River Walks River walks features the Hooghly River, also known locally as the Ganges. We provide 2 walks that highlight slightly different aspects of the river side.
River Walk 1. We take the metro (India’s first) to Shovabazar, the site of one of the Kolkata’s original villages (Sutanuti) and walk through Kurmatoli, the enclave where fabulous sculptures of the gods are fashioned for the many religious festivals held in the city. From there we stroll along the river to Baghbazar to ferry back one stop and resume our walk along the river to Ahiratola, passing small river shrines and bathing ghats once privately owned by rich babus. Staying on the river we ferry first under the monumental Howrah Bridge to Howrah Station and then past the cityscape of BBD Bagh to Babughat.
River Walk 2. The Working River. A morning street market, the home of the gods, the back streets of old Calcutta, a ferry ride, a walk across the famous Howrah Bridge, the flower market and river ghats and back via the warehouses and streetcarts of coolies loading the trucks for eastern India. This is the mix in this river centred walk that highlights the life of people whose work is influenced by the proximity of the Ganges.