Thursday, 3 April 2014

C for Calcutta

I visited Calcutta in Oct 2006. It was extremely hot and humid, worse than where I come from (Madras and no, it's not M for Madras or may be?) and the traffic was beyond anyone's imagination. It was just madness. I was hosted there by a couch surfing member (yes yes I used to actively couch surf then) and we did the one-day Calcutta darshan - visited the mandatory Victoria memorial, St Paul's Cathedral, Belur Mutt etc etc.

What stood out the most about Calcutta for me were 2 things - 1. The food. Simply amazing. Especially a restaurant called Bhojo Hari Manna. Don't miss it, even if you are a pure vegetarian like me. 2. The old world charm, especially in the cobblestoned alleys that sort of took me back to the pre-independence era and the tram rides.

What I hated the most was the traffic and had to leave at least 3 hours ahead if I wanted to reach somewhere on time.

Wishlist: Cambodia, Cyprus Canada

St Paul's Cathedral

Victoria Memorial

Goddess Kali, ready for immersion after the Chat pooja

Vijaya Chandra Setu ( a cousin of the Howrah bridge)

Netaji Subash Chandra Bose's residence and the car that he used to escape from the British. And I don't look like that now. :) 

Dakshineshwar Kali Mandir



12 comments:

  1. Lovely post. I have fond memories of Calcutta too.

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  2. i always wanted t go to Calcutta during Durga Puja times..Its been a long long wish

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  3. In an ideal world K for Kolkatta - aamader Kolkatta :)

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  4. Hey yes Kolkata is also in my wish list esp after watching Kahaani movie :) Durga pujo is so livley and vibrant :)

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  5. Calcutta - The City of joy :) Loved the pictures! :)

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  6. Never been there...may be one day :) - Jenz

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  7. I have been to Calcutta a couple of times but I always felt I need to go there during Durga Puja. One of my favorite memories of Calcutta remains the kathi rolls
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  8. So many places are on my wish list to visit, and India is one of them.

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  9. I remember my visit to calcutta.. It was so lovely :) And i particularly loved this resturant called 'Banana leaf resturant' :)

    Swathi

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  10. I'm sure you look much prettier now and it's a shame that we haven't still met in the real. Again, some day . . . And I'm still to visit Didi's place to complete the metros' visit. Looking forward to seeing this place soon.

    Joy always,
    Susan

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  11. Calcutta, heard lots about it... not sure whether I would want to visit, cities and crowded places.... and the traffic... not appealing.

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Travel along and let me know what you think :)