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Swabhumi: The Heritage Plaza in the City of Joy

Kolkata welcomes a lot of visitors and foreign tourists throughout the year who tours almost all the notable places listed on the tourist map. Nevertheless, there are interesting hubs to visit in Kolkata other than hotspots like Indian Museum, Victoria Memorial, Indian Botanical Garden, Alipore Zoological Garden and religious sites and so on. To get a feel of the architectural, art and culture of Kolkata and West Bengal per se, a visit to Swabhumi- the heritage plaza is a must. Located off Eastern Metropolitan Bypass on Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Sarani (Narkeldanga), Swabhumi is a zone earmarked for cultural and art exhibits and a unique place for gathering atop a mound surrounded by beautiful landscaped gardens. Overall the plaza has been created in a way to give the tourists a glimpse of architecture in 19th century Bengal.

Swabhumi-The Heritage Plaza

Accessible from both northern and southern ends of the city through Metro railway and local train service and public transport, Swabhumi is a destination for hosting innumerable cultural events and parties and corporate events as well. It showcases art and cultural exhibits from all parts of India and of course West Bengal. There are several zones inside the heritage plaza including a traditional crafts village called Shilpgram, a food court named Santushti serving cuisines from different states of India, Sambhar –an urban zone, a party zone called Sabhaghar for hosting events, Meena Bazar which showcases a variety of crafted jewelry and an astrology zone. In short, Swabhumi is a traveler’s paradise and the plaza is beautifully lit at dusk imparting a charm to the entire area.

Swabhumi-The Heritage Plaza

From the moment a person enters Swabhumi, one will be enchanted by the magnificent display of art exhibits throughout the expanse; crafted wooden artifacts and bamboo furniture and wares, Gond and Madhubani paintings. It seems like a person has been ushered into an art exhibition and marveling at the displays in the gallery. Swabhumi is a hub for designer boutiques and handlooms and hand-woven garments, furnishings and wrought iron home decors, silk, jute fabrics and artifacts. The added attraction is a store by designer Sarbari Dutta.

Other attractions are collectibles like Dokra craft, a specialty of Bengal, printed sarees and kurtas, footwear made from jute  and the list goes on. Meena Bazar displaying unique and exotic traditional and handcrafted jewelry collections and Kaarigar Haat delights a tourist with variety of wares displayed by artisans and ready for sale along with entertaining traditional musical performances. Rangmanch, an 8000 square feet amphitheatre for hosting open air parties, band performance and cultural events as well as a conference room for corporate events and meets make Swabhumi the ideal destination for all.

Lastly the food court offers a sumptuous spread from all 4 corners of India; east, west, north and south serving cooked delicacies like Missi Roti, Kadhai Paneer, Ilish Paturi, Lauki ka Kofta and many more. On a visit to Kolkata, a visit to Swabhumi is highly recommended to grab the flavor of the city.

Visitor timings: 10:00 am -7:00 pm

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