Monday, August 12, 2013

2013 Tour of Kolkata

This year we landed in Kolkata, purely because our Colombo flights were cancelled. Despite not knowing the local language and prevailing monsoon season, we managed to visit this oldest city in India, which used to be the capital before Delhi.

3/4 of the gang on train, Don on private limo.

 This is how typically Kolkata is, not much different from other Indian cities

We were amused by the vegetarian symbol found on Carlsberg bottle, in an all vege restaurant.

The gang!

Checking the map before walking, around 200 meters away!

Fire safety at hotel, is HUGE!

Kalighat Kali Temple

With your friendly neighborhood terrorist!

Typical snacks found all over Kolkata, mini pooris with dahl, eaten on stacked 'leave plate'.

The ward of negative energy, hang this around (not on your neck).

Inside a 'food stall', waiting for Pandit with our hotel manager.

Food stall interior, eat at your own risk.

The gang waiting.

After visiting Kalighat Kali temple & Mother (Theresa) House

Monsoon season at Kolkata

A very beautiful cathedral.

Victoria's Memorial

Belur Math (Ramakrishna Math & Mission) along the Ganges river. We ended up here without any plans, I believe its for a reason. Photography is strictly prohibited, but somehow I got permission to shoot the place, after blessings from the VP Swami Smarananandaji.

Dakshineswar Kali temple

The gang at Dakshineswar Kali temple

Reenactment of a stupid fight scene between a local and temple guard.

Flying poori dough into hot pan, open kitchen.

Open kitchen, in front of the shops.

Ancestral home of the Swami Vivekananda.

A very brief visit to this place got me interested to read and know more about the great Swami Vivekananda.

The majestic Vidyasagar Setu bridge across great Ganges river. This shot took 2 hours to compose and shoot, as there many boats plying under the bridge, it took me many shots before getting the right timing with no boats in frame.

The shops are raided by these 2!

Bengali cotton materials.

Waiting for tea ordered by Shan at the only Chennai Dhaba (stall)

Tambi waiting for tea.

Innum konjam, Cheers!

And now for the food exploration ...



Good chinese food found in Kolkata

Lamb briyani!!

Chicken, lamb & prawn briyani with chicken tikka butter masala.


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