Thursday, August 03, 2006
Other Views of Calcutta or Kolkata, India
Here is the Hooghly River, which is actually Ganges as it flows into from Bihar and UP before that. Here we call it Hooghly.. and the sea is on the left direction.. if you travel down the river towards the right you reach Calcutta Port and then Further down u reach Diamond Harbour and then the sea Bay of Bengal.
The rail tracks below is of the Circular Rail-- never travelled!!--- some people use it to reach places in the city.. The Govt has not really been able to utilise this to the fullest extent.... On the right side is the river Hooghly - the tracks here run near the river bank.... ignore the garbage please... there is garbage in USA too on the railtracks!!!
The Eastern Bypass Park Circus Connector... you get China Town on the right with it dirt and tasty chowmein.. quite good food cheap. They have leather tanneries too -- I do not know whether Govt shifted them finally.. there was talk sometime ago... and of course this road -- backwards leads to the Bypass which is besides the garbage dumping ground - pics here.... and once there was a great smell (of ammonia or sulphur or something!!-- said good for health!!! LOL !!)
The Howrah bridge-- a MARVEL in Engineering by the British. Yes!! it is that OLD!!!.. A cantilever bridge [one which is fixed at one end and the other end rests on rollers- for expansions due to heat]. The fixed end is on the Howrah side and the rollers are on Calcutta Side, which is the right of the photo or behind me.. Yes Howrah means it is another city or town and not calcutta but the major Railway station of calcutta is Howrah Railway Station... which you see below.
The red buildings on the right side are Wharfage houses from the British Times.. now used for storing whole sale goods.. the river is on the right -behind the red buildings.
Writers' Building again from British days now the West Bengal Govt house.. and just imagine?? here you see the backside..
And the great Calcutta Crow !!