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Old 27th September 2010, 22:25   #46
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Nice pictures; keep them coming...
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Old 27th September 2010, 22:55   #47
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MC, you could have at least tried to get a pic of your chauffeur?!
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MileCruncher, you have evoked lots of nostalgia for train travel! That train journey looks a lovely experience.
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Old 28th September 2010, 09:48   #49
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MC, you could have at least tried to get a pic of your chauffeur?!
I knew this was coming, so took the chauffer's picture for all further modesof travel
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Old 29th September 2010, 16:26   #50
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MC, excellent journey so far. Eagerly waiting for the next segment, including your encounter with the striped one.
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Old 10th October 2010, 19:04   #51
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We reached Kolkata on 12th September evening amidst heavy downpour & trademark Kolkata water logging and were picked up by fellow TBHPian btirthankar. Thanks Tirthankar for helping us throughout our stay. Our primary aim in Kolkata was to eat, sleep and shop in that particular order. We did visit Bar – B – Queue, Someplace Else, Flurrys and Bedouin amongst various places to satiate our taste buds and boy what a treat it was.

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Old 11th October 2010, 09:03   #52
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Anirudh,
Nice pics. of interiors.
Is Flurrys the famous bakery in Calcutta?
Also awaiting some from the wildside.
Regards,
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Is Flurrys the famous bakery in Calcutta?
Yes, Flury's is one of the two famous bakeries of Calcutta. The other one being Nahoum's.

MC:
Awesome start to your trip report. Eagerly awaiting further photos from the 'Abad'.
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Old 13th October 2010, 14:25   #54
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Nice pics and narration. Please keep posting.
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Old 25th October 2010, 12:07   #55
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MC, a soft remainder. We are still to get a detailed report of the Sunderbans (your last update was 15 days back) come back and complete it. So desperate i was to see the sunderbans and the mighty beast, that i went all the way upto page 4 of the TL's to look for this thread.

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Old 25th October 2010, 13:13   #56
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We are still to get a detailed report of the Sunderbans (your last update was 15 days back)
+1 to that. I guess it's not just the Royal Bengal Tiger that's elusive!
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Old 26th October 2010, 04:21   #57
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Even though wifey has visited Kolkata quite a few times before but has never seen Indian Museum and Victoria Memorial, the two major historical landmarks as per me. Since I was trying my luck with sourcing a used telephoto lens for the Sundarbans, me and Tirthankar headed to the electronics market behind Metro Cinema, while Bidisha and her cousin went into Indian Museum.

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We were supposed to meet up outside the Museum in about an hour’s time but not finding wifey around the designated hour and also not being able to reach them (the place has jammers hence mobiles don’t work most of the time), I made my way in after almost a gap of 17 years. The place does have some real good exhibits and needs much more PR to make it amongst the must do things in Kolkata.
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Old 26th October 2010, 04:41   #58
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I have through the years read and heard lots of anecdotes about “The Coffe House” on College Street, a place that since long has held a pivotal place in the evolution of culture and politics of Bengal.


And what better time than early afternoon to head out there. College Street was a mess with the sidewalks overflowing with book stalls and young student having his shot at being a soap box orator
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The Coffee House was usual overflowing with students and we enjoyed the setting and the animated discussions going on in the background.
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Oh, the Mutton Chop and Mughlai Paratha are very good too.

Finally we head back home to pack up for our trip to Sunderbans early morning the next day
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Calcutta is probably the only city that still has that old world charm. Pic 703 aptly reflects the laid-backness the folks enjoy there. Nice pics Ani! I am eagerly waiting for the entire episodes, including your encounter with the striped one, to unfold!
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Old 6th November 2010, 15:17   #60
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Sundarbans being a large area has multiple entry points like Canning, Sonakhali, Basanti et al depending upon your mode of transport from Kolkata. We had gone to the WBTDC Head Office in Dalhousie to enquire about the best way to reach Sajnekhali Tourist Lodge which is actually inside the perimeter of Sundarban National Park and where we were booked for 3D/2N. The suggested by WBTDC HO was as follows:
  1. Take Calcutta State Transport Corp direct bus to Basanti from Babu Ghat.
  2. From Basanti take an auto to Godhkhali (aka Gosaba Ghat).
  3. From Godhkhali take a ferry boat to Gosaba Bazaar.
  4. Local Transfer from Gosaba Bazaar to Pakhirala
  5. From Pakhirala take a ferry to Sajnekhali.
The below map will give you an idea of where we had to reach from Kolkata.
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The net is also pretty vague about various route options. But there are quite a lot of packaged tours for 1N/2D or3D/2N. I guess not many people venture on their own for a Sundarban escapade. So there we were not very sure on how to make this journey but fully determined to have a wonderful experience. And boy we weren’t disappointed with what all got thrown to us.
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