Kolkata Journals

A Fortnight in Raichak

An April 2005 trip to Kolkata by Vaidya

Hotel Sagarika Photo, West Bengal, India More Photos
Quote: The end of April and May are considered to be bad periods to visit Kolkata, but we immensely enjoyed the trip through the heat and rain.

A Fortnight in Raichak

Overview

Beautiful view from Ffort Radisson Photo, Kolkata, India
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The resort - ffort holiday club. It is at a beautiful location by the side of the river -well maintained - friendly staff excellent housekeeping - a five-star hotel as a sister property. The small villages outside the resorts - simple friendly people - a different way of living. Trip to diamond harbour aboard the launch from Raichak jetty - unforgettable scenery and great view of sunset as the river grows broader readying itself to be embraced by the sea. The food – ‘Bengali’ and ‘Mughlai’ style - specially the fish in mustard gravy ,prawns in coconut gravy and stuffed ‘padol’ - excellent food at nearly any joint. The sweets – ‘rosogollas’, ‘kanchagollas’, ‘chamcham’, ‘kheermohans’, ‘jilebeees’, ...Read More

Fort Radisson Resort

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Best Things Nearby:The place is on the bank of river Hoogly--spread amidst 48 or more acres of greenery. Outside there are beautiful villages with a lot of fruit trees and tanks full of fish. Diamond harbour is 15 kilometers away. Digha, Bakhali, Sagar Dweep, and, of course, Kolkata are quite accessible. The nearby town Sarisha has a beautiful Ashram. Best Things About the Resort:The place is green. Unit is beautiful. Housekeeping is excellent. The staff is friendly. The place is quite lonely from Monday to Friday but buzzez with activities on Saturday and Sunday at the Fort Radisson, which is a five-star hotel. Resort Experience:The weather Kolkata w...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 24, 2005

Fort Radisson Resort
Post Bag 1, Sarisa
Calcutta, India

Hotel Sagarika

Restaurant

Hotel Sagarika Photo, West Bengal, India
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I have described my trip up to the Diamond Harbour in another entry. We were surprised or, rather, shocked to see the dilapidated state in which the building was. We were standing outside a government institute which might have seen better days. The person at the counter was not especially interested in us, the reason, as we came to know later, being that the there were no vacant rooms. I just entered and told him that we had come all the way from Raichak to have a good Bengalee dinner, and is it the right place. He immediately retorted about why we had doubts. I said that the government staff these days are not dedicated, and if they make the dinner in a hurry, we would all be disappointed. He ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 25, 2005

Hotel Sagarika
Diamond Harbour
West Bengal, India
09831183208

K.C. Das Sweet Shop

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Restaurant | "K. C. Das Sweet Shop"

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This sweet shop, existing since last 130 years or so, is considered as a pioneer in the Indian sweetmeat industry - the place where ‘Rosogolla,’ the great Indian sweet and my favorite since childhood, was invented. The shop has a nondescript kind of appearance, quite a disappointment considering the popularity of the shop. As soon as you enter the place through a glass door, you find some tables strewn here and there; there is a simple green carpet. The sweet counter is on the other end. We could see that there was another sitting area on the mezzanine. The person at the counter was a type of person who looked short on words. The sweets were looking quite ordinary - I think the reason could be th...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 26, 2005

K.C. Das Sweet Shop
25th Main, 9th Block
Calcutta, India
+91 26555038

New Market

Attraction | "'New Market' Kolkata"

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On our way to Belur by bus, a man made a statement that there is nothing that one can’t get in the New Market Another person added that you can get everything from a needle to an elephant. A third person told about a bangla saying that even lioness’s milk is available in New Market. As this market was close to Dharamtala and as we had to spend 14 days at Raichak we decided to go there to buy rations and veggies for 14 long days. The name suggested that it would be a big supermarket, but it is nothing close to that. It is a market in a big building with many halls and many small shops on either sides. The building has a bright red colour, and the façade looks like a huge old British government office....Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 24, 2005

New Market
Lindsay Street
Calcutta, India

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Lack of proper information is one negative point that one has to live with while visiting West Bengal. The place is very beautiful and green and full of helpful and nice people, but the tourist infrastructure is certainly lacking. The irony is that most of the time facilities are available but are not publicised well. Reaching the holiday club – The various websites proclaimed that it is 60km from Kolkata on an air-conditioned bus service (every 2 hours), and ordinary bus services (quite frequently) are available. When we called up the resort, the manager advised us against using the regular bus service, because it may get too crowded. The charges for the ordinary taxi were quoted at R7 per kilome...Read More
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The main bus stand of Kolkota – Esplanade or Dharamtala is around 60km from Raichak. The most convenient way of going would be to book a vehicle from the resort. This would cost around Rs.7 per kilometer. A minimum of Rs.1200 has to be paid for the day but generally the total charges may come upto Rs.1500. The second choice would be to walk up to the Raichak jetty and book a car for the day. This would cost around Rs.5 per kilometer, or Rs.50 per hour, whichever is more. There are air-conditioned buses four times in during the day at 7:30am, 9:30am, 3:30pm, and 7:30pm. Similarly, there are four trips back. The last one is at 5pm or so. The tickets for these should be booked one day in advance for the ...Read More

The Ramakrishna Math at Belur

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Leavinf the Belur Math behind Photo, Kolkata, India
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Belur math is the place where the first ashram in the memory of Shri Ramakrishna Paramhansa was set up by his famous disciple Shri Vivekananda. This place is quite a distance away from the main bus stand (Dharamtala/Esplanade) of Kolkata. We wanted to save money, and the weather was cool, owing to a heavy thunder in the night, so we took the 5am bus from Raichak. Since the place is on the eastern side, it is quite bright at 5am. There are two buses that go to the math from Dharamtala. One bus starts from Dharamtala, and the other comes from somewhere behind. It is better to stand on the main road so that one can take the bus that comes first. Another choice is to go to the point inside the bus terminu...Read More
On the top of the launch Photo, Kolkata, India
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The map shows that the river Ganges broadens and is the widest at the Diamond Harbour. We found that the West Bengal Suface Transport Corporation (WBSTC) runs launches from Raichak to Kukerhatee and also from Kukehatee to Diamond Harbour. From the bar at Fort Radisson, we had seen the beautiful view of the sun setting into the sea. We decided to make a trip in this launch in the evening. My plan was to start at 4pm or so and reach Diamond Harbour in time to catch the last launch back to Kukerhatee and then to Raichak. It was a close call, because a missed connection would have left us stranded at a secluded place on the other side of the river. I also wanted to have a Bengalee-style dinner at the Hote...Read More

Fort Radisson

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Fort Radisson is a five-star hotel built on lines of an old Portuguese fort. It is made of red bricks. There are well-manicured gardens all around, which we often visited for a morning stroll along the river or for yoga classes conducted by the activity center. The instructor who conducts the yoga classes is, incidentally, an ex-state-level winner in yoga. There is a shallow-water pool in the front with a lot of curves. There are pedal boats which one can use to enjoy boating. The boats, however, were not in working condition when we were there. Similarly, the Jacuzzi, air-conditioners in the table tennis rooms, and the bicycles of the Fort Radisson were also not working properly, but we hardly missed...Read More