The Pilgrim’s Trail: Chitpore Road Walk
Chitpore Road is older than Calcutta. It is mentioned in the 17th c. Bengali religious poetry as the pilgrims’ highway to Kalighat temple. Under the East India Company’s rule, this part of Kolkata was known as “native”/”black” town where both poor and affluent Indians lived. We will walk this historic route with detours into a warren of winding alleyways to explore their history. During this tour, you will discover the early history of Kolkata, and the roles played by the locals in administering a fledgling city. The tour will take you through Kumartuli, where the skilled idol-makers are already at work for upcoming Durga and Kali Puja in September-October. The explorers will walk by the house where arguably the East Bengal Club is said to have been founded and will visit some of the oldest surviving temples in the city, and learn about the interesting histories associated with them. We will finish at the gates of Sobhabazar Rajbari and go for rasgollas at Chittaranjan.
Start Point: Bagbazar Tram Depot (Mohit Mitra Sarani)
Stretch of walk Bagbazar-Kumartuli-Sovabazar
Duration: 2 hours
Inclusions: Guide fees, Tea/Coffee/Soft Drinks, Water
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The Other Colonies Day Tour
Leave the din of the city behind and visit the other European Colonies along the west bank of the Ganges with Heritage Walk Calcutta. The trip will start in front of the Shyambazar Metro Station (Gate 4), where an AC transport will be waiting for you.
Our first stop is Chandannagar, the old French Colony. Here we will do a heritage walk along the older, not oft-explored parts of the city. Take a leisurely stroll along The Strand as we learn about the history Chandannagar.
From here, we will go to Chinsurah, the former Dutch Colony. On the way we will stop at the magnificent tomb of Susanna Ana Maria, a prominent philanthropist of her time, who had dubiously inspired Ruskin Bond’s Susanna’s Seven Husbands, and in turn the Bollywood movie Saat Khoon Maaf. This will be followed by a visit to the Dutch Cemetery, and a walk along the river to explore what remains of Chinsurah’s Dutch vestiges.
This will be followed by a visit to Hooghly Imambara, a beautiful mid-19th century structure by the Hooghly river, before having lunch near Bandel Church. After lunch, we will see Bandel Church, the oldest active Church in all of Bengal, followed by a visit to Hangsheswari Temple. The tour will end at the 13th century Dargah of Zafar Khan Gazi before we make our way back to Kolkata
Price: Rs. 2500/person (Rs. 1250/person for children up to 15 years)
1. AC Transportation
2. Breakfast at a roadside Dhaba
3. Lunch at an AC restaurant (Veg Thali or Chicken Biriyani)
4. All Entry Fees
5. Snacks, Tea/Coffee, Lassi, Water
6. Guide Fees
The pickup and drop point for the tour is Shyambazar Metro Gate 4.
27th January: Book here
Col. Mark Wood’s Map: 1780s European Calcutta Walk (Dalhousie Square)
In 1784 Lt. Col. Mark Wood drew the first (and earliest surviving) detailed map of the European settlement in Calcutta. Several streets and buildings and other features of the landscape that Markwood’s map depicts, still survive, albeit in different names. In this heritage walk, we will retrace the steps of Lt. Col. Markwood to explore streets and identify buildings depicted in this 1784 map of European Calcutta. While doing this, the explorers will learn about the history of the city between 1757 and 1807, a 50 year period following the Battle of Plassey when Calcutta emerged as the “Second City of the British Empire”.
We will end the walk with tea and street food snacks (if preferred) at Dacres Lane a stretch famous for its street food.
Price: INR 625/person
Inclusions: Guide Fee, All Entry Fee, Tea, Snacks, and Water.
Meeting Point: In front of GPO
Total distance: 2 km | Duration: 2.5 hours
20th January: Book here
South Park Street Cemetery Tomb Hunt
In this walking tour, we will explore an early colonial cemetery of Kolkata: the South Park Street Cemetery. We’ll visit South Park Street Cemetery, the largest non-Church cemetery outside Anglo-American world in the 19th century! We will identify different types of grave architecture. Learn about life and death in colonial Calcutta and the graves of its pioneering personalities, and know who the ‘most beautiful girl in Calcutta’ was in the late 18th century and a hair-raising mission of a British envoy to Tibet.
A jaunt to the Scottish Cemetery might be included in the itinerary if circumstances permit.
Start Point: Entrance to South Park Street Cemetery
Start Time: 9.30 AM
Duration: Approximately 1.5 hrs
Walk Leader: Dr. Tathagata Neogi
Dr. Tathagata Neogi, the Founder of Heritage Walk Caclutta, is an archaeologist trained in the United Kingdom. Apart from his professional training in archaeology, he is extremely passionate about Kolkata’s history and its rich cultural heritage. After completing a First Class BA (Hons.) in History from Jadavpur University, Tathagata did MA in Archaeology from University of Exeter, UK. He has recently completed his PhD in archaeology from the University of Exeter. Tathagata has also led a heritage documentation project in West Bengal and was the member of International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) from 2012-2016.
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Private Walking Tours
All of our Scheduled Walking Tours are also available for private bookings. If you want to see Kolkata on foot at your own pace with one of our expert walk leaders, please feel free to get in touch with us. Choose a walk that you would like to do with us, and let us know about your preferred date and time. If the day and the time slot is available, we will confirm the booking immediately. If the day and the time slot of your first preference is not available, we will work with you to find another day and time that suits you the best.
Each walking tour will be for 2:30-3:00 hr long, and the cost includes guide fees, water, tea/coffee/lassi/snacks, all entry fees (where required). We also provide pickup and drop services for our private tours on request. There will be an additional cost for this service and is charged based on actuals (the taxi fare).
Price: 1000/person (plus pick-up and drop-off charges if required)
Minimum group size: 01 | Maximum group size: 10
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India’s Oldest Chinatown Walk
Calcutta boasts the oldest Chinatown in the world outside the sphere of Chinese cultural influence in Southeast Asia. The Chinese community from several villages in South China started arriving and settling in Calcutta, a thriving colonial capital, since the late 1770s. Soon they started calling the city home, with only formal ties with their original homeland. The Chinese in Calcutta excelled as artisans and later, as restaurateurs, and built Taoist temples in their settlement in Tiretta Bazar. A thriving Chinatown thus came up in the center of the city, adding to the ethnic and cultural diversity to Calcutta.
In this walk, we will explore what little remains of this Old Chinatown of Kolkata. We will visit 5 Chinese temples, learn about the Chinese culture and traditions unique to the Kolkata Chinese, and we will finish the walk with a delicious Chinese lunch at Sei Vui restaurant, which is housed inside a remodeled dormitory for Chinese migrants to Calcutta.
Please note: Access to some temples might be restricted. The walk passes through some dirty stretches and by butcher shops selling mutton, pork, and beef.
Start Time: 10.00 AM
Start Point: In Front of Rana Pratap Statue on the junction of Sun Yat Sen Sarani-New CIT Road-Central Avenue
Duration: Approximately 2 hrs followed by a lunch
Price: Rs 800/person (includes lunch)
Walk Leader: Dr. Tathagata Neogi
Dr. Tathagata Neogi, the Founder of Heritage Walk Calcutta, is an archaeologist trained in the United Kingdom. Apart from his professional training in archaeology, he is extremely passionate about Kolkata’s history and its rich cultural heritage. After completing a First Class BA (Hons.) in History from Jadavpur University, Tathagata did MA in Archaeology from University of Exeter, UK. He has recently completed his PhD in archaeology from the University of Exeter. Tathagata has also led a heritage documentation project in West Bengal, and was the member of International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) from 2012-2016.