We had the chance to spend 23 hours in Kolkata on a long layover from Hyderabad, India to Bangkok, Thailand, so we jumped on it. Based on a relationship that I had in the city, we set up a local guide who took us to a few authentic places that left us with a sense of how the people of Kolkata really live. We tested many of the excellent street food options including the chicken egg roll,
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Kolkata (Calcutta) India
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Laying over in a city can be a great way to see it. We did the same in Doha, Qatar as well as Copenhagen, Denmark.
Our personal guide in Kolkata was Pratik Jio – reach out to him if you visit the city as well.
Being able to visit the Ganges was a big deal to both of us.
Puchkas or Pani
Carrom is a game we found walking the streets. It’s basically hitting checkers with your hand into four corners like the game pool.
Bhapa Doi is made by blending yogurt and condensed milk. It becomes more tasteful with the garnishing of almonds and pistachios.
College Street Coffee House is the most famous of Indian Coffee House branches in Kolkata.
The Chicken Egg Roll was one of the best street foods I have ever eaten. I love paratha so to have a burrito style snack with that tasty combination was heaven in my mouth.
The Howrah Station is the busiest railway station in India. It can be intense at times.
The streets of Kolkata were chaotic and energizing. Many forms of transportation were fighting for space on the tight roads.
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