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Shourjendra D
Kolkata (Calcutta), India3,657 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Friends
If really there is a heart of Kolkata,this is THE place then. Centrally located at one point of time,during the beginning of Kolkata,the place has evolved over the ages.

This place is a Square,where there are important Government buildings surrounding this Square , like the Writer's Building,The GPO,the Reserve Bank of India, Telephone Bhawan, etc . In the center of this Square lies a huge,sweet water pond called the Lal Dighi ( meaning the Red Pool - there are innumerable reasons on the internet,as to why this was called a red pool ). Fishing/ Angling is done in a big way now, in this water body.
Dalhousie Square (BBD Bagh, as it is called now) has tramlines on its side,bus and taxi stands as well,and also has plenty of eateries around it. A must visit place for tourists in Kolkata

By the way,you need a ticket to go inside to do fishing
Written May 18, 2016
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Ullans
London, UK275 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2015 • Solo
Come here on a Saturday morning and it is fairly quiet - with great views of the Writers' Buildings, the GPO and Laldighi.
Written February 17, 2015
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ManaseeSoman
Mumbai, India55 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2014 • Friends
A walk around the BBD Baugh (named after the three young Bengali patriots - Binoy, Badal and Dinesh ) is perhaps the best place to get the colonial feel of Kolkata. This area has the same flavour of the Fort area or the D N Road area of Mumbai. A wallk around the tank will be worthwhile if you are fond of colonial buildings. You may start walking north wards from the very beautiful Esplanade Mansion at the corner opposite the majestic gate of the Raj Bhawan and head straight - right upto the Royal Insurance Building - General Post Office Building and the RBI building and take a right turn to walk all the the way along the brick red Writer's building till the St. Andrews Church, then take a right again to walk along the Mint Office and the Office of the WBTDC. One can always enjoy steaming hot cups of chai from the kullads (read: small earthen cups) in this area - a refreshing dose for your tired legs.. This area is close to all major bus stands and other attractions in Kolkata such as the Majestic State Bank of India Building and other buildings on the Strand Road, the Raj Bhawan and the buildings and emporiums on Chowringhee. The Esplanade Metro Station is the closest Metro Station to BBD Baugh.
Written January 13, 2014
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Zsolt P
Muscat, Oman270 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2011
Yet another so called "attraction" in Kolkata, that is a total waste of time. The city is so devoid of anything that is worth seeing, that the locals - and unfortunately a lot of travellers and travel guides - start calling totally uninteresting things "attractions". The BBD Bagh is a realtively large man-made lake surrounded by large colonial buildings. I guess if you have never been to any European capital you could call them interesting. If you have, you will notice the dirt and trash everywhere and the immense crowd. Not worth it going there.
Written May 10, 2011
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Doyel K
Kolkata (Calcutta), India422 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2015 • Solo
This is the centre of the hub of offices and government jobs. Thousands of people flock here to go to their respective desks. This area has a huge market for daily passerby, and there are important monuments and colonial buildings.
Written March 8, 2015
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Shivcharan V
Southend-on-Sea, UK218 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014 • Couples
Formerly known as "Dalhousie Square" it has now been renamed as "BBD Bagh" ( Garden ) named after three freedom fighters. All these impressive colonial buildings were used as offices of various Government departments when Kolkata was the capital during the British Empire. Now it houses the current Government offices of the Bengal Government. There is Secretarial, Raj Bhavan, Writer's building, General Post Office, St. Andrew's Church, Radha Bazaar, Lal Bazaar with a pond called "Lal Dighi" in the middle of the Square..
This area is well served by public transport, tram and Esplanade Metro Station is also near by. There are lots of shops and street food vendors around this area. This area is World Heritage Site.
Written January 5, 2015
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IndraJJ
Kolkata (Calcutta), India16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Solo
At the centre of Kolkata's business district, the imposing and magnificent structure of Writer's Building demands all our attention for a good government house. Next is the St. John's Church with its all past glory to welcome anyone coming for a business or just a casual troll. In weekdays, this place gets a new lease of life with all hustle and jostles. Not just lifeless concrete structures, anyone can't miss the mouth watering street food and so many items on offer by roadby sellers. Best vehicle to get there? Tram, what else to enjoy the fast pacing movements outside!
Written December 14, 2014
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Come_to_Rajasthan
Jaipur, India68 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2013 • Solo
Coming into the city from Howrah station, one has to go through BBD Bagh, It has a lot of offices, banks some great street food and most importantly Writers Building and Lal dighi. Then there is the St. Andrews Church. Trams also ply from BBD Bagh
Written May 24, 2014
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Dipeeta D Mukherjee
Kolkata (Calcutta), India280 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Solo
BBD Bag's history makes it a heritage place, and strangely, the local governments have done little to maintain it like Connaught Place in New Delhi has successfully done. However, the GPO and Writer's Building are some of the two buildings where you may still smell the rich tradition of Bengal from the great old days. Other than that, its just an office area, and trust me, there are much better office areas in other cities across the universe.
Written July 3, 2015
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Sachin0408
Bengaluru, India938 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Solo
B.B.D. Bagh is nothing but a commercial and political center of all of East India where many of the business and political institutions from the colonial era still exist. The centerpiece is the Writer's Building which is the secretariat of the Government of the State of West Bengal and houses the office of the Chief Minister of West Bengal.

For company you have the magnificent GPO, the massive RBI, Headquarters of Eastern Railway and Calcutta Port Trust and plenty of other Government offices. As a backpacker tourist if you are visiting BBD Bagh get ready to be dwarfed when you are crossing these buildings.

When I was a teenager and walked the pathways alongside these structures in BBD Bagh I used to feel proud of being a Calcutta. It gave me a sense of pride that Calcutta was once the capital of the British Era before they thought of shifting base to Delhi. Well Calcutta’s loss was Delhi’s gain. Look where the Capital has aspired to become while Calcutta still languishes in its past glory.
Written April 19, 2015
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