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Rabindra Sarobar Kolkata Address: Dhakuria, Rabindra Sarobar, Kolkata, West Bengal, 700029, India
Popularly known as the Dhakuria Lake, the Rabindra Sarobar is a man- made lake and the second largest water body of Kolkata. It was baptised to its present name in 1958 after the renowned poet and Nobel Laureate, Rabindranath Tagore thus, paying tribute to him.
Under the National Lake Conservation Programme, which is now merged with the National Wetlands Conservation Programme of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India, Rabindra Sarobar was declared to be a ‘National Lake’ in 1997 since it is considered to be a major ecological reserve of the city.
History of Rabindra Sarobar, Kolkata
Located in South Kolkata, the area of the entire lake along with the walkway stretches to 192 acres. The Calcutta Improvement Trust (CIT), a body responsible for development of infrastructure and beautification of the city acquired 192 acres of marshy jungle land in 1921 with the intention to build residential complexes along with lakes and parks. Out of the total area, only 73 acres of the land is covered by the lake. Rest of the area comprises gardens, parks, trees, shrubs, auditoria and jogger’s strip.
There are around 11,000 trees in the area which belong to 50 different species, out of which 7,500 of them are more than 70 to 100 years old. There is a significant population of various varieties of fish on the lake however, fishing is prohibited.
Things to do at Rabindra Sarobar, Kolkata
There are many activities organised for families during the weekends or holidays at Rabindra Sarobar that one can indulge in. People also meditate at the sunrise point and a few offer their morning prayers to the sun.
There are salsa classes organised here on weekends, there are also street bands that set up live musicals, yoga workshops are routine and the most amazing among all is the laughter club.
People are allowed to row in the lake waters and also engage in kayaking, water ballet and regatta, etc. The rowing clubs associated with the Rabindra Sarobar are Bengal Rowing Club, Calcutta Rowing Club and the Lake Club, who keep organising rowing events every now and then. There are swimming classes arranged here at the lake and one can enrol themselves in the club to be able to dip themselves in the refreshing waters of the lake.
When it comes to natural habitat, the gardens of Rabindra Sarobar becomes home to several migratory birds during the winters and it is a birder’s paradise. For wildlife or bird photography enthusiasts, winter is the best time to be around to catch hold of birds like brown-breasted flycatcher, pin-tailed snipe, blue-throated blue catcher, brahminy starling, etc. in their lenses.
The 4-kilometre stone- paved jogging strip which encircles the park gardens of the Rabindra Sarobar Lake makes it an amazing destination for a waterfront run, be it short or long runs. There is a museum inside the premises of the lake which is called “Thakur-der-gallery” literally translating to “Gallery of the Gods” because, this museum houses some of the award winning Durga idols of Kolkata. This museum was initially an abandoned waterhouse.
Timings and Entry Fees of Rabindra Sarobar, Kolkata
The Sarobar is open all days a week from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM. There is no entry fee to visit Rabindra Sarobar.
Places to visit near Rabindra Sarobar, Kolkata
1. Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist Temple: Popularly known as Kolkata’s Japanese Temple, is a well- maintained beautiful temple located on the Lake Road which is now known as Kabi Bharati Sarani in the Dhakuria area of South Kolkata. The presence of the temple is a bit of trivia for outsiders. The temple was built in 1935 by Nichidatsu Fujii, one of the disciples of the great Japanese monk, Nichiren who preached the Lotus Sutra. Presently, the temple is run by monks from North East India and people from all faiths are welcome to attend the temple services.
2. Lake Garden Graffiti Warehouse: As the name says it all, the Lake Garden Graffiti Warehouse is an abandoned warehouse, the walls of which are augmented by attractive and thoughtful graffiti all over. The warehouse lies right in the middle of the bylanes of the Dhakuria lake, unbeknownst to many. It is quite a hot spot for wannabe artists and kids who come here to practice skateboards and cycling. One visit here is a must to get a glimpse of Kolkata’s growing underground rap culture.
How to Reach Rabindra Sarobar, Kolkata
The connectivity to Rabindra Sarobar is very good from all parts of the city via cars, taxis, rickshaws and trains. The nearest Railway Station is Howrah Junction and one may hire a taxi or rent a cab from top car rental companies in Kolkata to reach the lake.
The nearest airport is Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport. One may reach Rabindra Sarobar via taxi or rent a cab from the airport.
The nearest Metro station to Rabindra Sarobar is the Rabindra Sarobar Metro Station. From the metro station, it is a 3 min walk to the lake.
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