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    World’s second largest Stadium!

    by mamtap Written Apr 30, 2014

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    Favorite thing: Opened in 1984 and home ground of East Bengal Club, Mohun Bagan Athletic Club and Mohammedan Sporting Club, Salt Lake Stadium, in Kolkata (India) is the second biggest stadium in the world with a capacity of 120,000 seats.

    It is also called as Yuva Bharati Krirangan.

    More here : http://soccerlens.com/largest-football-stadiums/36427/

    Fondest memory: It is the largest stadium in India. Football is the main sport in this stadium.

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    Shud try while in Kolkata!!

    by mamtap Written Mar 12, 2014

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    Rasogolla

    Favorite thing: Well...in my homepage,I said tht I miss Rasogolla when I am far from Kolkata...n maybe u people r in confusion tht WHT IS THT?So guys I'll tell u wht is rasogolla.It's an indian dessert made from paneer (soft cow's milk cheese), formed into balls, soaked in a cardamom-spiced sugar syrup, and served cold with the syrup and a touch of rosewater, and chopped pistachios. And if u r tryin to make it urself please keep in mind tht don make the balls big coz they r double then their size when soaked in the sugar syrup...n ya...don forget to invite me...ha ha.

    Fondest memory: Bengali dessert 'Rosogolla'!

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    "Kolkata (Calcutta)~~Important No.s"

    by mamtap Written Nov 6, 2013

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    Favorite thing: Country Code: +91 State Capital: Kolkata STD Code: 033

    Police Control Room 100
    Lalbazar Control Room 22350230, 22155000-01
    West Bengal Police 22215415, 22215486
    G.R.P. Sealdah 23503940
    G.R.P. Howrah 26602508

    Roadways Information (Long Distance):

    Calcutta State Transport Corporation 22481916
    North Bengal State Transport Corporation 23561687, 22430736
    South Bengal State Transport Corporation 22481731, 22486259
    Calcutta Tramways Company 22482681, 22481731
    West Bengal State Transport Corporation 24116382, 24116388

    Railway Information:

    General Manager (Eastern Railway) 22207596
    Secretary to General Manager 22209088
    Assistant Commercial Manager (Fairlie) 22202201
    Assistant Commercial Manager (Koilaghata) 22484503
    General Manager (S.E. Railway) 24393532
    Secretary to General Manager 24392724
    Assistant Commercial Manager (Reservation) 22489494
    Howrah 26607412, 26603542
    Howrah (New Complex) 26602217
    Sealdah 23503535, 23503537
    Central 1331, 1310, 22203545
    Reservation (Eastern) 136, 137, 138
    Reservation (South Eastern) 22480257

    Airlines Information:

    Indian Airlines 22360730, 22364433
    Airport (General Enquiry) 140, 25119637
    Flight Arrival 142
    Flight Departure 25119841, 143
    Reservation Enquiry 141, 25119638

    Tourism Information:

    Tourist Bureau, West Bengal 22488271, 22488273
    I.T.D.C. (Government of India) 22821402, 22821475
    West Bengal Government Secretariat
    Writers Building 22355601, 22353371
    New Secretariat 22486271

    Ambulance:

    St. Johns Ambulance (H.Q.) 22485277
    Calcutta Municipal Corporation (Ambulance) 22392232, 22392233
    Fire 101, 22440101, 22441063

    Hospital:

    S.S.K.M. Hospital (P.G.) 22236026, 22236242
    Calcutta Medical College 22414901, 22414904
    B.M.Birla Heart Research Centre 24567001, 24567005
    Belle View Nursing Home 22477473, 22472321
    Kothari Medical Centre & Research Institute 24567050, 24792561
    Calcutta Hospital and Medical Research 24567700, 24791805
    Woodland 24567079, 24567076
    R.K.M. Seva Pratisthan (Sishu Mangal) 24753636, 24753638
    R.K. Kar Medical College & Hospital 25557676, 25557656
    N.R.S. Medical College and Hospital 22443212, 22443217
    Peerless Hospital 24622394, 24622462

    Accommodation Information :

    State Government Guest House (Kyd.Street) 22297463
    State Government Circuit House (Hugeford St.) 22405242
    Great Eastern Hotel 22482311
    Oberoi Grand 22492323
    Taj Bengal 22233939
    Hotel Hindustan International 22472394
    Airport Ashoka 25519111
    Kenilworth Hotel 22823403
    Park hotel 22493121
    Peerless Inn 22280301
    Astor Hotel 22829950
    Fairlawn Hotel 22451510
    Hotel Rut Deen 22476911
    Lytton Hotel 22491881
    Hotel Shalimar 22285030
    Hotel Ananda Bhawan 22374014
    Hotel Saptarshi 24405420

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    Tagor House Impression on me

    by sahita7 Written Mar 26, 2011

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    Favorite thing: I will never forget the moment of love & Spirtuality that I have experienced in Tagor house.
    even by watching on hiscloths, his chair, his Pictures or even it is better to say even by looking at any Brike of his House . I could feel his presence. I dont know what was the meaninig of that song but believe it or not. it took me easily to Heaven.

    when I came to my self I saw I was crying Silently & walking floor & room of his house.

    it is so pity we dont have this great man in this world now & I`m Proude that once he was invited to Iran by one of our Former Kings "Shah Reza Shah Pahlavi" of Iran as a personal guest.

    I felt so proud by watching the picture of him in my Country in his photo Gallery. here is one of his photos in iran that I found through net.

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    The streets of Kolkata

    by georeiser Written May 16, 2010

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    The streets of Kolkata
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    Fondest memory: The streets of Kolkata are busy, like it is in most of the cities in India. But it seams to be more accepted with human povered rickshaws and people sitting/sleeping in the streets. The chaotice atmosphere is the charm of Kolkata.

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    Changing money in Kolkata

    by georeiser Written May 16, 2010

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    Money change receipt, Kolkata
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    Fondest memory: Whenever you change money in Kolkata you have to declare the transaction on a receipt. They call it an encashment certificate. "We hereby certify that we have purchased today foreign currency... bla, bla...", and you have to show your passport, write down passport number, name and sign the letter. Bureaucracy!

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    Cows in the street

    by georeiser Written May 16, 2010

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    Cows in the street of Kolkata

    Fondest memory: 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.

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    Ambassador Classic Cars

    by georeiser Written May 16, 2010

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    Ambassador Classic in Kolkata
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    Fondest memory: Ambassador Classic ("The king of Indian roads") is a car manufactured by Hindustan Motors of India. It has been in production since 1948 with few modifications or changes. And you really feel it when you enter the car. The car is a slow rattletrap with bad brakes. I felt unsecure in the car. Nearly all the taxis in Kolkata were Ambassador Classics.

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    Hidden Treasure in Kolkata

    by lynnehamman Updated Mar 5, 2009

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    Palatial Residence for Raj Era

    Favorite thing: Kolkata has so many hidden 'gems' of architecural and historic value.One has to look beyond the grimy shopfronts in the crowded narrow lanes in order to suddenly spot a beautiful archway, or graceful latticed marble balcony. The city was known as 'The City of Palaces' because of its palatial homes. Most are still there, but modernity has encrouched, and their once magnificent gardens have been turned into parking areas and hawker stalls.
    In Sudder Street, which is THE back-packer paradise of Kolkata- there stands a wonderful marble bust of Rabindranath Tagore- Kolkata's favourite son. It is covered with dust and bird droppings, and has not seen a clean in ages. I spotted it quite by chance. One would hope that these sort of monuments would be looked after.
    Unfortunately- we came upon many examples of such neglect and decay in Kolkata. The only possible conclusion that I could come to is that maybe Kolkatans have other priorities. Its a very tough city, with an overloaded infrastructure and population.
    We bought a wonderful book in Park Street, at the Oxford Bookstore, which is a guide to walking in Kolkata. I suggest that the purchase of this book will make your visit to Kolkata that much more memorable. We certainly found it to be invaluable.
    A Jaywalker's Guide to Calcutta- by Soumitra Das will take you on an unimaginable adventure, and you will see the other side of the city, when it was really The City of Palaces.

    Fondest memory: I miss the energy and vibrancy of this city- there is something new to discover around every crowded corner and in every mysterious narrow lane.

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  • Common Sense - Never Leave Home Without It

    by vpalexander Written Feb 20, 2008
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    Favorite thing: "A characteristic feature of Kolkata is the para or neighbourhoods having a strong sense of community. Typically, every para has its own community club with a clubroom and often, a playing field. People here habitually indulge in adda or leisurely chat, and these adda sessions are often a form of freestyle intellectual conversation. The city has a tradition of political graffiti depicting everything from outrageous slander to witty banter and limericks, caricatures to propaganda."

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kolkata#Culture

    The idea of a para is not alien to most of us, but to see it so strongly evident can sometimes be almost unnerving. The sensible traveler will recognize and respect certain boundaries when encountered. Generally this so-sensible meanderer will keep to areas where tourists are commonplace, or at least nothing out of the ordinary. But every so often our curiosity will take us places where both good and bad things can happen - more likely the latter. Being somewhat of a professional at wandering in places I have no business being, I can assure you that it is basic human nature almost all of the time to extend the benefit of the doubt. It probably has to do with our civilization-over-aggression compulsion to avoid conflict, or maybe the fact I look like a harmless, bumbling idiot. Regardless, people seem very forgiving in general. Until your luck runs out, anyway.

    Either you are a proper tourist, or you're going to do what you're going to do anyway. May the gods protect us both. :)

    Fondest memory: Well...truthfully...I've never been there.

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    Coconut Vendors, coconut- god's gift !!!

    by goutammitra Updated Dec 9, 2007

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    A Coconut Vendor opp. Ferry Station.
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    Favorite thing: Like in any other country West Bengal also has lot of Coconut available. This coconut vendor is like many other 100s of vendors in and around Kolkata sells coconut for very cheap. In Kolkata you will get coconut in almost every corner of the city, price is about Rs.5 to Rs.6/- about 20Cents.

    Just try this. It is really the best gift of God.

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    Nepal visa fee

    by shintarojon Written Jul 25, 2006

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    Favorite thing: (date visited : July 24, 2006)

    Tourist Visa- single entry (valid for 6 months and can stay in Nepal for 2 months)

    Visa fee - 1,500 rupees
    1. Original passport
    2. Photocopy of passport
    3. 1 Picture
    4. Application form

    Nepal Consulate
    No. 1, National Library Ave.
    Alipore Road, Kolkata 700027
    Tel. # 33479117

    Opens from 9 a.m. - 4. p.m. daily

    Traveller's note:

    I was able to get my visa for just 10 minutes after giving all the necessary requirements. I was asked if it is my first time to travel in Nepal and I said yes then they immediately put the sticker in my passport and that's it!!!

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    Exchange rate

    by shintarojon Updated Jul 25, 2006

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    Favorite thing: (date visited : July 24, 2006)

    100 US $ = R 4,625.00 (as of July 24, 2006)

    Pallavi Agarwalla
    Foreign Money Changers

    Address : 23A Netaji Subhas Road,
    5th Floor, Room # 7A
    (Opposite. Coal Bhawan)
    Kolkata - 700 001, India
    Tel. # 3096-9167
    2220-7710
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    (as of July 18, 2006)

    Thomas Cook Foreign Exchange (Kolkata Airport)

    100 US $ * 45.05 Rupees = R 4,505
    less service charge of R 100

    Amount Received = R 4,405

    www.thomascook.co.in

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    Doctor Jack

    by sourbugger Written Jul 19, 2006

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    Doctor Jack, Calcutta
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    Favorite thing: Mother Teresa's mission is known all over the world, but there are other incredible characters who have given their lives to work amongst the poor of Calcutta.

    One of these is commonly known a s 'Doctor Jack'. Jack Preger himself is of an Orthodox Jewish background and completed his medical training in Dublin after doing PPE at Oxford. After first heading out in 1972 to Bangladesh following a radion appeal for doctors he ended up in Calcutta.

    He began issuing free prescriptions to the very poorest on Calcutta's streets. The work has expanded slowly, and now the organisation is known as "Calcutta rescue". He has tended to keep a somewhat low-profile as the Indian goverment have not exactly supported his presence - mainly due to the protest he has organised concening Bangladeshi children who have mysteriously disappeared.

    It is a cause that is well worth your support.

    Also note the very clever bags that prescriptions are put into - giving instuctions on dosage to to illiterate.

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    That famous book

    by sourbugger Written Jul 18, 2006

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    City of Joy, Calcutta

    Favorite thing: Calcutta has always had something of an image problem. The 'black hole of Calcutta' incident did nothing to help this image, and whilst Mother Teresa's mission has made great efforts, the city remains byword for poverty and destitution.

    This must make it harder to attract new industries to the city, who may more naturally gravitate towards more 'modern' cities such as Bangalore.

    The book 'City of Joy' following the avaentures of an American Doctor, who leaves his job to 'find himself' gets drawn into helping the rickshaw pullers of Calcutta. It is certainly an inspiring book - and hence the ironic title.

    It was also made into a film starring Patrick Swayze. Whilst not a 'monster' hit, it is still worth seeking out and watching before a visit - even if you can't stand the acting talents of Mr Swayze.

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