrimage for the jains. Check out my travel stories from Hassan here...





MAHARASHTRA

Pune

Aurangabad




UTTAR PRADESH

Lucknow

The capital of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, and erstwhile Mughal state of Awadh is a great place to visit if you love heritage, architecture, and food. Lucknow has some of the finest examples of Islamic architecture in India, built during the long reign of the Nawabs of Lucknow. Added attractions include biryani from Idris and kebabs from Tunday. The best time to visit would be from late September to early December. Check out my stories on Lucknow here...

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SIKKIM

The state of Sikkim lies in the Himalayas in the North East of India, bordered by Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet. Sikkim was an independent kingdom until 1975, when a plebiscite abolished the monarchy, and the state merged with India.




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