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5 Places Where You Can Head To When You Are In New Town

    Rajarhat has now become a satellite city on the outskirts of Kolkata. So if you don't want to travel far for a weekend getaway, head to New Town for these uber cool places.

    Eco Park

    Eco Park

    Newtown, Kolkata

    New Town-Rajarhat has the largest park in Kolkata with a lot of fun stuff to do. Next time you are looking for something to do with your gang, head to this place and your day will be sorted. You can play on trampolines, go cycling or boating, unwind at an Ayurvedic spa. It has a huge water body on which you can go kayaking (INR 150 for half an hour), or speed boating (INR 50 for one round of the lake for 30 minutes), and land and water zorbing (INR 150 for one person for 200 minutes of land or 15 minutes in water). The place also lets you try your hands at ice-skating, archery and rifle shooting.

    Once you are done with all that, head to the Biswa Bangla Haat where you can pick up handmade goods from Bengal. There are stalls set up by craftspersons and artisans and a designer’s enclave with stores by city designers.

    The park has two restaurants – lakeside restaurant at Café Ekante (have the nolen gurer ice cream here) and a Japanese restaurant.

    Nazrul Tirtha

    When we talk about Kolkata, it is impossible to leave out culture. Nazrul Tirtha is the cultural and educational centre dedicated to poet Kazi Nazrul Islam, and is situated at Action Area 1, New Town. From November 2015, it became the official venue for the Kolkata International Film Festival. Currently, Nazrul Tirtha is serving as a cinema hall and open air theatre for exhibitions and performances.

    A Wax Museum To Rival Madame Tussauds

    The Mothers Wax Museum is Kolkata’s own Madame Tussaud’s. It has become a popular spot for selfies – next to life-size models of many personalities. You'l find wax statues of Mahatma Gandhi, Subhas Chandra Bose, Jagdish Chandra Bose, Rabindranath Tagore, Kazi Nazrul Islam, and singers such as Manna Dey, Lata Mangeshkar and Kishore Kumar, actors Suchitra Sen and Uttam Kumar, sports legends like Diego Maradona and Sourav Ganguly, and hugely popular movie characters including the likes of Harry Potter and Jack Sparrow.

    Rabindra Tirtha

    We know that Shantiniketan is too far, but if you still want to explore the bard's work, visit Rabindra Tirtha. It is a cultural centre in Narkelbagan, New Town, dedicated to Rabindranath Tagore. The project has been developed by the HIDCO and houses an exhibition of Tagore’s paintings, archives, a research centre, an auditorium and dormitories for students opting to conduct their research on Tagore.

    DLF Galleria

    Designed by Hafeez Contractor, the DLF Galleria is at the centre of Action Area Phase-I in New Town, Rajarhat. The new space has the Country Roads microbrewery and a Bliss Spa. It also provides affordable office spaces, topped with an office atrium on the ground floor.

    A Korean Bakery

    King's Bakery

    Newtown, Kolkata

    The city’s nomnom factor went up by a few notches with kimchi and bibimbap when King’s Bakery opened its doors. They serve Korean breads, buns, donuts, coffee, bowl meals and even pickles as well as traditional Korean hanbok (a form of Korean clothing). The place is run by Seok Jung, a trained Barista from Korea and his wife, Sojin Lee. Typical Korean breads with toppings like the soboro or the mocha bun are a must-try with a mild brew coffee. Coffee fanatics, you can pick up awesome roasted coffee beans from here. And do look out for the coffee roaster shaped like R2D2!