Rabindra Sarobar Lake: The Lungs of Kolkata

Rabindra Sarovar Lake-Kolkata
The trees and the water create their own space here
Rabindra Sarovar Lake-Kolkata
The trees and the water create their own space here

Rabindra Sarovar Lake or the Dhakuria Lake, as it was known earlier, are the lungs of Kolkata. This is one place in South Kolkata where you can escape the commotion and be with yourself. I remember going there when I was a kid with my grandpa. My brother, my cousins and I used to have a gala time running through the entire stretch, while grandpa continued walking at his usual speed. I remember the badam and muri I had there at that time. Then there was a gap; a gap of 25 years. My association with Dhakuria Lake somehow stopped during that time. I shifted houses and there was no one with whom I could go to the Dhakuria Lake. But something was there in the offering.

Dhakuria Lake Kolkata
You forget you are in a city when you come here

My union with the lake happened again. My childhood memories flashed back. My school friends used to meet at the Dhakuria Lake  every Sunday and they asked me to join them. I started going to the lake again. I didn’t mind going there in spite of all odds. Yes, I even went there at 1:30 pm last Sunday in this summer heat. Trust me it is not crazy. The greenery there reduces the heat. You have to be there to understand what I mean. The badam and the muri and the tea (yes, this was of course an addition) all returned.

Tree at Rabindra Sarovar Lake
The reason why you get so much fresh air.

Then something good happened and I returned to live near the lake. My morning walks now happen at the lake. I would be honest to say I need motivation for my morning walk. I cannot go walking on the streets. To me the motivation is the greenery, the smell of the waters of the lake and the chirping of the birds everyday. A walk by the lake is like pumping fresh air into your lungs everyday. I would refrain from saying anything negative about the lake. Yes, there are issues, but the positive weighs everything down.

Address –  Southern Avenue, Golpark, Tollygunge, Dhakuria, Lake Gardens, South Kolkata 700029, India
Good for – Nature Lovers Photo Fanatics
Entry Fee – No entry fee
Timings – Day Time
Visit Duration – Around 2 hours


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