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Freelance Travel Writer & Photographer

At the Ambika Kalna 108 Temple Complex (Photo: Akash Mondal)

At the Ambika Kalna 108 Temple Complex (Photo: Akash Mondal)

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 management and 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 Debjani and daughter Rupsha at City Cenre 1, Kolkata

My wife Debjani and daughter Rupsha at City Cenre 1, Kolkata

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.

With my family at the St. John's Church, Kolkata

With my family at the St. John’s Church, Kolkata

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 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 and – 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
    Kurzmannweg 12
    81925 Munich

    • 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.

    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?

    • February 13, 2017 at 2:45 PM

      Thanks Mr Basu, Kolkata is full of KFC, McDonalds and similar American restaurants

  13. February 24, 2015 at 12:32 AM

    Dear Rangan, very pleased to know about you. In fact, there is a lot for me to learn from you. Please check my profile out on Twitter (@heritage_sites). I am passionately interested in heritage and history. Am a qualified historian (MA from JNU, New Delhi) and have continued reading and travelling to heritage sites but am a serious corporate professional (banking/finance industry) by career.
    We must surely connect. Am sure you would also like to peruse my travel albums. I don’t write as well as you do 🙂
    regards, Venkatesh

  14. July 20, 2015 at 7:40 AM

    Dear Rangan,

    A very good morning after our first meeting at Oxford Bookstore, Park Street, where we all gathered last evening for an “Adda” with you to enrich ourselves in the field of blogging, travel blog in particular.

    I have been personally maintaining a travel blog since 2008 as a past time for responding to the call of passion in spite of my professional career. Most of my tours are caused by my official tours.

    The objective and focus of my travel blog has been from the viewpoint of a new tourist or traveller to a new tourist destination. So, it carries both strong content with rich visuals.

    Plz visit my travel blog / I would love to hear your comment on the posts.

    With rgds,

    Partha Pratim Majumder
    Blogger –
    Partha Pratim Majumder

    Executive Director
    Business Enhancers (100% Firm In Skill)
    Kolkata, West Bengal

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    • Ex. Member (Core Team), Skill Sub Committee & IISSSC under NSDC , The Bengal Chamber
    • Ex. Dy. Registrar, IISWBM (1st B-school of India)
    • Ex. Sr. V.P (Strategic Planning) in IBM’s Training Partner
    • Principal Consultant on NSDC matter – George Telegraph
    • Skill Strategist & Representative (East & NE) – Raymond Ltd.
    • Co-Execution Partner , SUDA Projects , Tally Solutions Ltd.
    • Former Director , JIS Institute of Skill Development
    • Principal, IGNOU Community College , Bolpur

  15. Rabi Ranjan Sen
    May 23, 2016 at 5:15 PM


  16. yogesh kumar sao
    July 9, 2016 at 9:30 PM

    hi sir… name is yogesh…..i read ur all post n following uo ur websites…i would like to meet u….my no is 9674565737……can i get ur no…..

  17. Sukanya Singhal
    September 15, 2016 at 9:53 PM

    Hello Mr Datta,
    I have been following your blogs for quite some time now. I came across your blog accidentally when I was searching for old buildings of Kolkata to make a slide show for my students. Yes, incidentally I am a teacher but I teach small children and try my best to introduce them to the side of their city and state which they are not familiar with. And your blogs really help me. Thank you. By the way I also have a passion for travelling and have traveled to many parts of India and keep getting inspired by you.My best wishes to you.

    • February 13, 2017 at 2:38 PM

      Thanks Sukanya, nice to know that my humble blog post came as a teaching aid. Hope your students enjoyed it.

      If possible do take your students to some off the places I blogged about.

      If you need any help do get back to me.

  18. Sushobhun
    February 11, 2017 at 10:31 AM

    Hi, I am very much impressed by your dedicated work. I am interested in your work on cemetery. My cell no is 8452052871. Pls contact .

  19. Untold Unfold
    December 18, 2017 at 9:43 AM

    Are you there on Instagram?

  20. May 10, 2018 at 3:12 AM

    Awesome blog!! Honestly, there are very, very few resources on travelling around Kolkata. Your blog would accompany me next time I’m in Kolkata. Cheers – Joydeep

  21. sakena begg
    May 10, 2020 at 11:37 PM

    hi need to get in touch with you about Metiabruz

  22. August 11, 2020 at 9:17 PM

    I was going through your blog. It’s amazing. Your posts on Kolkata and photos of various monuments, holy places in Bengal are all so lively. Keep up the good work sir.

  23. Debleena Dasgupta
    May 4, 2022 at 2:37 AM

    Very fascinating and inspiring account exemplifying “how way leads on to way” as said by Frost. May the wanderlust go on and on. Not to mention the association with mathematics, the lucid language of science, which, when grasped, makes everything so simple. Your direct writing style adds to the richness of the experiences recounted. May you continue to publish and share more such stories with the readers. Best wishes. 🙂

  24. Adil ahmad
    June 4, 2022 at 4:44 PM

    Hello Rangan, like you i am an avid history and culture fan and also like you sadly I do not do this for a living but a passion. My blogs have so far been mainly for sites in delhi but today I visited St. John’s church Kolkata and that also led me to you. I am in Kolkata for next 2 weeks and it would be great to meet. I too have just started a blogs website and you can see about me.. we have similar paths. If you are free for a chat then please reply to my mail. Really look forward. Adil

  25. Soumik
    July 23, 2022 at 11:03 AM

    Sir, you won’t know me. But I know you as I was from ISB&M during my grads, and you, I believe, were also associated with the college somehow. It is that if you can give me some time, I would love to meet with you and discuss a business plan that I am working on related to travel. Can I have your mail id or contact for a meet.

    • July 23, 2022 at 11:14 AM

      Thanks Soumik for remembering me

      I used to teach BBA students in ISB&M from 2007 to 2015. Did you study media?

      You can drop me a mail (you can get it in the contact section) and we can discuss further plans

      Looking forward to meet you soon

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