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Kolkata Tram Museum Smaranika

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Kolkata Tram Museum Smaranika

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atulya_sinha wrote a review Mar 2020
Kolkata (Calcutta), India711 contributions156 helpful votes
Kolkata is the only city in India with a working, albeit declining, tram service. Smaranika is a small café-museum set up few years ago at the Esplanade tram terminal. It consists of a restored tram parked in its own enclosure. The front car has a few tiny tables where one can sip tea or coffee (and perhaps munch on biscuits or chips – there is a very limited menu). The rear car – which can be entered only through the front car – has a display of old photographs, a few old uniforms, old tickets and tokens, etc. The exhibits seem rather neglected and do not seem to attract many visitors except for diehard fans. The ticket costs Rs. 10/- and permits you to stay there for 45 minutes – perhaps they want to discourage visitors from lounging there for too long! Incidentally, the ticket itself is designed to look like a tram ticket (see photo) and it serves as a souvenir of your visit. Unfortunately they do not permit photography inside the museum space. However, I clicked a couple of photos outside the fencing, which I am posting here.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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sucharitadaslbc1 wrote a review Dec 2019
Kolkata (Calcutta), India183 contributions17 helpful votes
This is a nice place for photography with friends. There location is very good for spend some times.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Subha suvh wrote a review Oct 2019
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Our tram means kolkatas tram the most nostalgic and historic transportation system in kolkata and as useal in india..when u ride this the feeling is awsome
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Nisha wrote a review Oct 2019
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We didnt want to miss tram museum in kolkata..so had shuffled our itinerary so that we can visit during opening hrs in 2nd half. Some locals were suprised when we asked directions for trammuseum. We took cab and still couldnt trace, google map stopped at bus stand area and going around we had to ask traffic police for the place. Finally my opinion, tram museum is small place and not worth the time
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Deepak DB wrote a review Sep 2019
Mumbai, India932 contributions182 helpful votes
Hidden gem of Esplanade, we landed there actually looking for the Tourist Tram which we were told by locals operates from there. Unfortunately we had to look from out as the opening time was an hour away and we were hard pressed. Looking at the beautiful images shared by rest we regret we missed on going inside which we will whenever we are in Kolkata next. Photography is prohibited but like the rest we have our set of pics too. Must visit if you want to experience the history of Trams the life line of Kolkata.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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