Half day sightseeing in Kolkata
Early this morning we headed out to discover this city as it wakes, beginning with a visit to the flower market, then on to explore some of the city's ghats. Crossing the Howrah Bridge.
We also visited Kalighat – the oldest pilgrimage site in the city. The legend tells of Shiva’s grief after the death of his wife Sati, he slung her body on his shoulder and performed the “dance of Death” destroying everything in his path. Vishnu stopped the carnage by use of magic which scattered her body through the land. Her little toe fell at Kalighat. Some believe the name of the city comes from this. The present temple is 19th century the goddess Kali extended tongue is repainted with gold everyday. While we were there a goat was offered to the gods, and those of us who wanted to could watch as the goats head was cut off.
Afternoon: Own time. Lunch at Flury's with M and J. Drinks at the Oberoi Grand with M, J and S. Dinner at xxx in Park Street with the whole group.
Late in the afternoon we transfered to the train station to board our overnight train to New Jalpaiguri. Description said: 'Accommodation is comfortable as we travel in either 2 a/c or 3 a/c tier (4 or 6 berths). Bed rolls are provided and there is usually a pantry car available.' What we experienced: 2 of us had to stay in a separate coach, sharing the bed with cockroach... Luckily this was not me.