Rupasi Bangla Hotel
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... of the storming of the fort. The whole incident was used the year after to retaliate, kill the Bengali leader and take control of the area...
Finally we were off to the Victoria monument which was unfortunately closed, but the outside is huge and grand and finished 15 years after her death!
The tour ended on a bit of a damp squib, the guide was going to take us somewhere with good authentic food for lunch, but some people just wanted to go back to the ...
... cacophony at all times of the day, anywhere in the city). We were surrounded by small shops and houses spilling out into the street, piles of rubbish everywhere and an endless spider-web of open-air cabling - all giving the impression it might collapse at any second into the street. As we rode the smell shifted from over-powering incenses, to glorious food cooking, to sewage and everything in-between. It was a giddying introduction to India and an assault ...
Landed in Kolkata with lot of anticipation and anxiety which was obvious to all others as the flight was full of Bongs getting back home for festivities. I looked a bit more like a tourist with a camera in hand as soon as the flight was air borne. Got into conversation with my co passengers who were also creative folks, one interested in photography and other a painter. All of us avid travellers caught with routine jobs and have dreams to travel across the globe...slash ...
... hours. It was all very sad. Patrick and I agreed that both of us were lucky as we now thought we were the intended targets. Maybe as Patrick was awake and I had my smaller case with my valuables on the top bunk against the wall, was what had saved us. It soon transpired the railway ticket collector had vanished at the same stop that the gang made their escape, so everyone thought he was involved and told the police accordingly. All this was little comfort to ...
... only 5 minutes with some basic questions and that was it.
We received our Visa the following week i.e. after 6-7 working days.
Yippeee....its time for some shopping and final planning for our trip!!
My next entry will cover just that. but before that will give you some insights for obtaining Schengen Visa and why you need to have booking details and itinerary for at least one more Country other than that of your Port of Entry.
Till then...Signing Off..