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Glimpses of an urban paradise….Ecopark Kolkata

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With the approach of New Year , the holiday crowds swell on the Calcutta roads. You will find them everywhere- the Zoo, Victoria, Maidan, Swabhumi cultural complex, not to mention the malls and multiplexes. But what better way to spend a cool winter afternoon than in the lap of nature? And what better place than Prakriti Tirtha (Oasis of nature) at Rajarhat?

The newest jewel in the crown of the City of Joy is this 480 acre nature park in Rajarhat. Conceptualised by the Chief Minister Ms. Mamata Banerjee, planned by the West Bengal Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO) and inaugurated by the Chief Minister on 29 Dec 2012, this is one place where you can stretch your limbs, have fun, play a host of games, grab a bite and also charge your lungs with fresh, unpolluted air. Hugely popular in the last two years, this has become the ideal place to relax, unwind, and rejuvenate with family and friends.

Location_Prakriti Tirtha

 

Location map

We reached there at 3 pm, after a lazy Sunday lunch. And sure enough, the car park was full, but the enterprising local folks made parking arrangements nearby, charging Rs. 50/- per head. There was a carnival going on next door to the park, but we decided to give it a miss. We could see crowds all around- children and adults alike. Kids playing with balloons, cooing lovers, folks taking a quick nap on the lawns- this place had them all. Buying a colourful red ball for our daughter, we  had an impromptu game on the greens,  and going by her delighted expression, it was evident that this was a better choice than a claustrophobic mall anyday ! Being spread over a huge area means even a full capacity crowd doesn’t make the place seem congested- there’s place for everyone at Prakriti Tirtha!

Inside

Inside

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The holiday crowd

Divided into three broad parts; i) ecological zones, ii)theme gardens and open spaces, and iii) urban recreational spaces, Prakriti Tirtha has something for everyone- gardens, musical fountain, play area, archery, cycling, land zorbing , boating, kayaking, water zorbing, gaming, food court, amphitheatre, eco cottages  (whoah!) .Of course, this being Calcutta, there is no chance to escape Rabindranath , so you have colourful names such as Rabi Aranya ( Rabi’s forest)!

Eco_Park_Guide_Map

Guide map

For me, a personal high was the chance to capture the sun setting over the placid lake awash in the crimson colours of sunset, boats gliding in the foreground. I love to capture the Sun- it’s got some kind of umbilical association with me!

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Enjoying the sunset

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The crimson colours of sunset

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The crimson colours of sunset

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Row, row, little boat……

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The placid lake and the setting sun

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Calm waters

We thought of boating, but came to the conclusion that the wait wouldn’t have been worth it, deciding instead that we would visit another day. However, we had fun clicking pictures near the fountain, in many poses. All in all, an afternoon well spent. As we walked on our way out, my daughter perched firmly on my shoulders, we decided we would come back again soon.

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Fountains

Baby's day out_2

Baby’s day out

Baby's day out

Baby’s day out

INFO

  • Address:  Prakriti Tirtha; Major Arterial Road(South-East), Action Area II, New Town, Kolkata, West Bengal 700156; Phone- 033 2324 6038
  • Hours:

Tue to Sat : 12:00 pm to  08:30 pm

Sun & Holidays : 12:00 pm to 08:30 pm

Closed on Monday for maintenance.

Park entry and Ticket counter closes at 07:30PM.

  • Entry charge : Rs 20/-
  • Details :  

http://www.ecoparknewtown.com

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Town_Eco_Park

18 comments on “Glimpses of an urban paradise….Ecopark Kolkata

  1. bidyut108 says:

    A good blog. Especially one which caters my need to know about that place. But a sort of personal review stanza would have been better.
    A fellow blogger.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. abhibishnu says:

      Thanks. The personal review part is coming…composing it in my little grey cells now !

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Jatin Adlakha says:

    Nice clicks, friend! As biduyt mentioned above, would love to read more about your experience, looking forward to it. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  3. abhibishnu says:

    Thanks, Jatin ! I will put it up soon.

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    1. abhibishnu says:

      Thank you, sir. I am truly inspired!

      Like

  4. Nisha says:

    Lovely pictorial story. Now write something about them. 🙂
    Here is wishing you a year full of travel.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. abhibishnu says:

      Thanks, Nisha. The writeup is coming soon. I wish you a travel-filled year, too.

      Like

  5. Moon says:

    Nice coverage! I must visit this place soon

    Liked by 1 person

  6. abhibishnu says:

    Dear All
    I have added the review. Please check.

    Like

  7. joshi daniel says:

    cool sunset shots 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

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