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Visit to the Millennium Park in Kolkata

Theme parks and recreational centers are mushrooming and multiplying in every city every day. But whether a theme park can offer a breathtaking view without encompassing much recreational activities is a rare phenomenon. However this phenomenon is found in Kolkata- the city of joy. As visitors take a stroll along the banks of the Hooghly River from BBD Baug (as in Benoy Badal Dinesh Baug also known as Dalhousie Square) towards Strand Road, they will witness a 2.5 kilometer stretch of cemented promenade with greenery and garden greeting them along the riverfront. That is Millennium Park, a park open to the public and considered as Kolkata’s 1st theme park.

Visit to Millennium Park in city of joy

Millennium Park runs parallel with the Hooghly River along the embankments like Babughat and it was built as a part of the beautification drive of the riverfront and also to uplift the anti pollution drive. Gifted by the Kolkata Municipal Development Authority (KMDA) to the citizens of Kolkata as a millennium exhibit, Millennium Park was inaugurated on December 26, 1999 and thrown open for the public from January 1st, 2000. Although the land on which the park has been created belongs to the Kolkata Port Trust, it is manned by both KMDA and the Port Trust. The long stretch along the Hooghly River offers a scenic landscape with both the Howrah Bridge and the 2nd Hooghly Bridge visible from the park grounds.

Scores of visitors from all over the city and who come from outside the city visit Millennium Park to catch a glimpse of the mystic panorama unfolding along the riverfront while they walk along the promenade amidst lush greenery. Visitors can relax in benches and hut styled structures created at intervals to seek refuge from the sun during the day as well as amusement rides for children like merry go rounds, swings and slides. The ideal time to visit the park premises are in the evening when the park is illuminated by the lights adorned on either side of the walk, thus emanating a special aura to the park and the enigmatic riverfront. Faraway the illuminated Howrah Bridge beckons while boats and steamers ferries passengers to and fro to different destinations.

Visit to Millennium Park in Kolkata in city of joy

Millennium Park has its own food junction offering yummy snacks and delights to the visitors who gather on the premises every day to celebrate something or the other. The park becomes a huge crowd puller on special days like Christmas and New Years Eve. The park is one of its kind as it always tries to uplift its goal of anti pollution drive as it’s a declared no plastic zone. Added attraction of the park is its unique location; adjacent to Floatel, a floating hotel on the Hooghly River and offering a grand view of the river with open air decks and banquets.

Regular cruises are organized from Millennium Park to places like Botanical Gardens, Howrah Bridge, Dakshineswar Kali Temple, Belur Math and Ferry Ghats along the Hooghly River. Evening cruises are the best to soak in the city’s flavor and thoroughfare on the River. Recently, the KMDA is in process of extension of Millennium Park and ornamentation of the area. The Park can be visited any time of the year, however winter is the best time to visit it.

Timings: 10:00 am- 9:00 pm
Entry Fee: Free

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