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.
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.
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).
The towering steel and glass structures create a stunning look with the East Kolkata Wetlands in the background.
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.
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).”
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.
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.
Located on the Northern Part of Kolkata (Calcutta), the Goribari region houses an amazing complex of Pareshnath Jain Temples.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.