What a dump

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One of the better sights in Calcutta!!

The night train was great- no dead people, no one staring and we took a packed dinner of cuzza, dal and chapati and scoffed it on our bed!!!So when we pull into Calcutta, Kolkotta, Kolkata,Kalkotta, (whatever...the locals don't even know what they're going to wake up to call the city each day) we're full of the joys of life, the station doesn't seem too bad, an average number of beggars missing an average number of limbs, the taxi wallahs seem average in their abuse and the street kids amazingly not quite as annoying as we've so far seen!!! Not bad we think.

We want to stay in an area off the main traveller zone called Chowringee so we jump into a cab and head out. The city looks pretty nice, lots of gardens etc but when we get to our area theres only one way to describe it- what a shit hole!!! We look through the LP and select a few guest houses, recommended places to stay may i add.....well i don't know who they are recommended for but my guess would be sewer rats, cockroaches or fleas cause these places are disgusting, you wouldn't want your worst enemy in them  and I tell you we spent hours going through them, every one mentioned in chowringee area and Sudder street and they were all holes!!! Advice for anyine travelling to Calcutta with the Lonely Planet - tear these two pages out and chuck them, they're worthless!! We finally found a place in BBD Bagh area which is great- The Broadway HOtel, huge rooms, lovely bathroom and it's clean. The staff are so helpful it's great, stay here. Now we're off out to explore before getting out of the city and heading down south to the beach, after Calcutta neither of us want to see anymore cities.

abhijit040 says:
Swecha, You are 10% right only. Being an Indian and in Calcutta i know pretty well how the local people are. 95% of our men population is crazy about sex and feel really aroused after peeping at these foreigner's short dresses. Not only foreigners even local girls wearing Jeans and top face lot of Eating Eyes around them. We must say that it's all in our mentality. They have gone crazy watching porn of white girls and hence don't let our foreign guests walk comfortable in our city.
Posted on: Jul 11, 2011
Connie says:
Lonely Planet aims at recommending places of cheap, basic accommodation. And Indian standards aren't the same as western ones. For someone like me who is young and on a budget, I found Sudder Street to be a good compromise. I can understand that you're on your honeymoon so you'll want something nicer, but I'm just saying, give LP a break.
Posted on: Mar 08, 2009
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