Valentine’s day is all about spending some quality time with loved ones. For many of us, some of the important points in the definition of romanticism are included beautiful views, delicious food or a fun activity, and most importantly, someone incredible to enjoy it with. The ‘City of Joy’ has an abundance of romantic and exciting places that you can visit with your significant other. If you are confused about where to go then you must read this blog, it can give you enough idea about this matter. From the historical to the natural and everything in between.
1. James Princep Ghat
This is the perfect setting for an idyllic riverside outing. Princep Ghat is one of the oldest recreational spots in Kolkata and quite possibly it is most romantic. At any time of the day, this place, which also boasts a Greek and Gothic style beautiful monument, is a sight for sore eyes. Overlooking the river Hoogly, you can also watch the beautiful Vidyasagar Setu from here. Hold hands and take a walk along the well-maintained riverfront, enjoy the cool breeze and enjoy each other’s company here. There are also numerous street food options should you be looking to indulge your taste buds too. The entire area is decorated with lights. You can also take a romantic private boat ride with your partner on the Ganges to finish up your date.
Location: Fort William, Hastings, Kolkata.
Timings: 08:00 AM to 10:30 PM (daily)
Costs: No entry fee, boating costs are variable
2. Rabindra Sarobar
This artificial lake is a quiet haven with lush greenery surrounding it. In winter one can see many migratory birds perched in and around the lake. The lakeside walkways are perfect if you want to take a romantic stroll with your partner. The lake also offers boating facilities. The soothing melody of birds, cool breezes, fresh air and colourful greenery make this the perfect place to escape from the noisy chaos of your busy city life. And who better to escape with than your loved one?
Location: Southern Avenue, Golpark, Tollygunge, Dhakuria, Lake Gardens, Kolkata
Costs: No entry fee, boating costs are variable
3. Millennium Park
Millennium Park is along the Strand Road on the eastern shore of Hooghly river. The park has a children’s amusement park and landscape Gardens. It is a part of the Kolkata Riverside beautification project by Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority. You can see the entire Howrah Bridge from Millennium Park. It is one of the most romantic places in Kolkata and couples often visit it. It is a beautiful place to spend some quality time with your better half.
Location: 12, Strand Rd, Bara Bazar, BBD Bagh, Kolkata, West Bengal 700001
Costs: No entry fee.
4. Nicco Park
Nicco Park is an amusement park in Salt Lake City. Do it is a family-friendly recreational entertainment Park, often, couples visited it too. It covers over 40 acres of land and has over 35 different attractions and rides. Nicco Park is also known as the Disneyland of West Bengal. There are two parks inside Nicco Park. The main Park has many rides for kids and adults. The water park has 12 rides. You need to carry your own swimsuit to enjoy the ride at the water park. They have various offers for special categories.
Location: Salt Lake Bypass Jheel Meel, Sector IV, Salt Lake City, Kolkata, West Bengal 700106
Costs: The entry fees of Nicco park is Rs. 200.0 per person Entry fee, 650.0 per person Water Park Package (Including Entry Fee), 1100.0 per person Composite Package (Including Main park, Water Park and EntryFee).
5. Eco Park
Organized is the perfect place for the nature-loving couple who are also adventurous. Manicured lawns, trees gently rustling in the breeze, musical fountains, and many other attractions will make you want to spend hours are relaxing here. But that is not even the best part! The park offers colours gamut of sports, both on land and water with options such as kayaking, zorbing, paintball, boating, and archery alongside everything you will find at a fair or amusement park. Take a short ride on the toy train, indulge in a cruise or just explore the biggest park in Kolkata on E-Bikes or Eco-Carts. With the sheer vastness of this park, you can spend the whole day here and still not see or do everything you want to. And don’t forget to take a picture with the replicas of the 7 Wonders of the World scattered around the park.
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
6. Elliot Park
This sprawling park comes as a breath of fresh air in the heart of the city. With well-maintained lush greenery, fountains, ponds, walkways and jogging tracks and ample seating areas scattered around the park it finds an enthusiastic audience in the city’s youth. The park also offers a modicum of privacy for couples seeking a brief respite from their busy lives to enjoy each other’s company. The soothing atmosphere is however not the only reason to visit. If you want some entertainment to go with your quiet day out, the grounds occasionally host events and concerts with a token entry fee. But keep in mind that you will need to check ahead of time if you want to make your visit coincide with an event. The park is easily accessible by all means of transport, with the Maidan metro station being the nearest.
Location: Jawaharlal Nehru Road, Maidan, Kolkata.
Cost: Entry free
Timings: 12:00 PM – 9:00 PM (daily)
7. Victoria Memorial
A testament to the colonial history of Kolkata, this beautiful marble hall is dedicated to the memory of Queen Victoria. Perched atop the central dome of the Memorial is an angel figure – The Angel of Victory as well as other allegorical sculptures. There are many reasons to visit the Victoria Memorial even aside from the beautiful architecture. With sprawling green gardens hued with flowers, waterbodies, fountains, and walkways interspersed with sculptures, there is a sense of serene seclusion here. You could even enjoy the exhibitions of portraits, sculptures, books, and photographs housed within the Victoria Memorial. At night the monument is brilliantly lit up with colourful lights.
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)
8. Aquatica Water Park
Kolkata is known to have scorching summers and the high temperature and humidity make it uncomfortable for you to hang out in the parks during the day. To beat the heat, head to Aquatica Water Park, the largest water park in the Northern and Eastern India. Located in Rajarhat, this water park has a lot of unique water rides to enjoy during summers. Tornado, Black Hole and Surf Racer are some of the must-try rides at Aquatica. There is an Aqua Dance Floor where you can enjoy a couple dance with the rain pouring.
Location: Kochpukur, P O-Hatgachia, PS- K. L. C, Kolkata
Timing: 10 AM – 6:30 PM
Cost for two: INR 600 (weekdays) and INR 700 (weekends)
Nalban is a great spot for a picnic and for couples to spend a relaxing time. You can go for boating, in the placid lake and admire the lush green surroundings. The kind of seclusion and serenity the place offers is just apt for couples. It is sure to fulfil your lakeside fascination, taking you a world away from the noises and pollution of the city. Although it is best known for boating, you can just hang out or set a picnic. You can also have lunch at the Nalban Food Park, which is quite famous for its fish dishes.
Location: HM Block, Nalban Bheri, Biddhangar, Kolkata – 700106
Timings: 9 AM – 8:30 PM
Cost: INR 50 (boating)
10. Boating on the Ganges
In Kolkata, you can plan an offbeat romantic getaway by booking an entire Wooden Launch for your partner. Wondering if that would cause a lot of pocket pinch? No worries. You can avail this launch ride at just 6000/-. There is plenty of space in the boat for a romantic couple dance. It is recommended that you book a cruise for a sunset ride because the beauty of fading sunset adds to the romance. You can customize the boat with the right kind of music, great food, bright decorations and serene surroundings, and make sure you steal your partner’s heart away.
Cost for a couple (Shared cruise): Approx INR 5500 per couple plus 5% tax
Duration: 3 hours
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