This episode of my travel series has truly been an unforgettable one. From start to finish, this journey has taken me through the contrasting cultures, traditions, and beliefs of the two most beautiful cities of India. Kolkata was always on top of my “Indian Cities to Visit”, but adding Port Blair to this chapter has given this experience a totally new outlook.
The travel planning was a little tricky as Port Blair is only connected with mainland India by air and sea. But, the domestic flights help in overcoming this hurdle with ease. A total of around 20 daily Kolkata to Port Blair flights are available for the general public making it easier to commute. After booking my flight ticket, the next step was selecting the places which I wanted to visit within the cities. Kolkata, being the second largest Indian city is widely known as the “cultural capital” of India and is also nicknamed the “City of Joy”.
Kolkata is renowned for its literary, artistic, and revolutionary heritage; as the former capital of India, it was the birthplace of modern Indian literary and artistic thought. On the other hand, Port Blair has a different history and outlook. The capital city of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands which is also a union territory of India is situated in the Bay of Bengal. What makes it interesting is that Bengali is the most spoken language of the city. This hidden relationship between Kolkata and Port Blair very closely embraces their sweet connection.
Since Kolkata is famous for its Durga Puja celebrations, I planned my trip during the time of the Puja. Durga Puja festival marks the battle of goddess Durga with the shape-shifting, deceptive and powerful buffalo demon Mahishasura, and her emerging victorious. The entire city just turns into a bundle of joy. Since my main focus was on the Puja, I couldn’t cover all the other famous attractions, but the beautifully chaotic streets with its delicious food, artistic pandals, processions, and the traditionally dressed up crowd made my trip a wholesome one!
Next up, Port Blair!
I am a beach person, and therefore I was so excited to unravel the shores of the capital city of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Elephant Beach, Corbyn’s Cove, Vijay Nagar Beach, Kala Pathar Beach, Radhanagar Beach, Wandoor Beach etc., are the famous must-visit beaches. Port Blair is not only famous for its beaches, but there are also other mind-blowing destinations that one must visit without fail like the anthropological museums, colonial jails, Aberdeen Bazaar, and Barren Island Volcano. If you are a person who is always up for adventures, then Port Blair is the right place for you! Port Blair is renowned for water sports activities like deep-sea diving, snorkeling, scuba diving, and ocean walking! Coastal area means lip-smacking seafood. The city won’t disappoint you when it comes to food. Everything about this city is special and so full of love. Another major thing that makes Port Blair so important is that it is the home for the naval base INS Jarawa of the Indian Navy!
This journey has given me a deeper understanding of what Chief Seattle had said, “Take Only Memories, Leave Only Footprints”. This trip is something which will always be closest to my heart. Words won’t do justice to Kolkata and Port Blair, these cities are to be explored and experienced, only then one will understand the true beauty and richness these cities have to offer. This was definitely a once in a lifetime experience! So, what are you waiting for?! Pack up and get out! 😀