The following day was rather hectic. We had an early morning start. The best time to visit the Rabindra Sarovar on the southern fringes of the city is during the early morning hours. During this time, a lot of people come here for their morning walks. The place is a rather contrasting one right at the heart of the city. It is very serene and the waters of the lake are pristine. Apart from rowing no other activity is allowed in the lake. This lake is an artificial one and was known as the Dhakuria Lake for a long period of time. The fresh air from the cool morning breeze filled our lungs with a lot of energy.
The lake was made as a part of improving the locality for residential use by the Calcutta Improvement Trust. Back then it was known as Dhakuria Lake. It was in 1958 that the lake was renamed Rabindra Sarovar by the CIT officials as a mark of respect to Rabindranath Tagore. The surrounding area of the lake was developed later on to make children’s parks and other recreational complexes. There are a lot of old trees in the area around. This lake attracts a lot of migratory birds, though their numbers have been decreasing in the recent years due to high pollution levels. We also went to the sunrise point of the lake and offered our prayers to the Sun God. The kids enjoyed themselves as they jogged around the lake with their dad.
There are a lot of other complexes around the lake. Rabindra Sarovar stadium is one of the most important ones. A lot of sporting activities take place in this stadium. Apart from this, the one and only Japanese Buddhist temple of Kolkata is located on the Rabindra Sarovar. Some of the canons excavated were said to be used by Nawab Siraj-ud-daulah, the last ruler of independent Bengal. The environment around the lake was refreshing indeed. It charged us up for the whole day. Having a place like this is a welcome change for the people leaving in the city. With a lot of memories, we headed to our next destination, the world famous Howrah Bridge.