Hotel Hindusthan International Kolkata
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Two flights, 6181.9km as the kasuku flies and here we are, down town Kolkata! It is hot and humid with intermittent heavy showers. Didn't think it'd be quite like the UK but the first thing I suggested was to buy some umbrellas. There's evidence of the British Raj everywhere. First stop was the Victoria memorial built in honour of You-Know-Who as a …
... effort to show us the city, this wasn’t what we signed up for! We had only asked to stay at the Homestay, and would have been more than happy spending our days wandering the city in our own time. However…Rupak wasn’t easily persuaded by a simple ‘no thank you.’
So off we went across the city again, feeling much safer on the big bus than in an autorickshaw, though somehow we also weaved in and out ...
... you off so I will address its relevance. There are of course so many stories from Friday night's adventures but this one seems appropriate. One man, about 30, who we have befriended to a certain extent has been seen both Friday and Saturday nights wearing skinny jeans a concept that blows most of our minds. I will be honest and say that I do wear jeans out on some nights but that is because I know I will be in air conditioned spaces for most of my evening. The ...
... I watch an old woman for 20 minutes and count the rupees she receives, she is earning at least as much an office worker and way more than a laborer. With the millions that are passing traffic she only requires a rupee every few minutes.
We go back to Mahabs and Purbas house in Salt City. They bought the flat about 30 years ago when there were still rice fields around them. Now it’s a pleasant suburb 40 mins from Kolkata’s centre, its quiet ...
... restaurants. Everyone seems to mention poverty when they talk about Kolkata and, while the image of desperately poor families living on the pavements is accurate, there is a strong middle-class presence here, more than anywhere else I'd visited in India.
It sounds a tad cliche, but the contrast between the rich and poor really was striking. Standing on the same side of the street you would get very obviously wealthy people queuing to get into a fancy ...
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- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility