Where to head for a romantic escapade this winter?
The love is in the air and so is the nip of winter. This is that time of the year, when you wish to hold hands, walk a mile and enjoy nature. Kolkata itself is a romantic city that weaves tales in every dusty corner, in every unkempt or adorned park, and among its many British era architecture. It has many old and new charming locales, which take you away from the urban chaos to explore the romantic fervor of this boisterous city. So here we bring to you some such escapades.
Prinsep Ghat Photo-Aritra Bandyopadhyay
Prinsep Ghat: Old-school romantics love coming to this place. The splendour of the Vidyasagar Setu towering above the flowing Hooghly. The monument of Greek and Gothic style adds to the beauty of the river. Lazing on the ghat or just taking a stroll, holding hands while watching the sun slowly sink into horizon and painting the river in myriad hues has an inexplicable magic by itself. The entire area is thoroughly illuminated in the evening which makes the experience mesmerizing. The riverside outing is incomplete without a romantic private boat ride. There are countless street food options too. Feed your love with some tangy chat, phuchka or even a cool cool ice-cream candy.
Elliot Park: Located right in the middle of a concrete jungle, this park is almost like a green valley. Elliot Park has fountains, ponds, walkways and green crescendo which make it an ideal spot for the romantic souls. You can take a brief respite from your hectic schedule and enjoy the company of your beloved, sitting in the lap of nature. Certain concerts and events also take place on its grounds from time to time. There are multiple seating arrangements amidst the pleasant environment which help one to enjoy moments of solitude. Elliot Park is a perfect dating spot.
Rabindra Sarobar Photo-Aritra Bandyopadhyay
Rabindra Sarobar: This artificial lake near Southern Avenue is a perfect gateway from the hullabaloo of the city. The tranquility that surrounds the lake is truly rejuvenating. During winter, this place also becomes a refuge for migratory birds. The picturesque sunset, colourful flowers and the chirp of the birds makes all the difference. Sit here with a cup of tea with your partner and enjoy the bliss of nature right in the middle of a chaotic city.
Eco Park: This is a new addition, far from the city, but worth a visit for the huge area it covers. The well-defined pathways make it perfect for a stroll. There are lots to do at Eco Park including watersports, boating, water zorbing and kayaking which truly offer couples an exciting adrenaline rush. So if you are the adventurous romantic, just jump on to the eco-sports complex. Or just enjoy a breathtaking sunset from the thatched Artist’s Cottage.
Victoria Memorial Photo-Aritra Bandyopadhyay
Victoria Memorial: For all history enthusiasts, Victoria Memorial grounds is the ideal spot to take you back to a bygone era. The majestic structure in marble with its sprawling lawns, fountains and water bodies is an idyllic spot for the poetic souls. The colonial lights add a sense of mysticism to the structure in the evening. During winters, you can also watch light and sound shows and know your past as much as you delve into the present!