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After India's Independence day 15 Aug 13 en route to Burdwan where we did little other than shower and go out for a lovely meal in a dry (no beer) restaurant we set off for Calcutta now known as Kolkata and a final chance to use the truck seats on the roof. We leave the truck here for another group to pick up and return to Istanbul and we fly to …
... the food. There was a bit of role reversal as Femmy immersed herself in the local cuisine and Ruth had beans on toast.
After an interesting first few days in India, we planned to go to a national park in the hope of seeing tigers. We purchased a train ticket which cost us the equivalent of 5 pounds each, marveled at the price (as the journey was in excess of 24 hours and was a sleeper) and prepared to move on. This was where the fun began.....
... back to Sudder Street, we would have lunch (usually the yummy fish masala) and then either chill together or go do something touristy. On our last day volunteering, like everyone who leaves, after breakfast all the volunteers & sisters sang a thank you/goodbye song to us, it was chessy but also quite emotional and gave Muthy goosebumps and a little tear. We could have stayed in Kolkata for ages and hopefully one day we will go back and volunteer for longer.
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TravelPod Member ReviewsAstoria Hotel Kolkata (Calcutta)
We stayed at the hotel mainly because friends of ours had booked there. We took a double for 1890 + tax and for that we got a large room but very rundown and dirty. It had an old AC, an TV that has bad reception and therefor was unwatchable, a small fridge that was OK (nothing in it though) and plenty of hot water (in the rundown and dirty bathroom).
Breakfast included and it was OK.
Really dirty common areas and corridors.
I wouldn't recommend anyone to stay here unless they drop the price to less then a 1000 rupees and even then, just barely.
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