Sikkim’s Silk Route
Encountering a non seasonal snow
“But from Rongli they climbed steeply out of the tropical forest into the zone of flowering rhododendrons…..To flower lovers, like Howard Bury, Mallory and Wollaston, these were perpetual delight. They were all the more appreciated because they would be almost the last sign of luxuriance and grace they would behold before they to face the austerities and stern realities of rock and ice and snow, and the frosts of Mount Everest.”
Sir Francis Younghusband, The Epic of Mount EverestAlmost a century later we started off along the same route in the dead of night, but our destination was not Mount Everest but Sikkim’s Silk Route.
ITC Sonar, Kolkata
A saffron flavoured potato, along with chunks of meat, laid in a bed of saffron tinged white and yellow rice is what Kolkatawalas call a biryani. A potato in biryani may sound strange to the rest of Indians but alu has been an integral part of Kolkata Biryani for over 150 years.
The story of the alu in biryani goes back to 1856 when the last Nawab of Oudh, Wajid Ali Shah was deported to Kolkata (then Calcutta) by the British and settled in Metibruz area, south of Kolkata.
Wall Street Bar (WSB)
Theatre Road (Shakespeare Sarani), Kolkata
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Gastropub is a pub that serves good food. The idea was first conceived in 1991 when the new owners of the Eagle Pub in London added a restaurant food menu to the existing pub drink menu.
Kolkata is changing fast and the changes in its food scenario is even more rapid. With themed restaurant opening every other day Kolkata finally came up with a Gastropub, named Wall Street Bar (WSB).
An amazing weekend destination
Imagine a lake, and a conical hill covered with thick vegetation. If this is your idea of a retreat, then Baranti, also called Boronti, in Purulia District, is the place to be. And it is close enough to stop by for the weekend for some much-needed rest.
Muradi located on the Adra – Asansol rail line is the nearest rail head of Baranti (Boronti). However in order to reach Baranti (Boronti) it is best to arrange vehicles from Adra or Asansol.
Buddhist Temples of Kolkata (Calcutta)
A compilation of Buddhist Temples in Kolkata (Calcutta)
Kolkata, formerly Calcutta, has always been a melting pot of people of different religion and ethnicity. As the different religious group settled in a new city they set up there own place of worship.
As these religious group were further divided in sub sects and ethnicity, each of these groups started coming up with there own place of worships.
Unlike the Christian, Jews and Parsis the Buddhist came much later to the city and only a handful of there temples date backs over a century. But still Kolkata boast a interesting collection of Buddhist Temples, belonging to different ethnic groups, and scattered all over the city.
Chinese Buddhist Temple
The Chinese Buddhist Temple is located on Jessore Road in between Lake Town and Bangur.
The official address is 426 Jessore Road and the temple is located on a narrow lane on the opposite foot of Lake Town and Bangur.
It is a new temple, opened only in 1962. It went through an extension in 1972. The Chinese Buddhist Temple on Jessore Road consists of a large central hall and several smaller shrines. It also houses a library containing a large number of hand written religious text.
The temple is not very well maintained and is rarely visited by devotes. An old lady caretaker looks after the Chinese Buddhist Temple.
Hoppipola, Acropolis Mall (4th Floor), Kolkata
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“At Hoppipola there’s room for every one to be happy – the loud ones, the quiet ones, the giggly ones, the crying ones, the sighing ones, the huffing ones and the puffing ones, the lonely ones, the ones in love, the boardroom to the ‘boreroom’ ones, the bookworms, the gammers, the drinkers, the claimers, the ones that hate leaving home and the ones that haven’t seen home for a while.”
Hoppipola is the newest brand of restaurants from the basket of Speciality Restaurants Limited, India’s largest chain of fine dinning restaurant.
Goût de France (Good France)
1 French Dinner (21 March 2016), 1000 Chefs, 1000 Menus, 5 Continets
Tasting Session and Press Conference: 9 March 2016
Following the success of Goût de France (Good France), a celebration of French gastronomy, in 2015 it will be held again worldwide on 21 March 2016.
The gala French dinner on 21 March 2016 will feature 1000 chefs & 1000 menus and will be spread across 5 continents. Goût de France is an initiative of Chef Alain Ducasse and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development.