Non seasonal snow on Sikkim’s Silk Route

May 4, 2016 9 comments

Sikkim’s Silk Route

Encountering a non seasonal snow

See also: Familiarization (FAM) Tour of Lampokhri Festival and Silk Route, East Sikkim

“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 Everest

Zig Zag roads beyond Zuluk, Silk Route, East Sikkim

Zig Zag roads beyond Zuluk, Silk Route, East Sikkim

Almost 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.

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Metiabruz Dawat, ITC Sonar, Kolkata

April 27, 2016 9 comments

Metiabruz Dawat

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.

Star attraction of the Metiabruz Dawat at ITC Sonar, Kolkata, Mughlai Parantha with Chicken Chap and Mutton Biryani

Star attraction of the Metiabruz Dawat at ITC Sonar, Kolkata, Mughlai Parantha with Chicken Chap and Mutton Biryani

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.

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Wall Street Bar (WSB), Theatre Road (Shakespeare Sarani), Kolkata

April 20, 2016 Leave a comment

Wall Street Bar (WSB)

Theatre Road (Shakespeare Sarani), Kolkata

See Also: Events by Candid Communication

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.

Interesting messages welcome visitors to the Wall Street Bar (WSB), Kolkata[/caption

Interesting messages welcome visitors to the Wall Street Bar (WSB), Kolkata[/caption

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).

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Baranti (Boronti), an amazing weekend destination

April 13, 2016 8 comments

Baranti (Boronti)

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.

Sunset at Baranti (Boronti) Lake

Sunset at Baranti (Boronti) Lake

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.

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Buddhist Temples of Kolkata (Calcutta)

March 30, 2016 12 comments

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

Lake Town

Chinese Kali Temple, Lake Town

Chinese Kali Temple, Lake Town

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.

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Hoppipola, Acropolis Mall (4th Floor), Kolkata

March 23, 2016 4 comments

Hoppipola, Acropolis Mall (4th Floor), Kolkata

Eat, Drink and Play

See Also: Events by Candid Communication

“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, Acropolis Mall (4th Floor), Kolkata

Hoppipola, Acropolis Mall (4th Floor), Kolkata

Hoppipola is the newest brand of restaurants from the basket of Speciality Restaurants Limited, India’s largest chain of fine dinning restaurant.

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Goût de France (Good France), Tasting Session and Press Conference

March 16, 2016 4 comments

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.

Tasting session and press conference of Goût de France (Good France) at French Consulate, Kolkata

Tasting session and press conference of Goût de France (Good France) at French Consulate, Kolkata

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.

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