With the arrival of October, most residents of Kolkata start planning their winter holiday. After Durga Puja, Christmas holidays are the most cherished events in every Bengali traveller’s household. Here are some recommendations for idyllic escapes from the city of joy Tagore’s Shantiniketan Only 212 kms away from Kolkata, lies the scenic village of Shantiniketan….
I drove a short 40 kilometres away from Kolkata, towards Joka, into the rustic Bengal villages. The narrow roads lined with coconut trees, the chaotic market junctions and clear ponds made the drive scenic. My destination was the 265-year old Rajbari Bawali. Rajbari or palatial homes of Zamindars have been a part of Bengal’s history….