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December 11, 2014
IMPHAL to KOLKATA (CALCUTTA) – Indigo Air
Hotel Saad 1800 Rs incl tax
Noon - Auto rickshaw to Impahl airport (250 Rs)
2:55 pm -4:13 pm Imphal to Kolkata flight
Prepaid taxi to Hotel Saad (280Rs)
Not Our Fault
We traveled to the Imphal Airport in style, in an auto rickshaw we hailed in front of our hotel. We ate a lot of exhaust fumes and dust but ...
... as they will mean different things to different people and there are some places which I would personally vote to include as additional wonders of the world such as Angkor Wat, but that's by the by! The Taj Mahal is quite simply, breathtakingly beautiful. We entered the Taj complex at the east gate, which being identical to the south and west gates was not a unique entrance, but all three create building gravitas as you proceed to the inner gate - you know the best is yet to come! As ...
... the bus came for us in about 10 minutes. Well that was a long ten minutes (45 minutes to be exact) at that pole, with only Indian men around waiting to haul things they shipped in blankets tied up with ropes for luggage. We were approached by a few men in similar shirt colors and vests like the official airport staff with lanyards and clip boards to boot. They were trying to sell us a hotel night at the domestic terminal and when I refused, they kept bugging us, ...
... Church of North India - a united church which is part of the Anglican Communion. Architecture of Church is beautiful and it is a peaceful place to be.
After spending some peaceful time at Church, I came back to my foot ride to explore more :)
Then after talking to locals and following instructions reached the market area on Lindsay Street called "New Market" aka "Sir Stuart Hogg Market". There is historic clock tower at one end of the market that gives the market an ...
... hours of the day. If you think London is polluted, you have no idea. The sun never shines brightly, it is always dampened by this thick smoggy grey cloud of fumes and carbon dioxide. At night it is clearly visible through the lights and it really makes you stop and think about pollution like you're unlikely to do in say Basingstoke or wherever. It's all very well when you're in the finer places in England, you'd really never notice it unless the car in front of you is smoking ...