Winters are like angels at Kolkata which provides respite from the scorching heat and perspiration. The chilly winter of four months ( November to February) is the time to enjoy long tours, get dressed in bright clothes, relish yummy dishes and last but not the least; brood under the soft rays of the sun with your favourite Bengali novel.
Sun is happy and kind during the winters. At Kolkata, winter afternoons are time to feel the soft sun rays, chit chat on the roof tops while kids are seen hoping around. Be it you or your lovable pet, the winter sun is sweet and inviting to all.
Winners are defined by colours; science states that deep and bright colours absorb more sunlight and this is an excuse to experiment with all the colours that you want. Nature is no less excited with winters than the Bengalis. Winters come with some of the most beautiful blossoms, fragrant and vibrant; hence winter is loved by gardeners. Winter is the time to drench in colours of life.
The cosy winter weather is ideal for vacations and weekend escapades. While families prefer warmer tourist destinations like Jaipur, it is also the best time to explore the Indian jungles; Ranthambhore, Kaziranga and Sundarban, to name a few. The more adventure lovers prefer to enjoy snow drizzles at Darjeeling, Kulu Manali or Shimla.
Christmas and New Year are the major celebrations of the season. While the air is filled with the aroma of palm cakes, the jingle of bells spread a joyous mood. Park Street of Kolkata is the destination of every Kolkatan at this time. Lighting a candle at St. Paul’s cathedral or celebrating the birthday of Christ with Nahoum’s cake are no less important at Kolkata then celebrating Durga Puja.
And how can one forget the Kolkata fairs; be it the International Kolkata Book Fair, Film Festival or the several handicrafts fair held throughout the city, Kolkatans wrapped in shawls and sweaters make their winter afternoons happening at these fairs and festivals.
Winter is ‘ Poush Parbon’ to Kolkata, winter is Christmas; hence food loving Bengalis do not miss to taste all types of cuisines this time, be it Bengali, Chinese or Continental. While every Bengali home is filled with the aroma of jaggery, delicious ‘pithe puli’ and payesh, preparations of turkey and Mughlai biriyani are hot favourites of Kolkatans at autumn.
As you walk through the streets of Kolkata you can see folks of Bhutanese at road sides with their plethora of woolen garments. The soft and warm costs, jackets, sweaters and shawls exhibit a splash of colours and any winter better is incomplete without bargaining and getting a cute, hand woven woolen garment for yourself.
Hence as the mercury drops, the City of Joy is ready to plunge into festivities and enjoy life to the fullest.