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RANGAN DATTA

Freelance Travel Writer & Photographer

Photo: Amitabha Gupta

Travelling is my passion and I live to travel. My travel has taken me to the ends of the earth, from the base of the highest mountain on earth and to the highest motorable pass of the world. Closer home the ruins of Shashanka’s palace and citadel of Ballal Sen have fascinated me in my own back-yard. My travelling is accompanied with writing & photography.
Although I live to travel but sadly I don’t travel to live. I am a mathematics teacher by profession and teach students right from high school to post graduate (Computer application & Management) level. I work as a freelancer with several Management & IT institutes in Salt Lake, Calcutta.
I don’t belong to a travelling family and my travelling started only after my high school. It was just a two – day trip to the beach resort of Digha, near Calcutta, with friends. It was no serious travel but it was enough to ignite my passion for travelling.
My travelling continued through my days of graduation in St. Xavier’s College taking me to forests (Bandhavgarh) and hill stations (Panchmarhi) of Madhya Pradesh and to the highest point in West Bengal (Sandakphu) to observe the third highest peak of the world (Mt. Kanchanjunga) in it’s full grandeur.

My wife (Debjaini) and daughter (Rupsha)

My wife (Debjaini) and daughter (Rupsha)

It continued during my days of post – graduation (Master of Business Management, Calcutta University) when I trekked extensively in Nepal & Sikkim. I also tried my hand in adventure sports like rock – climbing, white – water rafting and skiing funding them by teaching school students.
After completing my Business Management masters I decided to skip my campus interview and continued into the world of travel funding it with my freelance teaching. This was also the point of time I got my first proper (SLR) camera a Vivitar V3800s and started thinking of travel writing & photography. My first article was published soon after, on the day after the two planes crushed into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York.
My travels along with writing & photography continued with my treks to Base Camp of Everest and Annapurna and my travels to the arid mountains of Ladakh. I also started exploring off – beat places near home like the hills & lakes of Purulia and the archeological sites and terracotta temples near Calcutta. My article on the column “Next Weekend you can be at …..” of The Telegraph became a regular feature. Today I have replaced my SLR with a DSLR (Nikon D60) and continue with my travel, writing & photography.
Presently I live with my wife, daughter and extended joint family in Salt Lake, Calcutta.

  1. June 19, 2012 at 9:40 PM

    Hello so nice to meet you …seems you are very passionate about traveling, writing & photography just like me…the only thing i do not relate with is maths..it was my weakest subject in school..anyhow the picture with your wife and daughter (shes adorable) is very candid and really cool…keep traveling!!!

    • June 20, 2012 at 11:17 AM

      Thanks Shivani, and do keep posting your travelogues along with the beautiful photographs. Do keep in touch.

  2. malabika saraswati
    July 29, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    Nice getting in touch with you online.I too love traveling and browsing.Get to know new places, new developments everyday.Interesting places talented people,innovative incidents inspires me a lot.I traveled many places but did not get the chance to explore West Bengal much.Presently staying at Thailand, Bangkok and In 2013, I will be returning back to India with my husband who is also very fond of clicking images with Nikon D 60, during his visit to new countries and cities. Thanks a lot for sharing your experiences and photographs with the readers and do accept our best wishes.Convey our regards to Debjani love to Rupsha.

    • August 10, 2012 at 2:07 PM

      Thanks Malabika for your long comment. Nice to know that your husband uses a D60. Do get in touch with me when you are in Kolkata.

  3. October 20, 2012 at 10:36 PM

    Enjoyed reading your travel writings, loved the pics of Bow barracks and Srinagar

    • October 23, 2012 at 8:47 AM

      Thanks Mr Mitra and do keep in touch.

  4. ankit
    November 1, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    Very important notes and wonderful photos you took. actully me kolkata ke uper documentary (photography) banana chahata hu …..matlab ki kolkatta ka architecture,culture,peoples,festivals sub kuch …..aur uske upar photography bhi karna chahata hu ….to please mere ko thoda guide kariye.

  5. Arun Majumder
    December 6, 2012 at 6:40 PM

    I have arrived at your blog following one link after another. You have done a fine job with your website, blog and beautiful compositions. As a hobbyist photographer, I am impressed by your photos and hope to derive inspiration from them. Hope you don’t mind !
    Also, staying far away from India, (living in Australia) but originally from Salt Lake BE Block, and seeing your photos of kolkata and Bengal invoked a wonderful feeling of nostalgia. Hope to attend your photowalk sessions next time I visit Kolkata !

    • December 7, 2012 at 8:54 PM

      Dear Arun Majumder, thanks for your words of inspiration. Next time in Calcutta do contact me.

  6. January 3, 2014 at 1:15 AM

    Dear Mr. RANGAN DATTA,
    i am searching for Mr. Manish Chakraborti. Via Google I found your article where you mention thanks to Mr. Manish Chakraborti. Now, can you help to get directly in contact with him? I want to visit Calcutta in February 2014 and would like to meet Mr Manish Chakraborti for guidance through your wonderful city. It is based on recommendation of friends in Germany who enjoyed his expertise! I have written to him via archeritage@hotmail.com and archeritage@yahoo.co.uk – but the emails came back and no reply, respectively.

    I appreciate very much your time for a reply! Many thanks in advance.
    With best regards
    Barbara Devin
    hbdevin@t-online.de
    Kurzmannweg 12
    81925 Munich
    Germany

    • January 3, 2014 at 12:28 PM

      Thanks Barbara for your comment, I have already sent manish Chakraborty’s contact in your mail.

      If you don’t mind we can meet when you are in Calcutta.

  7. Rana Bandyopadhyay
    January 23, 2014 at 8:26 AM

    I was reading your blog. I am amazed. How do you manage your such a great passion with your profession, that surprises me a lot. Wish you all the best.

    • February 13, 2014 at 11:14 PM

      Dear Rana, thanks for your comment. Inspiration from people like you keeps the passion alive. Thanks once more and looking forward for more inspiring comments.

  8. SHAMPA PATEL
    April 24, 2014 at 4:37 PM

    Dear Mr Rangan Dutta
    Enjoyed your travel writing very much. I was searching about Bawali Rajbari and found your blog. Thanks a lot and looking forward for more interesting blogs. Rgds.

    • June 21, 2014 at 9:55 AM

      Thanks Shampa Patel for your comment.

      I upload my blog every Wednesday, keep reading.

  9. Raconteur
    June 8, 2014 at 6:10 PM

    You have an amazing blog. Nice photos with interesting information.

  10. Kunal Banerji
    June 20, 2014 at 5:29 PM

    I thoroughly enjoyed your blog. I am a fellow Xaverian and would love to meet you on my next trip to Kolkata in August 2014 if you are available. Jatayur bhasay bolte hoi “apna ke to mosai cultivate korte hocche ….” Currently I live in Jupiter, Florida and Ann Arbor, Michigan. Reading your blog and looking at the photographs brought back some wonderful memories. Regards. Kunal

    • June 21, 2014 at 9:57 AM

      Thanks Kunal Banerji, nice to receive a comment from a fellow Xaverian.

      Please drop me a mail before you arrive, we can definitely arrive.

  11. Kunal Banerji
    June 21, 2014 at 5:13 PM

    Thanks for your response. I will definitely contact when I get to Calcutta. Regards. Kunal

  12. K Basu
    July 20, 2014 at 2:43 PM

    This is an amazing informative blog. Thanks for the same. Would be nice to meet you in person. May I know whether we have any Armenian restaurants in Kolkata?

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