This is the last of seven posts about our hectic journey around India from the 26 October to the 6 November, to meet students, sponsored children and institutions.
Our final stop was Kolkata. But first we had to get there! Rinschen was very nervous about traffic around Siliguri, because recently some clients of his missed a flight at Bagdogra because of hours of traffic delay. In addition, Jet Airways said we have to allow 2 hrs for security. So we left at 5 am for a midday flight; somebodies’ law then dictated there should be no serious traffic so we arrived at 8:30, where we said goodbye to Rinshen who had provided superb service and been a good travelling companion. Despite the warnings there were no serious check-in delays, so we were able to have a nice breakfast. Then the trouble started – our flight was delayed several times and we finally left after 4 pm, having been nearly 8 hours at the airport.
Next day we had the morning free, so visited the Belur Math, a religious mission on the west bank of the Hooley River. The temple has architecture dedicated to all the main religions. However no photography allowed! Then at lunchtime we met Rha Tshering and Kinzangkit with her friend KC. Nobody wanted to travel far so we found a local mall near the hotel in Salt Lake City, which offered everything from pizza to Thai chicken through different outlets.