Bazaar Walk through Chitpur

Kolkata (Calcutta)

Chitpur is the heart of the “native” or “black” quarters of pre-independence Calcutta. It houses not only vibrant traditional bazaars, but also several palatial residences of wealthy Bengalis who lived the rich “babu” lifestyle. The area is populated by Hindus (Bengali and Marwari) and Muslims alike. The markets reflect a wide range of textiles, utensils and daily needs goods to meet the diverse needs of these communities.

Pricing:  $ 28 per person for minimum 2 participants.

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History and Culture

Chitpur is the heart of the “native” or “black” quarters of pre-independence Calcutta. It houses not only vibrant traditional bazaars, but also several palatial residences of wealthy Bengalis who lived the rich “babu” lifestyle. The area is populated by Hindus (Bengali and Marwari) and Muslims alike. The markets reflect a wide range of textiles, utensils and daily needs goods to meet the diverse needs of these communities.

During the Tour:
• Assemble outside the Marble Palace, the home of the Mullick family. Built in 1835, it has been described as “the richest, quaintest, eeriest, most haphazard and most ridiculous, most astonishing and most lovable of the palaces of Kolkata. You’re free to form your own opinion of the same!
• Walk through Chitpur Road (now called Rabindra Sarani) and see rickshaw pullers, trams, auto-rickshaws and cars, all trundling along amidst a medley of shops and people, going about their business.
• See numerous little shops selling cane baskets, pottery, ‘puja’ worship items, clothes, household wares and hundreds of other things while housewives haggle with the sellers for cheaper prices.
• See several food-stalls that are set up alongside the pavements, and popular snacks sizzling away. Tea shops do brisk business as people stop to chat over mud-cups of sweet chai.
• Visit Mechuabazaar, the wholesale fruit market, where mountains of fruit are unloaded from trucks and auctioned daily.
• Visit a traditional covered market that was built around the time of World War I, which houses lots of tiny shops selling cereals, grains, vegetables and spices and get enchanted by the humdrum that is Kolkata.

Duration of the tour : /strong> - 2 – 3 hours

TOUR STYLE: Bazaar Walk

MEETING POINT: at Marble Palace

END POINT: at Nakhoda Mosque

TOUR START/END: Our guide can fix a taxi for you to get back to the hotel or we can also arrange for your pickup and drop from/to your hotel with an extra cost. Please write to us for cost.

TOUR DURATION: 2 - 3 hours depending on your interest.

GROUP SIZE: Maximum 6 people and Minimum 2 People.

PRICING: All our tours are private.

INCLUSIONS: Local English speaking guide and transport as indicated.

EXCLUSIONS: Items of a personal nature, tips / gratuities for guide & driver.

WHEN: Every day at 9AM. Prior reservation required. Timings may vary slightly depending on weather / season. We will confirm the exact start time along with tour logistics once you book the tour.

WHAT TO WEAR: Please dress casually. Wear modest clothing and ensure sufficient sun protection. Also wear comfortable walking shoes.

TOUR NOTES: Please note, the food on the street is delicious but does not meet national or international hygiene standards. Although we only go to very popular places, with good local reputations, these stalls do not cook using bottled water or wash their utensils with it. So eating street food is always risky. If you prefer not to risk it, but still want to see what it’s all about, then at the end of the walk, we can take you to Haldirams where you can try chaats and other popular dishes in safe and hygienic conditions.

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