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While Kolkata maybe synonymous with Durga Puja, there is a deep attachment between every Kolkatan and the winter season. Probably no other city in the country enjoys winter as much as Kolkata does. Even on weekdays there is an air of festivity that envelopes the city!

So here are my reasons why Kolkata winters are the best:

1. After months of sultry and humid weather Kolkatans eagerly look forward to winter as a time to rejoice– To eat, drink and be merry without drowning in sweat! So while the north of India sees harsh winters where it is difficult to move about with all that fog and places like Mumbai barely experience any cold, the winters in Kolkata are mild wherein you can easily hangout in a single woollen clothing item and be very comfortable.

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Early Winter Morning

2. If you live in Kolkata, you have got to be a foodie. Come winter and you get a variety of specialities available- The nihari from Sufia Restaurant at Chittaranjan Avenue is lip smacking, so is the paya preparation available at Mezbaan Restaurant and a few other places. Gorge on these delicacies with hot hot tandoori rotis or dal puris and you will feel utter bliss! For vegetarians you have the option of the ‘butter-ful’ sarson da saag and makkai di roti available at The Dhaba and other eateries.

3.  We love winters so much that we even have entire roads dedicated for the celebrations- Park street stays lit up the entire month of December with beautiful lightning and music. It is after all the haven for Christmas and New Year parties. There is always a huge crowd thronging the road on these two occasions. On New Year’s Eve at midnight the main road in blocked for traffic and all the revellers are allowed to gather and welcome the New Year. It is quite a spectacle! There is also a week long Christmas Carnival held at Allen Park where you can enjoy yourself at the food stalls or listen to the bands playing music. The Bow Barracks is another place where you can enjoy the real feel of Christmas. It houses a hub of the Anglo-Indian population and the entire neighborhood resembles a small town of the west, being decorated top to bottom with lights and Christmas trees and bands playing.

4. During Christmas all of the churches are beautifully lit up-  St. Pauls Cathedral church, an exquisite piece of architecture from colonial India, is especially visited by throngs of people on Christmas day and for the Christmas eve mass as well.

5. Since schools and colleges close for winter vacations- This is also the time when families go out for their annual winter picnics. And there is a wide variety of places to choose from too. You have older places like Nicco Park , Science City, Alipore zoo, Millennium Park, Victoria Memorial to the newer places like the New Town Eco park. On weekends especially you can see the long queues at the entrance of these places and families enjoying themselves to the fullest.

Victoria Memorial

Victoria Memorial

6. The bakeries are another highlight of the winters-  From Flurys to Nahoum and son, and Monginis to Kookie jar, you get a variety of cakes-fruit cake, almond cake, plum cake, you name it- and these places are so famous that they actually have long queues outside them! Not to forget, this is also the only time when you get sweets made from ‘nolen gur’ and the much awaited ‘Joynagarer moa’.

7. This is also the season when you have dozens of fairs and exhibitions- The annual book fair on the E.M.Byepass attracts scores of people. You also get to see many music festivals, film festivals, vintage car rallies, flower shows, dog shows, et al.

8. Lastly, how can you talk about Kolkata and forget sports! The winter evenings are reserved for some serious badminton! Some localities even host badminton and cricket tournaments wherein elders as well as children participate gleefully.

 

 

 

 

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