The present Sovabazar Rajbari, a Grade I heritage building built by Raja Naba Krishna Deb is situated at 33R/1A, Raja Naba Krishna Street. Its architecture represents an ensemble of Hindu, Moorish and colonial traditions. Raja Naba Krishna Deb was Lord Clive’s ‘Munshi’ or tutor in Bengali, Persian, as well as the close confidant. During his lifetime this Rajbari played important role in the cultural and social life of Bengal.
The first of the prominent old Bengali residences as one move northward along Rabindra Sadan (or Chitpur Road, the oldest road of Kolkata) is the Jorasanko Rajbari of the family of Rajendra Narayan Roy. It has a nice colonnaded front with verandas, terraces fitted with delicate cast-iron grills.
How to reach
Nearest railway station is Howrah. Nearest Metro Railway station is Girish Park.
Bus services are also available from many parts of Kolkata. Jorasanko is the nearest bus stoppage.
Kumartuli is the neighbourhood of artisans specializing in making clay idols of gods and goddesses. In makeshift shafts idols in various stages of completion can be seen-from bamboo straw structures to the finished idols. The area becomes a fascinating hive of activity especially before the Durga Puja. Watching the artisans engrossed in their intricate work itself has the ability to mesmerize any onlooker. Today the idols made in Kumartuli adorns pandals across the world. The temple at Kumartuli is also the abode of the original idol of 'Devi Dhakeswari' brought from Dhaka during the partition.
How to reach
It's easiest to take a taxi (it will take around 30 minutes from central Kolkata) to Kumartuli. Otherwise, buses and trains go there. The nearest metro station is the Sovabazar Metro. Sovabazar Launch Ghat (alongside the Ganges river) is also close by. Taking a walk to the riverbank is worthwhile, can see old Gothic and Victorian style mansions. From there visitor can get a boat back to central Kolkata.
The present Sovabazar Rajbari, a Grade I heritage building built by Raja Naba Krishna Deb is situated at 33R/1A, Raja Naba Krishna Street. Its architecture represents an ensemble of Hindu, Moorish and colonial traditions. Raja Naba Krishna Deb was Lord Clive's 'Munshi' or tutor in Bengali, Persian, as well as the close confidant. During his lifetime this Rajbari played important role in the cultural and social life of Bengal. He was one of the first residents of Kolkata to celebrate Durga Puja in 1757 on a grand scale after the British defeated Siraj-ud-daulah at the battle of Plassey. Many renowned English men like Lord Clive and Warren Hastings were in the list of invitees during this festival, thus making it 'sarbojonin'.
It was here that the first civic reception of Swami Vivekananda after his return from Chicago Parliament of Religions was organized in 1897 by Raja Binoy Krishna Deb Bahadur.
How to reach
Sovabazar Ahiritola station is nearest Railway station which is connected by Circular Rail.
Nearest Metro Railway station is Shovabazar Sutanuti.
Bus services are available from many parts of Kolkata. Shovabazar Lal Mandir is nearest bus stop to reach there.
Rajendra Nath Mullick's Residence, turned into a museum situated on 46, Muktaram Babu Street is one of the most elegant palatial nineteenth century mansions in North Kolkata. Built by a French architect in 1835, the enormous facade of the palace has an imposing portico with stucco work and six fluted Corinthian columns, topped by an elaborately ornamented triangular pediment. The garden encircling the palace is dotted with marble fountains, statues of gods and goddesses from Greek and Hindu pantheon, notable among which is a stunning statue of "Leda and Swan". The garden houses a zoo. It is learnt that 90 varieties of patterned marble had been used on the floors of the mansion and hence, Lord Minto called it a Marble Palace. Inside, the walls have ornate stucco mouldings and the museum is a treasure trove of curios, statues and paintings including oil paintings by Rubens and Joshua Reynolds.
How to reach
Girish Park and Mahatma Gandhi Road are nearby Metro Railway stations. Howrah and Sealdah are nearest railway stations. Ram Mandir is nearest bus stoppage to reach this place.
Jorasanko Thakurbari on 6B, Dwarakanath Tagore Lane off Rabindra Sarani was the home to the Tagore’s since the end of 18th Century. It’s inhabitants occupied the most important positions in the different aspects of social and cultural life of the19th Century Bengal, the most renowned being Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore. Today the premise houses Rabindra Bharati University, inaugurated by Jawaharlal Nehru on Rabindranath Tagore’s birth centenary on 8th May, 1962. In the Maharshi Bhaban, named after Maharshi Debendranath Tagore, Rabindranath Tagore was born and breathed his last. The building and the ‘Bichitra’ has turned into a museum named ‘Rabindra Bharati Museum’, which is a major repository of memorabilia, paintings etc. of the Tagores.
How to reach
JORASANKO THAKUR BARI
Nearest railway station is Howrah. Nearest Metro Railway station is Girish Park. Bus services are also available from many parts of Kolkata. Jorasanko is the nearest bus stoppage.
House of Gokul Mitra
At the junction of Rabindra Sarani and Madan Mohan Tala Street, this house dates back to 1730s. The house belonged to Gokul Mitra who acquired the Chandni Chawk Bazar in a lottery in 1784. It has a temple of Madan Mohan and a large 'thakur-dalan' with columns rising up to second storey. The story has it that the King of Bishnupur pawned the original idol of Madan Mohan to Gokul Mitra when he fell in hard times