On a humid April morning, I decided to take a walk down some of the oldest alleys of Kolkata. My guide and my storyteller was Calcutta Walks. And even though Kolkata is my temporary base-city, I don’t really step out to explore it at all. This morning, I decided to travel to the heart of the city to see remnants of its diverse history.
My three-hour walk began from White Town (the British part of the city), passing through Chittaranjan Avenue, Bow Barracks to the Grey Town (traders’ part of the city), the characteristic Burrabazar. In the course of my walk, I met the Buddhists, Anglo-Indians, Parsis, Chinese, Armenians and Jews who have all been a part of this ancient city. I was most excited to walk by the lanes of Bow Barracks and was taken aback by the Maghen David synagogue through Ezra Street.
Kolkata is a metropolis where every wall engraves a story. And in my time here, I have often felt that one needs someone who holds your hand through these stories. I’m glad that I could unravel some of its best kept secrets with Calcutta Walks on my side.
How long did I walk: 3 hours
What did it cost me: Rs 1500
Will I go back: Yes, for bicycle tours and more.