Travel Blogs from Kolkata, India

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Culture Shock, India Style, Kolkata (Calcutta), India travel blog

Culture Shock, India Style

A travel blog entry by philthy

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... this mindset by another traveller on the plane, Greg, who we decided to share a cab with to the main travelers hub in Kolkata, Sudder Street. He was meeting woman at the airport who had arranged a train ticket for him to meet with his girlfriend in ...

Brief, Kolkata, India travel blog

Brief

A travel blog entry by lucinate

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... update the name.  As we're all aware, East Bengal is now known as Bangladesh!!   Tomorrow we're off for a quick taster of the cooler lands of Bhutan in the Himalayas.  But don't worry Kolkata, we'll be back in a week to say ...

Tea, politics and a step back in time..., Kolkata (Calcutta), India travel blog

Tea, politics and a step back in time...

A travel blog entry by tracystravels

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... onto the back. We headed off to Siliguri then NJP train station where I was due to pick up my overnight train to Kolkata at 20:00.   Arrived with minimal complication, and even though the weather had been slowly heating up as we headed down ...

Are we ready?, Kolkata, India travel blog

Are we ready?

A travel blog entry by lucinate

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... , maybe more)!! It was disappointing but thankfully it was only 20 rupees. That was it basically. Our time in India was up. Freeda and Laurent were leaving Kolkata as well but still had some time in India whilst Davo and I would be on a bus in the ...

Send in the clowns...., Kolkata (Calcutta), India travel blog

Send in the clowns....

A travel blog entry by tomandcharlie

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... ! The whirlwind tour of India continues! We left Sri Lanka soaked through as the pouring rain continued. Before flying back to India we managed to spark a mini security alert - we arrived nice and early for our 2am flight (us, early... unbelievable I ...

Terrible trains & goodbye to India, Kolkata (Calcutta), India travel blog

Terrible trains & goodbye to India

A travel blog entry by jsnicka

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The last stop for me in India was Kolkata. It was more of a finishing point for the trip and didn't have that much to do, but I still had to get there. Lets put it this way: I left my hotel in Varanasi at 4pm and arrived at my hotel in Kolkata at 2:30pm ...

Calcutta, Kolkata, India travel blog

Calcutta

A travel blog entry by jennykelly

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... off the last little way to the sea Port of Haldia. This was where we would have to clean the campers for export out of India to where, we hadn't decided where yet. The Golden Retreat Hotel, Haldia was our hotel of choice for the reminder of our stay ...

Bangladesh to India...On a cycle rickshaw, Kolkata (Calcutta), India travel blog

Bangladesh to India...On a cycle rickshaw

A travel blog entry by hancocjb

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... . For eight days, a fellow volunteer and myself peddled a Bangladehi "vhan" across a third of southern Bangladesh, and into India to our final destination, Calcutta. We purchased a vhan which is a three wheeled cycle with a wooden flatbed commonly ...

Bangladesh to India...On a cycle rickshaw, Kolkata (Calcutta), India travel blog

Bangladesh to India...On a cycle rickshaw

A travel blog entry by hancocjb

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... . For eight days, a fellow volunteer and myself peddled a Bangladeshi "vhan" across a third of southern Bangladesh, and into India to our final destination, Calcutta. We purchased a vhan which is a three wheeled cycle with a wooden flatbed commonly ...

Welcome to Kolkata!, Kolkata (Calcutta), India travel blog

Welcome to Kolkata!

A travel blog entry by tracystravels

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... ) and wandered around a bit of the lobby and grounds before setting off into the rush and bustle of the streets of Kolkata.  Was approached by multitudes of store owners, beggers and touts wanting my business...I was polite then firm and able to ...

Can Someone Point Us To The Black Hole Please.., Kolkata, India travel blog

Can Someone Point Us To The Black Hole Please..

A travel blog entry by natandkat

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... and find the black hole. To say it (the city)wasn't what we were expecting is an understatement. I guess when anyone thinks of Kolkata they think; City of Joy, Mother Teresa, Slums and Lepers. Well it ain't like that no more apart from plenty of guys ...

Sights of Kolkata, Kolkata (Calcutta), India travel blog

Sights of Kolkata

A travel blog entry by nickiemoore

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...a pleasant surprise. Kolkata is regarded as India’s intellectual and cultural capital and compared to Delhi it was cultured indeed. In fact Kolkata was just how we’d imagined India’s capital city would look and feel. Immediately the ...

Black hole? You can say that again..., Kolkata, India travel blog

Black hole? You can say that again...

A travel blog entry by laurenandkris

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Some say that when you look beneath the noisy, dirty and poverty stricken exterior of Kolkata you will discover that it's reputation as one of the worst cities on Earth is undeserved. Maybe we didn't stay for long enough but I personally hope that the ...

24 hours of HELL and a  birthday!, Kolkata, India travel blog

24 hours of HELL and a birthday!

A travel blog entry by mills-mcshea

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... local modern art gallery, and finished up at Victoria Memorial which has a great display inside of the complete history of Kolkata (british to present). the memorial sits amongst beutiful gardens, which are unusually well kept for india. the memorial it ...

Oh my golly gosh!, Kolkata, India travel blog

Oh my golly gosh!

A travel blog entry by el_condor

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... safe to get around here. I'm travelling with a Kiwi girl, Amy from Taupo Bay, and we've both remarked on how comfortable Kolkata feels. The food is fantastic, and I am rapidly becoming a chai junkie. Very milky, very sweet, and always boiling hot, with ...

Culture and stomach shock, Kolkata, India travel blog

Culture and stomach shock

A travel blog entry by will

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... as BBD Bagh and the Writer's building, Eden Gardens, the old town hall, some Hooghly Ghats and Fort William. Everyone had told me India was disgusting, but from what I saw on my first day I would put it well ahead of Bangladesh in terms of cleanliness ...

Being SICK in Kolkata, Kolkata, India travel blog

Being SICK in Kolkata

A travel blog entry by bgleixner

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Kolkata was AMAZING ... a must see for any India visitor. The city is quite congested ... and the situation of the poor is hard to witness especially amongst all the richie rich upper class (caste) persons being trucked around in their private cars. I ...

Namaste everyone from calcutta (spelt ..., Kolkata, India travel blog

Namaste everyone from calcutta (spelt ...

A travel blog entry by worldismycanvas

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Namaste everyone from Calcutta (spelt KolKata here), India's friendliest city! We made it safe and sound here on Sunday morning and it seems like the 2-1/2 hour flight from Bangkok took us to yet another distant planet. Things are so different here and ...

lessons learned, Kolkata, India travel blog

lessons learned

A travel blog entry by pshemek

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... I am sitting in an internet cafe down a dark alley and up a set of steps that would make a Bronx crack den seem posh. Kolkata has barely seen any renovations since the British were kicked out of the country over 50 years ago. This city will all of its ...

Jasmine!, Kolkata (Calcutta), India travel blog

Jasmine!

A travel blog entry by jameybarrows

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... little English (probably owing to the more rural environment). This evening we toured Mother Theresa's Mission of Charity in downtown Kolkata. I felt extremely humbed, especially seeing the room where she lived and slept and wrote letters from '53 to ...

Welcome to India, Kolkata (Calcutta), India travel blog

Welcome to India

A travel blog entry by mightylongway

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... up to grab their goodies - quite a sight at 2 am. We were already apprehensive about what to expect in India after hearing so much. When we arrived in Kolkata at 2:30 am the sites and smells (stench) were beyond what we had ever imagined. Each ...

superstar, Kolkata, India travel blog

superstar

A travel blog entry by pshemek

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... . While loading our bags we met a fellow traveler who wanted to join us in our journey through the vehicle choked streets of Kolkata to Sudder St. The afternoon sun beat down on the pavement and metal as we sat tucked into our ancient yellow cab. ...

Kolkata me crazy, Kolkata (Calcutta), India travel blog

Kolkata me crazy

A travel blog entry by jameybarrows

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So, we'd heard in the beginning of the program that Kolkata's 5-star offerings would be the best- it's all true! We arrived at the hotel this morning to the smell of jasmine everywhere- if I open my mouth when I breathe I can actually taste the ...

Taking it to the streets, Kolkata (Calcutta), India travel blog

Taking it to the streets

A travel blog entry by jameybarrows

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... We rode the tram this morning to our first destination- the tram is a point of pride in Kolkata because it's the only functioning tram in India. Compared to the automobiles and even the rickshaws (men carting their passengers and cargo around by bicycle) ...

Kolkata...what a great City!, Kolkata (Calcutta), India travel blog

Kolkata...what a great City!

A travel blog entry by losbrowns

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After yet another night-train this time in AC 3-tier, we arrived in Kolkata. The capital of West Bengal was surprisingly clean and nice and we found it much more attractive than Delhi. A great city full of energy and charm. We recommend: - Sunflower ...

dropping anchor, Kolkata (Calcutta), India travel blog

dropping anchor

A travel blog entry by tofudan

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... the muslim minority in west bengal. the relationship between muslims and hindus has been known to become strained in various parts of india but here in west bengal the situation has the weight of partition hanging over it as well. bengal was sliced in ...

Finally, it's Goodbye, Kolkata, India travel blog

Finally, it's Goodbye

A travel blog entry by uncle_davros

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... hand them in, they closed the doors early. We tried to complain, but our words fell on deaf ears !!! So we had a walk around Kolkata instead. It was quite a clean place, hardly any dogs, no cows, loads of goats and not to many beggars. But I was still ...

Oh, Calcutta!, Calcutta (ok, Kolkata), India travel blog

Oh, Calcutta!

A travel blog entry by martin

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... so the monument was rather odd. I should have pointed out to him that without it and the surrounding gardens Calcutta (now renamed Kolkata) would be more of a dump than otherwise. As this place was the capital of British India until the 1930s there are ...

Commie Kolkata, Kolkata (Calcutta), India travel blog

Commie Kolkata

A travel blog entry by uncle_davros

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... is the longest running democratically elected communist state in the world !!! And now back to the story.   Kolkata   Yes we are both here, back in India for the fourth time. Actually, it was good to be back, this time without the after ...

Night on the town, Kolkata (Calcutta), India travel blog

Night on the town

A travel blog entry by jameybarrows

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I just enjoyed a remarkable evening- the Fulbright officer who led our Kolkata tour, Dr. Sunrit Mullick, invited our group to his home for musical entertainment and dinner with many of his neighbors. On our way to his apartment building, we visited a ...

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