The monsoon may make its grand entry into Kolkata, but we have made sure to not let the rains dampen your spirit! Let your hair down and cure your boredom with these fun activities all around town!
For The Indoor Games Enthusiast
Do you know there are a host of cafes and pubs that also offer board games and pool tables to keep you entertained? Wake up late to a brunch at The Bikers Café or get a little tipsy at The Irish House and keep yourself busy with the host of nifty board games they have to offer. And if you’re a pool or snooker enthusiast, worry not, pubs like Bakstage and the dedicated pool parlour, Pool Academy, have got you covered!
For The Bookworm
Make a quick visit to Crossword on Elgin Road or Oxford Bookstore on Park Street and browse through hundreds of books, as the rain pours outside. These bookstores also come with cute little coffee shops to indulge idle time. So if you are craving a hot beverage, these are the perfect places to eat, sip and read.
For The Art Lover
Is your soul hungry for art? The City of Joy offers a plethora of art galleries to choose from, to satiate your thirst for thought-provoking art. Take a look at Akar Prakar Gallery at Hindustan Park which specialises in all mediums of expression, from photographs and paintings to installations and sculptures. Or The Harrington Streets Art Centre at Ho Chi Minh Sarani which breaks down the orthodox white-cube style of art galleries. This space also has a cafe attached to it.
For The Timeless Music Lover
Free School Street is a treasure trove for anyone who is irrevocably in love with the romance of old vinyls and the sound of classic music. Pack an umbrella and navigate to the lanes and by-lanes of Free School Street, buzzing through old retro shops and timeless music records. From cheesy Paul Anka to edgy David Bowie, from mellow old ghazals to robust Kishore Kumar, The Beatles, Sound of Music, Manna Dey and Sholay – you will find every genre of eternally iconic music here.
For The Film Buff
Why sit at home when you can go out and catch up on some of the latest blockbusters? Grab a bowl of cheesy popcorn and Coke, and let the lights dim while you enjoy what might become your next favourite motion picture. If you’re enthusiastic about world cinema, visit SRFTI’s European Union Film Festival from July 14 to July 22, or the French Film Festival hosted by Alliance Francaise du Bengale at Nandan from July 15 to July 18.
For The People Who Seek Warmth In A Cuppa
This wet weather calls for a hot cuppa. We love the varieties of tea offered at The Whistling Kettle (Golpark) and Dolly’s The Tea Shop (in Dakshinapan). And Calcutta 64, at Salt Lake or Mrs. Magpie are our favourites when it comes to coffee or hot chocolate.
For Anyone In Dire Need Of A Massage
After a hard week’s work, indulge in a relaxing massage. If you’re short of bucks, don’t fret. Kolkata has a variety of spas that offer rejuvenating massages at affordable rates. Sawasdee Namaste Spa or Samsara at The Stadel are places you can go to get revived without burning a hole in your pocket.
For The Adventurer
Put on your thinking caps, young detectives (waterproof, of course!) as you take on the rain at these fun escape games. Bring your squad to Espionage or the Mystery Rooms, and spend the rain-soaked afternoons with an adrenaline kick and some Sherlock-style sleuthing.
For The History Lover
Love the stories of civilisations past? Let the rain pour outside while you stroll along the hallowed corridors of some of the most famous museums in the country. We recommend going to the largest and oldest museum in the world, Indian Museum where among other things, you can see an Egyptian mummy. And if you are a science buff, the Birla Industrial and Technological Museum beckons.
For The Stargazer
The skies may be cloudy but if you wish to gaze at a starry sky, Birla Planetarium is where you go to. Check out outer space and marvel at the beauty of our universe. Going to the planetarium is a also a great way to keep kids entertained. So if you are looking for a family outing in the rains, this is a great place.