The gap that separates Park Street from its old Calcutta days to its contemporary avatar as Kolkata continues to be close, simply by that strongest bond— Nostalgia. It’s one of the most important reasons why this iconic food, music, culture and heritage hub, which lost its sheen as a nightlife haunt in the mid-70s– is back in the game with newer restaurants, cafés and live music. The crowds are back even though those glory days of Trincas, Blue Fox, Mocambo and Moulin Rouge are the stuff of memories. Back in the day, horse-drawn carriages clip-clopped down the street carrying their charges for a night out on the town at one of the fancy restaurants in the area.
It’s not that one thanked Calcutta’s Park Street for the music (jazz, pop, country, or disco) alone, it had too its fair share of historic structures that still call out to the heritage buff, with landmark colonial-days buildings like Queen’s Mansions, Flury’s Bakery, the Asiatic Society, St. Xavier’s College, Park Hotel and the South Park Street Cemetery.
Why you will love itDelving into the historic popularity of Park Street as a culture hubWhere history and the contemporary world come togetherAcquainting oneself with its many iconic structures
What you will experience
Plunge into a world of nostalgia, even as you soak in the fun and entertainment of contemporary times ‘The City That Never Sleeps'. The erstwhile ‘Burial Ground Road’, never played dead for sure. How could it – given the host of entertainment establishments and the huge buzz day and night, which transformed this street into a desi version of Oxford Street? If Calcutta was the capital of the British Raj, then Park Street was the capital street of the city, where the rich and the famous lived, dined and made merry. Here, we will traverse down this hugely famous as well as infamous promenade and pay homage to the pleasure capital of the British Empire. So, come with us as we take you from one end of the street to the other taking in restaurants, watering holes, hotels, the churches, colleges, stately homes and the burial grounds.