Cows in the street
The Hindus consider the cows in India as holy and they are allowed to freely roam the cities whatever traffic around. This looks strange to foreigners, but you will get used to it. It is always like that everywhere you go. The hindus believe the cows are wise and show a motherly calm.
Rabindra Sarovar Lake of Ballygunje
This is one of the lungs of Kolkata city, but the condition of the lake and the environment is in dilapidated condition. The visit to the lake is highly refreshing but the slum dwellers settled all over the lake has made it an open air public toilet and washing lake. Any time of the day, one can notice that tons of clothes are being washed, people bath with soaps, the pathways are very dirty and smells badly. Though , there are several posh clubs located with in the lake, like Calcutta Rowing Club, The Lake Club, The University Rowing Club, The Anderson Swimming club no one has come forward to keep it clean. The lake is full of Hyacinth, the gardens are dirty, the seats are broken or fully occupied by vagabonds, rug pickers. In the evening time when the night falls, it turns out in to a den of criminals. There is no serious effort by Calcutta police or Kolkata Municipal Corporation to keep it clean or vice free. Only a hand picked of policemen are seen in the evening time, who continuously harass the couples either for sitting close or sitting late.
In the early 1920s, the Calcutta Improvement Trust (CIT), a body responsible for developmental work in the Kolkata metropolitan area, acquired about 192 acres (0.78 km2) of marshy jungles. Their intention was to develop the area for residential use – improving the roads, raising and levelling some of the adjacent land and building lakes and parks. Excavation work was undertaken with the plan of creating a huge lake. Originally known as Dhakuria Lake, in May 1958, CIT renamed the lake as Rabindra Sarovar, as a tribute to the great Bengali writer and Nobel Laureate, Rabindranath Tagore.
Buses of Calcutta are the cheapest mode of travel, not only compared to the other transport modes in the city but also in comparison to any transportation mode in any Indian city. A bus ticket for major distances within the city would cost you around Rs. 4.50 to Rs. 8, depending upon the distance. There are also chartered buses for some routes, which will cost you between Rs. 10 to Rs. 20. However, a word of caution here, the buses of Kolkata are well known for their rash driving. So while boarding on or boarding off, please take care. The driver might be in a hurry.
There are several ones...
There are several ones providing different kind of cuisine.
For Authentic Bengali cuisine one should try
Kewpie's, Aheli and also suruchi.
There are several good places serving good
Mughlai dishes - Shiraj,Royal to name a few.
For chinese food one should head for the China town - Tangra - Good Restuarants are - Kim Ling, Kafulok,
Kim Fa and Beijing.
One can just go to park street where there are number of good Restuarants serving all kinds of cuisine.
Chinese Food Made by Chinese for Chinese!!!
In our quest for better Chinese food we discovered this place Shun Li ( smooth Sailing) yesterday. We got the tip from Mr.Star Zinkojai, Vice President, Holcim Thailand, who is right now posted at Kolkata with our co.
The restaurant is run by Matthew Chen and his sister Mitchell Wong. They cater mostly to the Chinese people, who live there and visiting foreigners. The food is cooked by Mitchell and her Mother. So the taste is just great and very authentic Chinese above all this place is not very crowded so you can just order our food and relax. It will be better if you leave the choice to Matthew.
We became very friendly and we also invited them to have Bengali food with us some day. We had Spinach Curry from Hakka region, vegetable Prawn, Choi sui fish, Mixed noodle with gravy, Plain Rice and washed it down with Black Label beer. the food was too much for us and we had to bring back some of the delicay back home.
The food was simply superb compared to other places of Tangra, we had chinese Food. we have decided to visit this place again and again.