We started our journey at Delhi and travel to Pushkar-Jaipur-Agra-Mathura-Vrindavan-Haridwar-Rishikesh-Mussoorie-Ayodhya-Allahabad-Varanasi-Sarnath-Bodhgaya-Gaya. In total we traveled 1600kms, visited 13 towns in 18 days.
Our next destination is Kolkata, which is final destination in our India trip.
I was really shocked of the street scenes, the whole environment was totally different, compare with other cities in India. People were living on sidewalks, bathing and doing what not by the sideways filled with gutters and filth. The whole city seemed to be in a time wrap, late by 40 years. I was very sad, after witness the sufferings of people here.
According to history, around 1950s Kolkata was most developed city, compare with Mumbai and Delhi. Kolkata had it all, tram, first underground train, first bank, top university, efficient civic administration and so on. Furthermore, also had a long history of producing top peoples; Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, Swami Vivekananda, Rabindranath Tagore, Satyendranath Bose and Jagadish Chandra Bose. With all the great achievements, it always puzzling me what really went wrong.
As we explore the city, I realised that Kolkata is unique and people here does things in its own unique way and creative on their own way. I have to say that, ordinary people cannot survive here, one need to be intelligent to survive in this chaotic city.
After explore the city, we visit Kalighat temple; famous temple of mother Goddess Kali. Our driver advice us not to bring any valuables to the temple, even camera. The temple environment was “happening”, crowded and chaotic but it was heavenly experience. The spiritual energy was very strong. The only problem is the priests and the nearby shopkeepers that try to take advantage of us to make money.
Not far from our hotel is Howrah Bridge. We walked on the bridge and watch the people crossing it in all manner of vehicles and on foot. For me it is one of the 7 wonders of India because it was build without any nuts and bolts.
Due to constraint of time we couldn’t visit other attractions. There is more to see and explore in Kolkata. Definitely I will visit Kolkata again.