Adventure in a Patch of Green – Eco Park

While you might have checked all other places of interest in Kolkata, the Eco Park (also called Prakriti Tirtha in Bengali) is the newest gem to the city’s glittering crown. If you’re exhausted from the heat, or on a demanding business trip, or just suffering from jetlag- if you look to devote some time for relaxation and fun- the Eco Park can be in your itinerary! Located in New Town, just 15 minutes from the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Airport, Kolkata- with a nominal entry fee of INR 20, and rides and activities at reasonable costs, here’s your green getaway!

"Walkway through the rose garden" by Sayandeb5152
“Walkway through the rose garden” by Sayandeb5152

Kayaking

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Kayaking!
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Yeah, you read it right. Kayaking is available- the large body of water is available for maneuverings on kayaks. Maybe it lacks the turbulent water, but a ride is always welcome!

Cost: INR 150 for 1 person, 30 min

Archery

Unleash the Green Arrow in you, and check how good a shot you’re! Shoot the arrows, hit the target, and win the applause.

Cost: INR 50/- for 5 Arrows

Water Zorbing and Land Zorbing

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Source: The Telegraph

Float on the lake inside a giant bubble or roll the ground in one. An ideal way to let loose your hair and lose that fatigue.

Cost: INR 150/- per person, 200m land, 15 min water

Duo Cycle

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Ride through the Park !
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Explore the lush greenery of the landscape in a fun way! The duo cycle is an absolute way to bond over the pleasing track.

Cost: INR 100/- for 2 persons, 30 min

Shikara Riding

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Shikara Ride at Eco Park Lake, Credits: Ayan Mukherjee

Experience a tinge of Srinagar Dal Lake in the Shikara ride.

Cost: INR 150/- for 4 persons, 30 min

Speed Boat

If you find the other forms of boating rather calmer and damp, and are looking for something faster and furious. Here’s your thing.

Cost: INR 50/- for 1 person, 1 round

Paddle Boating

Want to take a ride on the water, just calmly contemplating and lost in introspection? Just take the paddle boat, leisurely, gives you ample peace to think and observe, or just have conversations in a unique set up.

Cost: INR 100/- for 4 persons, 30 min

Navigate the plush greenery
Navigate the plush greenery

Besides the activities mentioned above, activities like bird watching and gaming are also available. Cultural events are organised in the Open Air Theatre at Rabi Aranya, usually on Saturdays, apart from other intermittent events. Further, there is a plenty of nature to roam in, exquisite gardens to walk- showcasing masks, tea, fruits, species of bamboos; several arts to appreciate. The musical fountains also make up for spectacular light, sound and music shows.

Although still developing, the Eco Park deserves a visit for it presents a number of activities, experiences- all in the same place. A recluse in the concrete jungle, far from the madding crowd. Next time you visit Kolkata, make sure you padhaaro into Eco Park!

One thought on “Adventure in a Patch of Green – Eco Park

  • September 8, 2017 at 1:50 pm
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    It’s a awsom plase

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