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Get off the grass!

Accompanied by blowing of a whistle …

Mullick Ghant Flower Market

Day 2 Kolkata > Jalpāiguri

Hotel breakfast was 350 rupee / NZ$7.40 / US$5.40 - expensive for what it was but ….

On board 3 Ambassador taxis we headed to the Mullick Ghant Flower Market where I was yesterday, but this time it was merely a walk through with limited time to try and capture better images with the morning light.

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Here are some more images from Dr “Google”:

https://www.google.co.nz/search?q=Mullick+Ghat+Flower+Market+kolkata&rlz=1C1GGRV_enNZ751NZ751&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjmqeCmgfTZAhWITLwKHfGJBLoQ_AUICigB&biw=1536&bih=734

Howrah Bridge

Across Howrah Bridge when I felt uncomfortable when 2 guys literally came right up to my face saying something that naturally I couldn’t understand (suspect they wanted some money). Anyway JD paid them off with 100 rupees / NZ$2.10 / US$1.60 to get them to go away. He said that they were “high”.

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The bridge is one of four on the Hooghly River and is a famous symbol of Kolkata and West Bengal. It weathers the storms of the Bay of Bengal region, carrying a daily traffic of approximately 100,000 vehicles and possibly more than 150,000 pedestrians, easily making it the busiest cantilever bridge in the world. The third-longest cantilever bridge at the time of its construction, the Howrah Bridge is currently the sixth-longest bridge of its type in the world. Thanks Mr Wikipedia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Howrah_Bridge

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If you have to go ... you have to go somewhere

If you have to go ... you have to go somewhere

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Armenian Ferry Ghant

Ferry ride from the nearby Armenian ferry ghant across the sacred Hooghly River to the other bank Howrah Station jetty and back again. Hooghly River is a 260 km long tributary river of Ganges River. Love the lack of health and safety with no control or barriers at all at the various gangways. People jumping off the boat even before it had pulled in.

Police were on their jet ski patrolling the river.

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See how cheap the crossing is … read …

http://www.kolkataonwheels.com/ferry-services-in-kolkata-and-howrah/

The ferry service even has its own Facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Armenian-Ferry-Ghat/100164374068625?hc_ref=ARSlvkQtD8Jm08JOUWVtUpy4jyacxf8mnKMqKctCZ1qURA-ua_q9wiUjsjR34XD7hj0

https://www.bengaladdict.com/ferry_services.html

Here are some more images from Dr “Google”:

https://www.google.co.nz/search?q=Armenian+ferry+ghat+kolkata&rlz=1C1GGRV_enNZ751NZ751&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwijtvLXgfTZAhUIzbwKHd_NAWoQsAQIPg&biw=1536&bih=734

"Hotel" is a restuarant

"Hotel" is a restuarant

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No 1 or 2 today?

No 1 or 2 today?

Painting using a rag

Painting using a rag

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Victoria Memorial

Victoria Memorial is a palatial white marble building built in the beginning of the 20th century (1906-1921) and dedicated to Queen Victoria. One feature that sits in extensive grounds with a lush green "maidan" (lawn) in front of it, no doubt a haven for the population of an overcrowded city.

The Victoria Memorial is architecturally impressive. It combines British and Mughal design along with elements of Venetian, Egyptian, Islamic, and other architecture.

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Hans

Hans

Hans, Sally, Joe, Bruce, Robyn, Ngaire, Tova, Ken

Hans, Sally, Joe, Bruce, Robyn, Ngaire, Tova, Ken

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Whistle blown by an official as the locals totally ignored the barrier as they wanted their photos taken right in front of the flower bed.

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No photography inside though I would have loved to have taken the domed ceiling with the series of painting so around the side depicting the important parts of Queen Victoria reign.

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Hans

Hans

http://www.victoriamemorial-cal.org/home/content/en

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victoria_Memorial,_Kolkata

http://www.culturalindia.net/monuments/victoria-memorial.html

Here are some more images from Dr “Google”:

https://www.google.co.nz/search?rlz=1C1GGRV_enNZ751NZ751&biw=1536&bih=734&tbm=isch&sa=1&ei=XWCtWuL2O4O48QW6iIXIBQ&q=inside+victoria+memorial+kolkata&oq=inside+victoria+memorial+kolkata&gs_l=psy-ab.12..0i8i30k1.27051.28357.0.30388.7.7.0.0.0.0.201.970.0j4j1.5.0....0...1c.1.64.psy-ab..2.5.969...0i13k1j0i8i7i30k1.0.iea9MWSj5Uo

A chai before hopping back into the Ambassador taxi and headed to the New Market area for lunch.

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Kathi Kabab Rolls

Lunch at Nizam’s, the inventor of the famous Kathi Kabab Rolls. I had my first bottle of “Thums Up” cola here. Yes, stronger than Coke and I wasn’t surprised that this very popular drink is now bottled by Coca Cola.

There was confusion how I had written my order. It was supposed to be ONE roll: Double paratha Double chicken Double egg roll 115 rupees / NZ$2.50 / US$1.80
But because I had written over several lines like
Double Paratha Double Chicken
Double egg roll
… ended up with 2 rolls.

Didn’t have to pay for both of them but enjoyed them both anyway. That plus my first bottle of Thums Up came to 130 rupees / NZ$2.70 / US$2.00.

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http://www.nizams.com/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nizams/157591887637240

What is a Kathi roll?

A kati roll (sometimes spelt kathi roll; Bengali: কাঠি রোল) is a street-food dish originating from Kolkata, India. In its original form, it is a skewer-roasted kebabwrapped in a paratha bread, although over the years many variants have evolved all of which now go under the generic name of kati roll. Today, mostly any wrap containing a filling enfolded in an Indian flatbread (roti) is called a kati roll. In native Bengali, the word Kati roughly translates to “Stick”, referring to how they were originally made. In Bengal though, the delicacy is simply known as ROLL. Kati Rolls normally contain coriander chutney, egg and chicken but the types may vary.

The kati roll is said to have started its life in the Nizam Restaurant in Kolkata, a popular eatery founded in 1932. There are many stories about how exactly the roll got started. Some suggest that hurried office commuters wanted something quick and portable to eat, some mention British babus who were too fastidious to touch the kabab. The most likely origin is probably more mundane, but in any case someone decided to roll things up at some point. Nizam enjoyed a virtual monopoly over this method of serving kababs for decades, but it eventually became commonplace in Kolkata and later spread elsewhere. Thanks Mr Wikipedia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kati_roll

Posted by bruceontour 14:57 Archived in India Tagged ferry flower_market kathi_roll kati_roll victoria_memorial howrah_bridge mullick_ghant_flower_market Comments (0)

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