Where you stay in any city plays a major role in whether you love/hate the city. Concerned about this fact I planned to stay on S.N Banerjee Road, which made Kolkata quick to access, with easy travel. After a heavy foodie exploration on Day 1, we planned to do some sightseeing to learn more about the culture, people, and architecture, and so my day of exploring began.
The day started with visiting the Victoria Memorial. Like the Taj Mahal, the Victoria Memorial is also made of white Makrana marble and is a memorial to the British empress, Queen Victoria. The place is well maintained, and is a huge tourist destination with a museum inside. The entrance itself is large, with white stones and greenery all around, and it evokes a majestic feeling, just perfect for clicking pictures. The memorial is dazzling during the day and equally mesmerizing at night, though I couldn’t explore the night view, but heard a lot about it. So when in Kolkata do definitely visit.
The next destination for us before we halted for lunch was The Indian Museum; it’s the largest and oldest museum in India, which has some rare collections from ancient times. It took us a good hour to explore the museum and its different sections, taking us into the world of antiques, armor and ornaments, fossils, skeletons, mummies, and Mughal paintings. The museum was quite well maintained. Videography was prohibited inside the premises.
Lunchtime, and confused about where to eat, we finally zeroed in on my personal favourite (if you have met me after the trip you definitely know this ;)) The Peter Cat. Once you enter, the ambience takes you to some different era altogether, where the waiters’ uniforms are unique enough to grab your attention. To begin with we ordered Strawberry Blossom, which was very ok, which I will not recommend. Next we ordered the Chelo Kebab, and it’s totally a must-try. A dish which is a combination of starter and main course, it consists of a bed of rice, with a half fry on top, some rare herbs on one side, mutton kebabs on the other and well-cooked, tender chicken pieces in a third corner. It’s enough to fill one person’s stomach. Next we ordered the Dum-ki-Raan, an entire leg of mutton, slow cooked. I usually don’t eat mutton outside but I must say they cooked it to perfection. The bread was accompanied by a generous serving of butter – it’s the little things that make all the difference. Overall it’s totally a must visit, to experience a different and unique set-up, and tasty food.
After lunch, we went to Wolves 11 to chill for some time, a place quite hidden inside a building, which was a bit difficult to locate at first, then once you enter the building the directions are quite self explanatory. We played a game of pool; Ravina and Devesh were helpful and taught us the game. Some hookah and pool made for a lovely time, then we ordered some Cheese-Corn pasta (kind of custom made, as our friend here loves corn ;). The place wasn’t very crowded in the late afternoon, which was nice: Overall, a decent experience.
Then we went to learn more about Vigyaan (Science) – kidding – but we did explore the very famous and the largest science centre in the Indian subcontinent, called Science City. When we entered we tried the Cable Cars; it was a new experience, something I have never done before, then the Gravity Coaster, and I honestly felt like I was back in my childhood.
On the other side of Science City was the Space Odyssey, which had Space science, the spinning platform, a Van-de-Graaff generator, Mirror Magic, and an interactive multimedia kiosk on the Solar System. From there we moved on to watch Evolution of Life – A Dark Ride, which had seven sections to showcase the milestone of each of the events and their evolution of life. Science City is quite a large area, divided into different zones, which caters to everyone’s need. After so much brain application and knowledge gaining, it was time to find dinner.
We had planned for Grid, but unfortunately it had 1-1.5 hours waiting time, being a weekend, so we left disappointed, and headed to Beijing .
I am a total Indian Chinese fan and ironically, Beijing is authentic. We started our dinner with some Chicken Manchow soup and the quantity was just too much, one soup can fill 3.5 bowls, imagine!After that we ordered Pepper Chicken Chilly Garlic. It was just ok – a bit tough and less in quantity – I had read a lot of recommendations on Zomato, but was disappointed. For the main course we ordered the Beijing Special Rice Noodles (it’s the noodles made of rice and not the combination type we are used to). It was quite bland for my taste. We had a few spoons and left as this was not the kind of food we enjoy.