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Farewell to India

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Victoria Memorial

We'd been in India for over two months, so it felt a little strange to be finally leaving. We'd fallen a bit short of our plan to leave India overland, because we'd run out of time; the original plan was to travel overland from Delhi to Kolkata and on into Bangladesh, instead of which we flew from Delhi to Kolkata, and flew again from Kolkata to Dhaka. The flight from Delhi to Kolkata was with SpiceJet, with whom we were very impressed; we could even check in online and choose our seat.

We didn't do too much sight-seeing in Kolkata. We had a bit of a wander around the Maidan, and did visit the Victoria Memorial. There's some moderately interesting paintings on display inside, but nothing too exciting.

Cricket in front of Eden Gardens
We also visited the cathedral, which was quite interesting simply in the sense that it was a large Christian church in India. One afternoon we sat on the grass watching one of the many cricket matches on the Maidan. There was supposed to be a proper match on at Eden Gardens, but the place was deserted, so we could only assume that it had finished early.

The best thing we did was to visit the planetarium. I hadn't been to a planetarium since I was a kid, and really enjoyed it. The performance was improved by the lady running the show shouting at someone who hadn't switched off their mobile phone; she was quite scary! It was really cheap to get in: something like 20 rupees.

We stayed in a small hotel on a pleasant little street which had a few restaurants and cafes where you could easily meet other travellers. This made a nice change from some of the other places we'd been in India, and made us feel more relaxed, although at the expense of some element of local culture. We found a good restaurant that we went back to a couple of times.

On our first morning in Kolkata we went to get breakfast at the rooftop restaurant of a nearby multi-storey hotel. From there you could get a great view of the city, and we sat and watched the smog lift and gradually reveal the skyline.

 

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Victoria Memorial
Victoria Memorial
Cricket in front of Eden Gardens
Cricket in front of Eden Gardens
Cricket on the Maidan
Cricket on the Maidan
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