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A Panoramic Tour of Kolkata (Calcutta)

A Panoramic Tour of Kolkata (Calcutta)

Compilation of Panoramic photos from Kolkata (Calcutta)

Also see: My collection of Panorama Compilation

Panoramic photography is a technique of photography, using specialized equipment or software, that captures images with elongated fields of view. It is sometimes known as wide format photography. Panorama photos are normally shot by stitching  series of photos with sightly overlapping fields to create a panoramic image.

Salt Lake (Sec - V) Panorama with East Kolkata Wetlands, Kolkata (Calcutta)

Salt Lake (Sec – V) Panorama with East Kolkata Wetlands, Kolkata (Calcutta)

Located on the eastern fringes of the city the East Kolkata Wetlands is an interesting mix of natural and man made water bodies interconnected by a complex network of canals. Covering an area of 125 square kilometers, the East Calcutta Wetland include salt marshes and salt meadows, as well as sewage farms and settling ponds and is the world’s largest wastewater fed aqua culture system.

Considered as the “Kidneys of Kolkata (Calcutta)” The East Calcutta Wetlands provide a very cheap, efficient and eco-friendly system of solid waste and sewer treatment system for the city of Calcutta (Kolkata) along with a great opportunity of Panorama photography.

Salt Lake (Sec - V) Panorama, Kolkata (Calcutta)

Salt Lake (Sec – V) Panorama, Kolkata (Calcutta)

Also located on the eastern fringes of Kolkata are the townships of Salt Lake and Rajarhat (Newtown). The sector – V of Salt Lake is an industrial sector dedicated to the Information Technology (IT) and Business Process Outsourcing (BPO).

Office Complex at Rajarhat (Newtown), Kolkata (Calcutta)

Office Complex at Rajarhat (Newtown), Kolkata (Calcutta)

The towering steel and glass structures create a stunning look with the East Kolkata Wetlands in the background.

Hidco Office and Rabindra Tirtha, Narkel Bagan, Rajarhat (Newtown), Kolkata (Calcutta)

Hidco Office and Rabindra Tirtha, Narkel Bagan, Rajarhat (Newtown), Kolkata (Calcutta)

Rajarhat (Newtown) is the latest addition to the Kolkata (Calcutta) map. The township located on the North East of Salt Lake comprises of residential as well as industrial industrial plots.

The Rajarhat (Newtown) also contains several public places. The Rabindra Tirth and the Nazrul Tirtha, dedicated to Bengal’s two most well known poets consists of auditoriums and cafeterias. It also house the huge Eco Park with a huge water body offering various sorts of leisure and adventure activities.

Howrah Bridge, connecting Kolkata (Calcutta) with Howrah, is the city’s most well known landmark. Commissioned in 1944 it replaced the old pontoon bridge. Today it is officially known as Rabindra Setu.

Panoramic view of River Hooghly and Howrah Bridge from Flotel

Although photography is restricted on the Howrah Bridge, the bridge itself can be photographed from different parts of Howrah and Kolkata (Calcutta). The Flotel, the floting hotel on the Hooghly offers one of the best views of the Howrah Bridge.

The Maidan, the huge patch of green located in the very heart of Kolkata (Calcutta) has always been considered as the “Lungs of Kolkata (Calcutta).”

Panorama of Kolkata Maidan, Kolkata (Calcutta)

Panorama of Kolkata Maidan, Kolkata (Calcutta)

The Maidan (literally meaning field) is a vast stretch of open field measuring 1283 acres. Strangely the maidan was never conceived as a park but as an open area adjoining the Fort William for strategic military purpose.

Panorama of Kolkata Maidan, Kolkata (Calcutta)

Panorama of Kolkata Maidan, Kolkata (Calcutta)

Today, a property of the Indian Army, the Maidan is no longer free of vegetation but permanent construction is still prohibited and several sports club run from makeshift wooden structures.

Tank Square or Lal Dighi is at the centre of BBD Bag (formerly Dalhousie Square), the business district of Kolkata. Surrounding the pond are several colonial buildings like the Writers’ Building and General Post Office (GPO). Sadly some of the old colonial bildings have been replaced by modern sky scrapers.

Lal Dighi Pano S

Tank Square (Lal Dighi), Dalhousie Square (BBD Bag)

Located on the Northern Part of Kolkata (Calcutta), the Goribari region houses an amazing complex of Pareshnath Jain Temples.

Jain Temple Complex, Gouribari, Kolkata (Calcutta)

Jain Temple Complex, Gouribari, Kolkata (Calcutta)

The temple complex consists of three separate temple complex housing four major temples and various other religious shrines. The complex consists of ponds and decorated with marble statues.

Dadawadi Temple, Jain Temple Complex, Gouribari, Kolkata (Calcutta)

Dadawadi Temple, Jain Temple Complex, Gouribari, Kolkata (Calcutta)

Although commonly known as the Pareshnath Temple the main temple is dedicated to Sitalnath and contains intricate mosaic work.

The Jewish Cemetery, Kolkata (Calcutta) is located on 45, Narkeldanga Main Road and right on the Phool Bagan Crossing. Opened in 1812 the cemetery contains hundreds of graves.

Jewish Cemetery, Phool Bagan, Narkeldanga Main Road, Kolkata

Jewish Cemetery, Phool Bagan, Narkeldanga Main Road, Kolkata

A Jewish Cemetery in Kolkata (Calcutta) also houses a Genizah, a storage house of Jewish religious documents. About 10 feet in height it dominates over the three fee high graves.

Not many Kolkatans are aware of the beautiful temple complexes in the Chetla – Tollygunge area of South Kolkata.

Choto Ras Bari, Tollygunge - Chetla area, Kolkata

Choto Ras Bari, Tollygunge – Chetla area, Kolkata

Located on the Tollygunge Road, which runs parallel to the Adi Ganga (also known as Tolly Nalah), are two huge temple complexes consisting of several temples.

The Choto Ras Bari consists of a central naba – rtna (nine pinnacled) temple flanked on each side by two panch – ratna (five pinnacled) temples and on the two sides are a st of six aat – chala (eight sloped roof) temples each. The courtyard is paved with beautiful black & white marbles.

Boro Rasbari, ollygunge – Chetla area, Kolkata

Boro Ras Bari, Tollygunge Chetla area, Kolkata

On the other hand the Boro Ras Bari consists of 14 aat chala (eight sloped roofs) temples arranged in a rectangular courtyard with the side towards the Adi Ganga open.

Bhukailash Pano S

Bhukailash Temple, Kidderpur

Bhukailash Temple located in the Kidderpur region is approached by a complex network of lanes and by  lanes, but complex is huge housing the Shiva temple along with a huge pond.  The towering Shiva Lingas are considered to be the highest in whole of West Bengal.

Note: This is a compilation entry and it would be updated from time to time.

  1. indrani
    September 17, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    Beautiful views! Thanks for showing.

  2. September 17, 2014 at 5:49 PM

    Want More !

    • September 18, 2014 at 9:20 PM

      Thanks Amitabha, more panoramas are coming soon

  3. September 19, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    The second Panoroma…I love it because of some personal reasons (my husband has his office in Omega building shown in the pic) And I am amazed at the fallen tree in Maidan, its years since its lying over there! The Jain Temples! I had no idea, Thanks for sharing

    • September 25, 2014 at 10:27 PM

      Dear Datta, the second photo was shot from the balcony of International School of Business & Media (ISB&M), now the college has moved to Rajarhat (New Town).

      There are a number of fallen trees lying allover the Kolkata Maidan, many of them for several years.

      Don’t miss the JainTemple of Gourabari, amazing place, please do visit.

  4. September 20, 2014 at 10:18 PM

    Beautiful…each one of them.. !

  5. September 25, 2014 at 9:47 PM

    Thanks Maniparna

  6. October 21, 2014 at 10:56 AM

    Excellent.. Loved to see more of these.. Specially for Kolkata..

    • October 21, 2014 at 12:07 PM

      Thanks Hunky, but Kolkata needs more panoramas, I will be uploading more photos soon.

  7. October 29, 2014 at 3:10 PM

    Great blog Rangan, I found your blog to be very interesting. I have heard about panoramic photography but didn’t know much about it. Your post was very informative and I learned few new stuff from this post. Your panoramic photographs are very beautiful and I would definitely try this technique.

  8. Adrish Sengupta
    January 27, 2016 at 11:58 PM

    the sec-v click from the wetlands is the best one. From where did you shoot them? Nalban?

  9. Archana Kapoor
    January 28, 2016 at 9:05 AM

    Superb views and amazing info! Thanks for sharing Rangan-da 😊

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