Exploring Chitpur, Kolkata's First Cosmopolitan Address

This walk will explore Chitpur, the most vibrant, authentic manifestation of North Kolkata but also scarcely known. A look back at its 400-year-old history will help the enthusiasts discover various aspects of the place that they were unaware of. The walk will initiate from Jorasanko Thakurbari, Chitpur's prime destination, popular as one of the most beautiful heritage building in the city and the home where Rabindranath Tagore spent his childhood.

From 19th century on, Calcutta's economy was dominated by the elite classes of Chitpur, which resulted in building huge palaces with a mix of Mughal, Classical and Victorian architectural elements. Soak your eyes in the legacy of these glorious historical monuments that live as the keepers of Chitpur.

This walk will include visiting Jatra para and  Goran Hata, though decaying but still significant elements of the Chitpur story. The participants will also visit Kumartuli, the traditional potters quarter of Chitpur, a vibrant community made up of different ‘gharanas’ of these master craftspersons.

Any walk to the place is incomplete without visiting the ghats of the Ganges which have played a crucial role in making Chitpur the first cosmopolitan address of Calcutta.

This guided tour is free.


Debanjan Das
Walk Leader
Debanjan Das, a keen photographer and photojournalist, describes himself as a person who has been living the last 12 years of his life with this passionate profession with lenses with the mottos- imagine like a camera and obviously trust your camera which helps him gain a few refreshing experiences in his career.