What is a perfect romantic date for you? For most of us, the ideal answer to this question will include some of the points like visiting a beautiful place, have a sumptuous meal, doing some fun activity together, walking by a lake may be, visiting some old monuments, spending some quality time in the lap of nature and most importantly the perfect person to do all of these. If you are someone residing in Kolkata, then you may be already known by now, that this city has an abundance of romantic places like this to plan the perfect date with our partner. From old school historical places to full-on nature and everything in between, Kolkata is like that Pandora’s box- you open it and got everything you want. So, if you have a date to catch up in a few weeks, want to ditch the all-time “shopping mall-bar-movie-dinner” plan- then we have got your back.
Here, in no particular order, some of the coolest and iconic places of Kolkata, you can definitely consider spending your next Saturday/Sunday evening with your partner-
ECO PARK, FOR THOSE WHO LOVE NATURE
For the couple, who loves to spend time together in the lap of nature and also wanted to feel adventurous at the same time, Eco park is the place for them. A relatively new addition in the map of Kolkata, this place already got famous with its well-curated lawns, large water bodies, and different other attractions. Located in the newest part of the city, this 408 acres of area has different separated parks like rose gardens, butterfly gardens, etc. It also has replicas of the seven wonders of the world, along with the replicas of some of the famous “terracotta mandirs of Bishnupur”, scattered here and there in the park. The newly open Japanese garden and the Restaurant is another favorite. But the most exciting thing is the gamut of sports, for both land and water, the park has to offer. You can also take a small toy train ride or also use the e-carts available there to explore the biggest park in the city.
Location: Major Arterial Road (South-East), Action Area II, New Town, Kolkata
Timings: Monday – closed
Tuesday to Saturday – 12:00 hours to 19:30 hours
Sunday – 11:00 AM to 7:30 PM
Costs: Entry – INR 30
Rides and games have separate individual prices
VICTORIA MEMORIAL- FOR THE HISTORY LOVERS
A testament to the British colonial history of the city, Victoria Memorial stands tall and proud at one of the oldest and high-profile parts of the city. Built in a classic colonial architectural manner, this place has a lush garden, water bodies, different colonial style structures all over the pebbled walkways around the main memorial hall also. It is like a royalty and serenity personified. There is a museum inside the main memorial building, bearing several artifacts and portraits from the British monarchs and different viceroys’ of British India. There are also old photographs from the streets of Calcutta, exhibited in one gallery. The Victoria Memorial building also lit up beautifully in nights. And also you should not miss the light and sound show if you are planning to visit in a winter evening.
Location: Victoria Memorial Hall, 1, Queens Way, Kolkata
Costs: Entry for Garden – INR 10
Entry for Museum – INR 20
Timings: For Gallery and Museum – 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM [Closed on Mondays and National Holidays]
For Gardens – 05:30 AM to 6:15 PM (daily)
THE BRIDGE BESIDE FLOTEL, FOR THE FILMY ONES
Can you picture yourself standing on the deck of a ship, just like Jack and Rose did in Titanic, with your loved one? Well, though it is not a real ship, it is the closest you can get to that of your imagination in this city.
With the beautiful riverside of the mighty Ganges and the backdrop of the famous city lights of Kolkata lend a romantic air to this area itself, and the Flotel takes it one step further. With the glamorous open-air dining space boasts both delicious food and a beautiful view, this place can be the perfect choice for any perfect date. Facing the beautiful riverfront, this space is well decorated and cozily set up to become a romantic dinner. And if you go in the evening, you can happily enjoy the romantic sunset over the Ganges and then seeing the mesmerizing sight of the city lighting up as evening sets in, and all with a lovely candlelight dinner with your partner.
Location: Floatel, 9/10, Kolkata Jetty, Strand Road, Dalhousie BBD Bagh, Kolkata
Cost for two: INR 1,600 (approx.)
Food to watch out for: Sea Food, Breakfast Buffet, Crispy Prawns, Pasta, Fried Fish, Lunch Buffet, Tea and many more.
RABINDRA SAROBAR LAKE, LAKE AVENUE
This place also can be the hot spot for nature loves. But unlike Eco Park, simplicity is the key here. With soothing melodies of bird and cool breezes, fresh air and colorful greenery this place the perfect choice to sit around and talk for a while maybe. You can also spot many beautiful migratory birds flying over this artificial lake during winters. The beautiful walkway alongside the waterbody is also a great place to take a stroll with our loved one. Surrounded by the famous luxurious clubs of the city, and a visit to them was never a bad idea. And don’t miss out the coolest and many of the Kolkata’s current favorite eateries around this area. The Rabindra Sorobor lake can be a great escape from the noisy, polluted city, with your partner, be it for a while only.
Location: Southern Avenue, Golpark, Tollygunge, Dhakuria, Lake Gardens, Kolkata
PLACES TO EAT NEARBY: the Steak Factory, Whatsup cafe, Marcopolo, The Phung Shway, The Coastal Macha and many more…
BOTANICAL GARDEN, HOWRAH, SHIBPUR
Though this place is a bit underrated, but it definitely has the potential to be a spot for an ideal date. Located just the opposite side of the Ganges, this place is the home of over lush green 12,000 flowers and plants and many of which you have not ever heard off . Located outside the city sounds, this 270-acre place also has a water body inside as well. With trees all around, this place can be the perfect choice for arranging a small picnic for the both of you in a sunny winter or spring morning. Another interesting fact about this place is that it houses the world’s largest banyan tree. Though outside food and drinks are not allowed in the place, but you will definitely get everything you need to eat inside the premises.
Location: Shibpur, Howrah, West Bengal
Costs: Entry – INR 10
Camera – INR 20
Timings: 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM (daily)
Kolkata has a lot to offer and the above-mentioned places are the very few of them. Exploring the city altogether can also be a good activity to do, when on a date if you both like it. And who knows, maybe you two will find a new place, which may be meant for both of you….