Kolkata, India

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** KOLKATA, INDIA **

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    A_Yannasan
    19 Nov 2019
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    My first visit to India and honestly it has left me a bit scarred. I choose to focus on affordability because I believe it is overall and good thing to know. I took Uber everywhere I went to and it was easy to use and affordable. Airport to my Airbnb was less than $5 for a 35 minute ride, similar from Airbnb to Park St area. Airbnb for 6 people was only $48 a night, clean and friendly host which all I needed since we were only there for one night. Street food was easily available, not like I indulged but a local who helped me with some shopping definitely did and everything was under $2. I had a bit of shopping to do as my reason for visiting India was for a wedding. I purchased 3 saris and a lehenga and spent approximately $100. Overall a cheap place for an adventure.

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    Elcidjarhead
    06 Aug 2019
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    Kolkata-Bengal Country!!!! This will be an all-inclusive post. India is my most visited country and I have been to Kolkata four times. India in my opinion is the most unique country there is. Japan being the second. The rich culture, food, and people make India an experience you will never forget. Rememeber India was under British rule for quite some type and the architecture is still present. Is it crowded? Yes. Is it in your face noise, smells, and etc.? Yes. Bottomline is that you need to travel with an open-mind to really appreciate how it all works and embrace it. Kolkata is probably the most austere environment of all the cities I have visited in India. Let’s get into it! Things to do/see-1. Victoria memorial. The entrance fee is about 200 rupees(INR)=3USD. Go in and check out the museum and walk the grounds. This is a very picturesque place and the grounds are a prime place for you to hang out and relax on the lawn. During my last trip I saw an influx of backpackers hanging around. You can spot Tower 42 from here. It is a residential building and the tallest in Kolkata, maybe India. 2. St. Paul’s Cathedral is cool looking church not too far that is photo worthy but i did not go in. 3. Indira Gandhi statue is close by the memorial. Just ask a local. Indians speak english and are very friendly. If you are hungry you can stop by Fire and Ice for pizza. It is very good. I will get into local cuisine later. 4. Howrah Bridge. Take boat ride across because you can get better photos and then walk back across utilizing the bridge. The uniqueness of the bridge is that is constructed of rivets and something-trying to remember and not use google. You can see a very cool flower market from the bridge and the beautiful colors on display. So cool. Before i forget. if you walk from the Memorial you can eyeball the Kolkata Knight riders cricket venue. 5. Tirreti bazaar/market. Embrace for impact of the hustle and bustle. If you are people photographer you are about to make a career here. trust! The best time to visit os in the morning while people are rushing for work and enjoying unique breakfast dishes here. 6. Dakshineswar Kali Temple. I made it here late so I did not go in. It is a very uniquely designed temple. I have a picture on my instagram of it. 7. College Street. This place is amazing!!! Imagine going to a market for your school books. There are sooo many stands for students to bargain and purchase their books for university at here. 8. Mother’s house. That’s right. The place where Mother Theresa lived is here and you can visit it. Very cool. 9. New Market and Indian museum. They are very close to each other. this market is very cool and filled people. 10. The Oberoi hotel. I mention this place now because it is the upper echelon of hotels and nested in the New Market. Have drinks here and relax at the end of the evening. 11. Eco Park!!! If you ever wanted to visit the seven wonders of the world here is your chance. A replica of a version of the seven (Chichen Itza is not here-the Easter Island statues are). Walk around and chill. It is pretty cool. Nightlife-One place, PARK STREET! Visit the Park Hotel, Someplace else, Roxy and Tantra. They are all in the same place. It is not Paceville in Malta, Wnywood art District in Miami or DIFC Dubai but will suffice. Food- Everything you need is on Park street and Decker’s Lane! Most travelers cannot handle Indian food and will get sick. I have only been sick one in eight visits and have eaten off the street (Delhi not Kolkata). Tirreti Bazaar is a good place for local, Tibet, and Chinese dishes. Yes, Chinese. There is a pretty good amount of Chinese in Kolkata and they all speak the local language. Where to stay-Oberoi and Taj Bengal are the only places I have been. They are pricey but worth it for comfort and relaxation. Getting around-UBER!!! Just open the app and look at the price and negotiate with a taxi that is right there. Show him the price and pay a little extra since you will not be waiting. There are no Tuk Tuks in Kolkata. Flights-My flight was a direct one from Abu Dhabi with Etihad when I lived there. Emirates offers good flights. Air India is probably the cheaper option. I will walk 7-13 miles when I travel so bring water from the hotel and a small towel to wipe your face and neck. Just DM me on instagram if you have questions.-@elcidjarhead. Enjoy the World’s largest democracy.

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