Kolkata, India

Kolkata - Nicco Amusement Park

My brother and I on a bike rickshaw

Hindmotor - a village near Kolkata

This is the new airport in Kolkata (CCU).  The taxis in Kolkata look like cars from the 1950s.  They are called Ambassadors, and they are built in India.

Here is what a flat (apartment building) in Kolkata looks like.  These flats are individual owned usually by the occupants.  They pay into a homeowner's association for common area maintanance and security.

I am about to take a ride on a human pulled rickshaw in this photo.  Human pulled rickshaws are common within various parts of Kolkata.  Other areas have the bike richshaws.
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    After spending a day in Bangkok, Thailand in 2003, I left for Kolkata (formerly known as Calcutta), India.  A few years ago, the Indian government changed the British names of their major cities to more Indian names.  As a result, Calcutta became Kolkata, Bombay became Mumbai, and Madras became Chennai.  In Kolkata, I visited my relatives that included my grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and even distant relatives.  I have been to India roughly 8 times, but this time I saw some new things such as a Pizza Hut, Dominos Pizza, and Nicco Park.  Nicco Park is an amusement park in Kolkata.  Kolkata is located on lowlands formed by the delta created by the Ganges River.  As a result, the weather is very humid during the Monsoons (June-September).  It rained almost every day.  The humidity was nothing like I experienced before.  Kolkata also has both man pulled and bike rickshaws for public transportation.

Last Updated:  February 7, 2014 9:07 PM