Kolkata Botanic Gardens

#1 Jan 2nd, 2012, 14:47
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We had a short visit to the gardens last year as part of an organised tour. We plan on going back when we are in Kolkata next month. We were particularly impressed by the bird life but this seemed to reduce as the sun got hotter and the number of visitors increased. For this reason we want to get there as early possible.

I am looking for some basic information as I cannot find the answers either on IM or elsewhere on the internet.

Does anybody know what time the gardens open? Are they open every day of the week?

Am I right in assuming that the best transport would be to hire a taxi and ask him to wait at the gate for us?

If this is so how much would it cost for a car for 4 hours including travel time to & from our hotel near Park Circus?

Can anybody recommend a taxi company for this?

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#2 Jan 2nd, 2012, 14:59
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Dave, all I can tell you from a visit nearly twenty years ago by now, is that I'm eternally mixed up between getting (from downtown/Sudder Street area) to either the Botanical Gardens and to Kalighat, however I think a (fun) ferry ride takes you to the one, while a (comfy -- outside of rush hours, one assumes) metro stops close to the other. Besides city bus options.

No need for any waiting taxis unless you want to, I don't think. The gardens are huge and a very pleasant respite from the city hustle & bustle, take your time there. Note at the time, and I think I still see it commented on sometimes, there were precious few refreshments available inside the park, so bring some with you. (And, at the time, metro services were limited on Sundays or so, I think. Anyway, it will be easy to find out on the ground.)
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Thanks. The gardens are on the Howrah side of the river so that rules out the metro. A ferry sounds good. I'll have to see if I can dig out any info. My thoughts on a waiting taxi were prompted by the lack of any obvious way to get back to the city centre. When we went last year there was a minibus for our party and it waited in the car park. I didn't see any sign of taxis waiting around the exit.
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I'm sure some others will be in yet with the details
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I went to the Botanic Gardens by bus from Esplanade in Feb 2010. I had to wait a longish time for the bus when going but there was no problem at all for coming back. I know I have the the bus numbers either written down somewhere or here in IM. I'm going off now but will be back later and will find those bus numbers
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We went to the garden by public bus. From Esplanade it takes about an hour.
About taking refreshments into the garden, we had to leave our water bottles outside. Nevertheless it was a great outing.
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The best way would be to take a taxi. It will take about 15 mins from park street to B Garden. No need to keep the taxi waiting. You can take a bus during the return journey from the bus terminus at the B Garden gate. Get any of the buses(C6, C14, MS35), you will reach park street/esplanade in about 20 mins.

This route is through the Vidyasagar setu. The route is nice and fast.

The ordinary buses(for example - number 55 or the B garden minibuses) take the route from esplanade via Howrah bridge to B Garden. That route takes a long time and is through very crowded and polluted roads. Avoid that route(I think that is the route the other posters are talking about).
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Great advice Nayan

When I came back from the garden I took one of the B Garden minibuses over Howrah Bridge. The roads weren't too bad (I think it was a Sunday) but I can imagine what it would be like any other time. Your route sounds much better.
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Dave, if you want to avoid taking the bus back, call Mega Cabs or Kolkata Cabs (those are the only 2 "radio cabs" I know of), and arrange a pick-up to get you back to Park Circus.

I don't know what time the gardens open these days, just remember that as a child I'd go there with my grandfather around sunrise.
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Thanks to everybody who responded. Doesn't look as difficult as I thought it might be.
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botanic gardens opens around 6 am or earlier and stays open till sunset. you can take a taxi from your hotel and no need to hold it. there is a taxi stand outside botanic gardens........otherwise walk .5 KM towards main gate of Bengal Engineering College which is adjacent to botanic garden and you will find some taxi on the way.

link to website and contact details of botanic gardens
http://164.100.52.111/indianBotanicgarden.shtm
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Since you have already been advised by many on how to go to B Garden, I shall give you some unsolicited advice on birding spots in Calcutta. Take time out to go to Santragachhi Jheel which is also across the river and not too far from B. Garden. But the area is not as pleasant as B. Garden. On this side you could go to Chinamani Kar Bird Sanctuary in the southern fringe of Calcutta.
Have fun and let me know if you have any specific questions about birding in our city.
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Thanks for your replies. I'm not sure that I dare let my wife see the notes about other birdwatching spots. She would cheerfully spend a month with her binoculars watching our feathered friends. I don't mind it for a while and hope to get some pictures but I prefer trains and trams for my amusement.

We will be spending 2 nights in the Sundarbans and we have an excursion organised to happyarun's lost lake outside Gurgaon. I would love to get pictures of one of those spectacular kingfishers.

The lost lake story!
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Spend some time near any of the small ponds inside the Botanics and you will most certainly see the kingfishers. You are most likely to see the common, white throated and stork billed there. In fact you will most certainly see them. The white throated will let you come the closest.
If you are really lucky you might see the pied king fisher attached below. I didn't get it at the Botanics though. I have got some very good lineated barbets there. And also various parakeets.

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Thanks for posting that picture. I shall be delighted if I can get one as good as that to take home.

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