and he has to wander through all the outer worlds to reach the innermost shrine at the end.”
Rabindranath Tagore was a Bengali polymath who reshaped his region's literature and music. Author of Gitanjali and its "profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful verse", he became the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913.JORASANKO THAKUR BARI or THE HOUSE OF THE THAKURS
(grabbed from poemhunter.com)
Jorasanko Thakur Bari is the ancestral home of the Tagores. It was built during the 18th century by Rabindranath Tagore's grandfather. It now houses a museum that features the life and times of the Tagores. Also in this museum is a gallery of Rabindranath's paintings, poems, personal photographs.
Jorasanko Thakur Bari also houses the Rabindra Bharathi University.
If you ever find yourself in Kolkata, do not miss the House of Thakurs. And if you've read Rabindranath Tagore's books, you'd definitely appreciate this place. Give about 2-3 hours to tour around the premises. Shoes are not allowed inside the museum, bring socks if you don't want to walk around barefoot.
Opening Hours: 10:30am-5pm Tuesday to Sunday
Fee: INR 10 (locals) | INR 50 (foreigners)
Jorasanko Thakur Bari | House of the Thakurs | The Tagore House
6/4 Dwarakanath Tagore Lane
Rabindra Bharati University Campus
Jorasanko, Kolkata, India
THE MARBLE PALACE
Inside, the palace contains collections of priceless paintings, sculptures, urns, furnitures, and other treasures accumulated over the years. Its ballroom is decorated with magnificent chandeliers. I was incredibly impressed and awestruck by the opulence.
Admission is free but you need to get permission from the West Bengal Tourist Department. There are guides inside the premises and they are not shy about telling you how much they charge. If I remember it right, they asked for INR100 from us. The guard at the gate isn't very shy, too. Picture-taking is not allowed, so savor every moment you are there. And like the Tagore House, shoes are not allowed inside. Bring socks if you are squeamish about walking around barefoot.
Opening Hours: 10am - 4pm | Closed on Mondays & Thursdays
The Marble Palace 46 Muktaram Babu St. Kolkata, India
MOTHER TERESA'S TOMB
It is in this house that Mother Teresa lived, worked, guided her congregation, and laid to rest. Adjacent to the room where her tomb is, is a small museum that houses photographs of Mother Teresa's life, handwritten letters, garments, and sandals.
Her room is also open for viewing but picture-taking is not allowed.
I had goosebumps the moment I entered the mother house. There was a sense of sacredness and peacefulness here that's quite the opposite of the life just outside its walls. We lingered there a bit, checked out the museum, prayed. It was, indeed, the perfect ending to our Kolkata trip.
A few reminders when you visit --
- Switch your mobile phones to silent mode.
- Maintain atmosphere of silence and prayer.
- Mother Teresa's tomb is considered sacred, please wear proper attire.
- Photographs of the tomb and Mother Teresa's statue is for personal use only. Permission is needed if you use photographs for publication.
- Do not give money or encourage beggars outside the mother house.
- Take care of your personal belongings.
- Do not photograph or take videos of nuns and their activities around the house.
Opening Hours: 8am-12nn | 3pm-6pm Everyday except Thursdays
Missionaries of Charity
Mother House 54A A.J.C. Bose Road Kolkata, 700016 India
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