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Suggested activities and meeting points for families, near the conference venue:
If you search for an escape from the hustle of Kolkata, you might want to visit the Eco Park, which is just a 20-minute walk away from our hotel.
The park is about 600 acres huge (480 acres of green surrounded by 104 acres of water with an island in the middle) and consists of several areas, with ecological zones like wetlands, grasslands, and an urban forest, theme gardens as well as open spaces and urban recreational spaces. The park also contains a miniature of the Seven Wonders of the World.
Note: Most parks in India are secured with gates and have opening hours (and sometimes a break during noon, which means that the gates are closed). You should always have a little cash on you when you plan to visit a park, as many charge a small entrance fee. The Eco Park is closed on Mondays entirely and closes at 7.30 pm all other days. The entrance fee to visit Eco Park is 30 Rupees (~ 0.40€).
Mother’s Wax Museum:
Do you want to have a photo of you standing next to Mahatma Gandhi? Then you should visit the Mother’s Wax Museum, which is reachable by feet within 10 minutes from the conference hotel. The Museum shows wax replications of famous people of India, as well as a few Hollywood stars. This makes it an interesting place to spend time with your family as it enables you to take (fake) selfies and at the same time teaches you about Indian history in a vivid manner.
The Mother’s Wax Museum is open from Tuesdays to Sundays from 12 noon to 7.30 pm. and the entrance costs a mere 250 Rupees (a little more than 3€) and is free for children below 3 years.
A few bus stops away from the conference hotel is the Nicco Park. This is an amusement park, which aims at entertaining and teaching children at the same time. Therefore, it explains how the different rides work, and various non-conventional energy sources in a so-called “Solar Energy Village”. The park also includes a greenhouse, roller coasters and similar attractions as well as a Water Park.
Nicco Park opens at 10.30 am (Entry to Main Park closes at 6.30 pm). The entrance fee depends on the attractions you want to use.
Aquatica is a huge Water Park and resort with several water slides, a replication of the Niagara Falls and some pools to relax and cool down.
The Park is open from Monday to Sunday from 10.00 A.M. – 6.00 P.M. and the entrance fee varies depending on the day.
Note: The park rules say that synthetic swimwear is required to use the rides, but you may want to bring a T-Shirt or Top to cover a little more skin in case you feel that wearing your swimwear is inappropriate. The same applies for visiting the Water Park of Nicco Park.
Visiting a shopping mall can be a good way to escape the hot, humid weather outside. Shopping malls consist of shops to buy clothes, books and similar, as well as restaurants and sometimes even a food court with good, inexpensive cuisine. Nearby the conference hotel are: the Central Shopping Mall, the DLF Galleria, the Axis Mall and many more.