Young couples standing in long queues
outside restaurants or jostling for space in the various parks, is not an
uncommon sight on Valentine's Day. But Rome, as they say, was not built in a
day. The same holds true for the innumerable love stories that bloom every day,
in the corners of the city. But where do youngsters go to find a little time
and space to build Rome... er, their relationships?
Turns out, they don't have to venture far.
From the legendary quadrangle of Presidency University and Green Benches of St
Xavier's College to the inconspicuous empty classrooms — city colleges offer
ample scope to keep the romance alive. The evergreen phrase 'I love you'
resonates across the corridors. On Valentine's Day, Team M3.tv remembers 14
'lovely' places in Kolkata.
The Green Zone of Jadavpur University
campus is famous for its vast open spaces, soothing greenery and the
well-tended carpet of grass. One can often spot sweethearts cuddling or
coochie-cooing here, sitting on the wooden benches, enjoying the cool breeze. The
lovebirds enjoy the view of the jheel (pond) and the privacy that the jheel
paar offers. Even more romantic during the monsoons, this spot also offers a
bonus — the proximity to the canteen.
Lane in Presi
There are not many romance spots in Kolkata
campuses as fabled as Presidency University's Lovers' Lane. Even though newer
spots have been discovered by couples, the romance associated with this
stretch, flanked by the majestic main building and canopying trees, only grows by
Presidency Lovers' Lane
Popularly known as Maths-er chhad, the
terrace of the Maths department also provides a magical setting for most
couples, as the sun goes down the horizon. The long spiral staircase leading up
to it only adds to the old-world-charm.
The nook and crannies of the north Kolkata
bylanes have witnessed many a lovestory brewing. One such spot is the Bagbazar
Ghat, 10 minutes away from the college. One can always spot couples, all with
their identity cards, sitting on the ghats, chatting. With age-old banyans
shielding them from prying eyes, they couldn't have asked for more.
Love over a cup of coffee? The concept is
regularly nailed by the students of St Xavier's College, who are often spotted
at the coffee shop just two minutes away from the campus. You can also spot
couples hopping into Delights, situated right opposite the back gate. A yummy
pizza and a glass of chilled masala soft drink add a perfect edge to these love
It is a good & almost safe place for
couple or love birds. You can spend some intimate time with your girl friend
with police protection. Sounds Funny!! Yes. No one will say anything if you
kiss or hug your girl friend or boy friend in public. No one will tease you or
through any slung comments.
It is a space to get intimate with your
girl friend or boy friend. This is a place only for romance. You can spend a
“quality time” here with your partner. No one here will object to “anything”.
Just remember not to be too explicit in your acts.
Aerial view of Central Park, Salt Lake
It’s also a good & safe place for
Kolkata love birds to romance. The space is also designed for couples to enjoy
romance without any tension. Staring at other couple’s activity is not
preferred here. You can also take your girlfriend to have a walk around the
One of the best parks in Kolkata, Nalban is
open till 8 pm so you can enjoy with your partner even after work. You can
romance anywhere as there are lot of hide outs to romance each other. Apart
from romancing, you can also engage yourself in boating, ranging from simple
paddle boats to deluxe Shikaras, depending upon your choice and budget.
This place is mostly preferred by college
students who really want to spend their time in private; it’s the right place
to do so. It seems the benches around the lake are specially made for couples
One of the finest ambiances for lovers at
the bank of river Ganga where you can immerse yourself in the eyes of your partner
while enjoying a romantic sunset on the ghat. The park consists of landscaped
gardens and children's amusement rides.
This is the right place where people can
enjoy with their date since the place is bit costly with an entry fee. People
won’t prefer it much but actually it’s the right place to hang out if you are
looking for solace.
Nandan complex, Kolkata
Nandan is a government sponsored centre in
Calcutta, India for facilitating film awareness and includes a few
comparatively large screens housed in an impressively architectured building. The
complex, besides being a modern cinema and cultural complex, is a popular
hang-out for the young and the aged. You can always settle yourself at the
Akademi complex or cross the road to spend some quality time at Mohor Kunja.
City Mall food court
One of the most popular hangout spots for
the young generation, who prefer cooling in the AC malls rather than “sweating
it out” in the sun. Often one would witness the food court manager walking
around, asking couples (immersed in each other) to vacate tables or order some
food. A big draw for college students.
Do not be surprised. A common sight at the
entrance of any metro station would be to find love birds spending a few
moments together, before setting off for their destination. Even the pillars on
the platforms are witness to so many romantic tales in these three decades of
existence. So much so that security personnel often have to remind the love
birds to board their trains.
Written by: Agnivo Niyogi for Team M3.tv