When you think of a lake, the first thing that comes to most people's mind is nature. A beautiful pool of water surrounded by lush green grasses where people can fish, boat, watch the birds or just enjoy the calm breeze. It has been the notion of the lake for most people, a natural swimming pool created by gods to bless all the species in that area.
However, did you know that not all lakes are created by God? Lakes can be man-made too. One such example of a man-made lake is Rabindra Sarobar which stays proud and gorgeous as ever in south Kolkata in West Bengal. So, let's move on and get to know about this splendid Rabindra Sarobar.
A Little About Rabindra Sarobar
Rabindra Sarobar has been one of the most popular recreational areas for people of all ages, surrounded by children's park, gardens and auditoria. This wonderful recreation heaven spreads across 192 acres out of which 73 acres is occupied by the majestic Rabindra Sarobar Lake. This artificial nature park was formerly called Dhakuria Lake, but later renamed as a tribute to one of the greatest writers in the history of literature, Rabindranath Tagore. Although it is artificial, this lake paradise serves the purpose as good as natural lake and one can spot various species of birds and fishes while relaxing in the serene bliss of Rabindra Sarobar.
Things To Do In And Around The Lake
Visit The Japanese Buddhist Temple
There is only one Japanese Buddhist Temple in Kolkata and it is a site not worth missing. Sounds of monks offering prayers in Japanese to the sound of beating drums during early dawn and dusk offers something very peculiar and a different aura to its visitors. And to add on to the divine vibes there are peace messages engraved in Japanese in the pillars of the mosque and a pair of lions in the entrance which signifies faith. This Buddhist Temple is located on the Southern fringe of Rabindra Sarobar.
Savour The Beauty Of The Mosque
The Mosque located on the island of the lake is one such historical monument that predates the excavation of the lake itself. To reach this mosque an iron suspension bridge is built from the southern shore all the way to the island.
Relish The Water Sports
There are a number of rowing and swimming clubs within the vicinity of Rabindra Sarobar Complex. There are various timings for each club and has one of the best training facilities for young rowers and swimmers.
Why You Should Visit Rabindra Sarobar
Why not? From the spiritual divinity of the temple and mosque to nature's beauty in the form of lake and gardens, Rabindra Sarobar has all that a perfect recreational spot for people of all age groups. It is one place that emanates the vibes of peace from each corner giving you a break from the hustling and bustling city life.
How To Reach Rabindra Sarobar
Located in South Kolkata, Rabindra Sarobar is easily accessible by road. If you are travelling by air, you can take a direct flight to Kolkata. Rabindra Sarobar is at an approximate distance of 20 km Kolkata Airport. You can also catch a direct train to Kolkata railway station, which is at a distance of 10 km from Rabindra Sarobar.