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Kolkata/East

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Eastern Kolkata is a district of Kolkata in Southeast Bengal.

Understand[edit]

East Kolkata basically covers new growth areas on the eastern side of the metroplis and it is an area that is still growing. It houses the IT hub of Kolkata, shopping emporiums and amusement parks. Science City is a major attraction. Salt Lake Stadium is a major occasional crowd puller. Large number of hospitals attract patients from the metropolis and beyond. A number of new hotels have come up. It covers Rajarhat, Jyoti Basu Nagar, Bidhannagar and the areas around Eastern Metropolitan Bypass.

Get in[edit]

Numerous bus routes connect the area with other parts of the city.

Two new metro routes are under construction - the East-West Metro and the New Garia-Airport Metro. However, with funding limitations and land acquisition problems, such developments take years, if not decades.

Get around[edit]

The area is extensive and still developing. Cycle rickshaws are available for short trips wherever there is regular demand for it. Point-to-point auto rickshaw services are there but are not as extensive or frequent as in some other parts of the metropolis.

Area landmarks[edit]

  • 1 Tangra or New China Town (On Park Circus Connector, turn north near D.N.Dey Homeopathic College & Hospital at Topsia Bus Stand). Tangra (New China Town) along with Tiretta Bazaar (Old China Town) is the only Chinatown in India. The locality was once home to 20,000 ethnic Chinese, now the population has dropped to 2,000 or so. The traditional occupation of the Chinese community here had been working in the nearby tanning industry and the Chinese restaurants. The area is still noted for the Chinese restaurants where many people flock to taste traditional Chinese and Indian Chinese food. Historically there were many opium dens in this area (now opium is illegal).
  • 2 International Bus Terminal, Karunamoyee. The Kolkata-Dhaka bus service operates from here.
  • 3 Milan Mela, JBS Haldane Avenue (Park Circus Connector). It is a permanent trade fair complex. Fairs of different kinds are held at regular intervals, including Kolkata Book Fair,
  • 4 Salt Lake Stadium. The stadium has the second largest non-auto racing capacity in the world and largest in the Indian sub-continent. It is currently used for football matches and athletics. The stadium was built in 1984 and holds 120,000 in a three-tier configuration.

See[edit]

Map of Kolkata/East
  • 2 Eco Park (Prakiti Tirtha (প্রকৃতি তীর্থ)), Major Arterial Road (South-East), Action Area II, New Town, Kolkata, +91 33-2706-4010. 12:00 - 16:30. A 480 acre landscaped park surrounding a 104 acre water body. Activities include paddleboats, rowboats, duo cycles, birdwatching, etc. 20.
  • 3 Mother's Wax Museum, CBD-1,HIDCO TOWER,69-1111,NEW TOWN, +91 33-23247243. 12:00 - 15:30. The Mother's Wax Museum consists of nine sections containg 18 to 19 wax models of eminent personalities. It contains models of Maradona, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Manna Dey, Rabindranath Tagore, Mahatma Gandhi, etc. 150.
  • 4 Nalban Boating Complex, +91 33 2357 2888. Adjoining Nicco Park, Nalban lake as the name suggests is mainly lakes and creeks (nal) fringed by groves (ban). It is a beautiful picnic spot for families, who would like to spend few hours in the lush greenery and placid lake. It is tucked away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Its unpolluted environment offers a respite and soothes the visitors.
  • 5 Nicco Park, Salt Lake Sector IV, +91 33 66285549, +91 33 66285509. It is Disneyland for Kolkattans with its various adventure rides. Opened in 1991, Nicco Park is one of the biggest amusement parks in the country and has innovative entertainment for all age groups. This amusement park offers fun for children as well as adults and draws crowds from suburban Kolkata especially on the weekends.
  • 6 Science City, At the junction of J.B.S. Haldane Avenue (Park Circus Connector) and Eastern Metropolitan Bypass. It is one of the most spectacular science centres in the country. The size of the Science City baffles the first time visitor.
  • 7 Swabhumi Heritage Park. Here one can sample local arts and crafts as well as some of the food from its various stalls.

Do[edit]

Buy[edit]

  • 1 Apsara Shopping Arcade (At the crossing of EM Bypass and Prince Anwar Shah connector).
  • 2 Axis Mall, Action Area 1C, Block CF, Plot No. 09, New Town, Rajarhat, +91 33 32006827. Shopping mall, restaurants, Bioscope multiplex with four screens
  • 4 City Centre II Rajarhat.
  • 8 Mani Square, 164/1, Manicktala Main Road (EM Bypass). It has more than 710,000 square feet (66,000 m2) of total area accommodating 250 outlets.
  • 9 Metro Cash & Carry, 322 Mouza Barakhola, on EM Bypass. Wholesale market. One must be a registered card holder to buy things here in bulk.
  • 10 Silver Spring Arcade, EM Bypass.
  • 11 Upohar Town Centre (Attached to Upohar Housing Complex of Bengal Ambuja), New Garia (Near Kavi Subhas terminal metro station). Spencer's and other outlets.

Eat[edit]

City Centre II Rajarhat[edit]

  • Gamma's World Cuisine, M 208, 2nd Floor, +91 33 40620069. International cuisine. Drinks served.
  • Kwality Wall Swirl's. Desserts
  • McDonald's, Unit A001, Block A, Ground Floor, +91 33 66064251. American fast food. Drinks not served.
  • The Orient, Ground Floor, +91 33 65410399. Chinese cuisine Drinks not served.
  • Pizza Hut, Ground Floor, Block C, +91 33 40620073. Italian cuisine, desserts. Drinks not served.

Axis Mall[edit]

  • Aaheli, 4th floor, +91 33 23242411, +91 9007770841. 12:30AM - 10:30PM. Bengali cuisine. Drinks served. Good environment, high price, indifferent service.
  • Addiction, 4th floor, +91 33 3200 6827. North Indian, Chinese cuisine Drinks served..
  • Cafe Coffee Day, 2nd floor. 10:30AM to 11:30PM.
  • Calcutta Retro, 5th Floor, +91 33 23242345. 12:30AM - 10:30PM. Bengali cuisine. Drinks served.

City Centre Salt Lake City[edit]

  • Afraa Restaurant, 7th Floor, Block G, +91 33 23581111, +91 9007017098. 12.30 - 3PM, 7 - 11PM. Continental, Mediterranean, Italian and Japanese cuisine. Drinks served.
  • Caught n Bowled, 4th Floor, Block B, +91 33 23580333, +91 33 23589993. 12 noon - 3:30PM, 7 -10:45PM. Chinese, Continental and North Indian cuisine. Drinks served.
  • Copper Chimney, 3rd Floor, Block C, +91 33 40215555, +91 8420000206. 12 noon - 3:30PM, 7PM - 10:30PM. North Indian cuisine. Drinks not served.

Mani Square[edit]

  • Khandani Rajdhani Restaurant, 4th Floor, +91 33 23202828, +91 33 23202839. 11:30AM - 3:30PM, 6.30 - 11PM. Rajasthani, Gujarati cuisine. Drinks not served.
  • McDonald's, Ground Floor, +91 33 66064251. 11AM - 11PM. American fast food. Drinks not served.
  • The Shack, 4th Floor, +91 33 65364679. 1 - 11PM. Goan cuisine. Drinks served.

Silver Spring Arcade[edit]

  • Masque, 3rd Floor, +91 33 22517283. North Indian cuisine.Drinks served.

China Town[edit]

  • Golden Joy, 50/1, Matherswar Tala Rd (Near Gobinda Khatick Post Office), +91 33 65350880, +91 9051870888. Chinese cuisine. Drinks served.

Other places[edit]

  • Charnock's, KB 26, Sector 3, Salt Lake City, +91 33 23351349, +91 9051325905. 12 noon to 4PM, 7-30 to 10-30 pm. Continental, Bengali, North Indian cuisine. Drinks served.

Drink[edit]

Sleep[edit]

Budget[edit]

Salt Lake[edit]

Salt Lake is a quiet by well developed township of Eastern Kolkata.

  • 1 Aquatic Palace, NP 222, Sector V, Salt Lake City, Krishnapur (Opposite Technopolis), +91 33 44502716.
  • Step In, G6 Tagore, Ruby Park, Kasba (Near Ruby Hospital), +91 33 66037838.
  • 2 Sun & Services, GC 35, Sector 3 Bidhannagar (Near GC Island), +91 33 66245815.

Mukundapur[edit]

Mukundapur has a number of hospitals - notably Dr. Devi Shetty's Rabindranath Tagore International Institute of Cardiac Sciences, Medica, Vision Care of AMRI and Shankara Nethralaya.

  • Meghalaya Guest House, 138 Barakhola, Mukundapur, +91 33 32986868. ₹300 per double-bedded non-AC room.
  • Uttam Guest House, 1563 Mukundapur Rd, +91 33 24264287, +91 9830057482. ₹500-₹600 per double-bedded non-AC room, ₹800-₹900 per double-bedded AC room.

Panchasayar[edit]

Panchasayar is a quiet neighbourhood near Peerless Hospital

  • Atithi, 7 Sonali Park, Panchasayar, +91 9830380049. ₹250-₹350 per double-bedded non-AC room.
  • Maity Villa, 27 Sonali Park, Panchasayar, +91 9836955183. ₹300-₹500 double-bedded non-AC room; ₹800-₹1200 for double-bedded AC room.
  • Ricko, 22 Shanti Park, Panchasayar, +91 9836955183. ₹300-₹600 per double-bedded non-AC room.
  • Shib Bandhalay, 21 Shanti Park, Panchasayar. ₹400 per double-bedded non-AC room.

Mid-range[edit]

  • 4 Alcove Guest House & Service Apartment, Block DL-39 , Salt Lake City (Close to CK Market.), +91 89510 89510, e-mail: . All rooms with air-conditioning, TV and private bathroom. Breakfast complimentary, free WiFI access. They also have guest houses at other locations in Salt Lake City and Kolkata. ₹2250 for serviced room.
  • 10 NRI Residency, C.I.T Road, Kankurgachi (located close to Salt Lake and the EM Bypass), e-mail: . offers guesthouse style accommodation with clean and large AC rooms with Western-style private bathrooms. ₹1050-₹1200.
  • 11 Tiger Inn, 1686 Lashkrhat, Tagore Park (Block -1) Naskar Hat, Kasba (Near Calcutta International School and Fortis Hospital. Off EM Bypass), +91 33 2345 2433.

Splurge[edit]

  • 16 [dead link]Monotel, DM-2, Salt Lake, Sector-V, Kolkata 700 091 (Next to Wipro Technologies), +91 33-40302000. A luxury hotel, located in the IT Hub, Sectort V, Salt Lake.

Connect[edit]

This district travel guide to East is a usable article. It has information for getting in as well as some complete entries for restaurants and hotels. An adventurous person could use this article, but please feel free to improve it by editing the page.