A dollop of Bengal – Outram Ghat

O can be labelled as an important alphabet in Bengali vocabulary. The pronunciation of quite a few words alter under the strong influence of this alphabet. For example, Amitabh Bachchan is pronounced as Omitabho Bochchon, Sachin becomes Sochin and Arijit Singh is Orijit Singh. For the feature, Oudh 1590 – the famous Awadhi cuisine restaurant in Kolkata, Oshtomir Onjoli – the integral part of Pushpanjali on the morning of Durga ashtami, Oxford Bookstore with a coffee shop on Park Street were the few options that were being considered. But the one that makes it to the list is one of the famous ghats in the city – Outram Ghat.

Outram Ghat –

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Outram Ghat

Outram Ghat is a ghat built-in memory of Sir James Outram during the British era, along the river bank of Hooghly (a distributary of Ganges river) on its bank of the Kolkata. During colonial era it used to be a key port and the main mooring point for ships to East Bengal and Burma.

Unlike Princep Ghat, Babu Ghat, Armenian Ghat and the others, Outram Ghat does not have any structure or building. The flight of stairs goes down to the river for taking a dip. This is the reason that this ghat is the preferred choice for immersion of idols, specially during the pujas.

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A merry-go-round ride near the ghat – Pic courtesy : Bootsnall.com

While the port is still operational, there’s a range of activities at the ghat. There are hawkers selling fast food, boating on the river, the spot serving as the rendezvous place for couples and the sound of local train passing by. Outram Ghat is famous for the most gorgeous sight of sunset available in the Kolkata sky.

The famous local food items on the ghat are phuchkas, jhal muri (spiced up puffed rice) and sweet milk tea.

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Sunset and the boats – Pic courtesy : Bootsnall.com

The ghat has a floating restaurant. There’s also an ice cream corner called The Scoop which is now renamed as Swirls – The Scoop. It offers one of the best options in ice-creams and sundae along with a gorgeous view of the river, sunset and bridge from its air-conditioned seating arrangement upstairs.

Outram Ghat is definitely one of the most beautiful riverside area and with the recent beautification of the riverfront, it has become a favourite destination for natives and tourists alike.

The personal angle –

Post marriage during our trips back home, we would stop over for a couple of days in the city to explore places. During one such visit just before Durga Puja, we had been to Outram Ghat to enjoy the ice-cream sundae at The Scoop. More than the ice-cream , it was the view of a setting sun along the banks of the river with a backdrop of rowing boats that has been etched on in my mind for life.

See you tomorrow with a different facet of Bengal.

Author: Sonia Chatterjee

Who am I? An erstwhile banker turned blogger/writer/author. Any qualifications? A Post-Graduate degree in Chemistry followed by a second Post-Graduate Diploma in Management. I completed a one-year MFA in creative writing course from the Writer's Village University, U.S. in Dec 2020. Though I must admit that I am still trying to figure out how and when I can connect all these dots. Have I done any real work? If two years in market research, six years in banking as a branch head, three-plus years of blogging, writing, and publishing a book can be considered as real work, then yes! Where do I live? After spending life like a nomad for sixteen years in Delhi, Bangalore & Mysore, I am back to where it all started from - Kolkata. My favorite things - Books, coffee, travel, food, and my five-year-old son. What is this blog about? Through Sonia's musings, I intend to explore writing in various genres, create social awareness, spread laughter, and give words to emotions. Anything for readers? You can check out my book 'Deal of Death' on Amazon Kindle. If you like fast-paced thrillers, this Detective fiction introducing the woman sleuth, Raya Ray could turn out to be your perfect weekend read.

13 thoughts on “A dollop of Bengal – Outram Ghat”

  1. Nice one Sonia.. thanks for choosing an icon from the British era of Kolkata and presenting it so nicely! Looking forward to more of your posts 🙂

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  2. You know, I loved reading this post because of the way you have pronounced the names with the O. I simply love this language, Sonia!
    Outram Ghat seems like a beautiful place..and the image you shared that’s stayed with you – feels so calming!

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  3. I studied in Varanasi and I remember the Ghats along the banks of the Ganges. The Outram Ghat definitely sounds exciting. And so does Swirl – the scoop. 🙂


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