|By its physical structures, Kolkata is oneA man looking for a passenger in front of the Gates of Victoria Memorial|
|A much more organized traffic, with interesting looking vehicles.|
From Varanasi , you need to take a 21-hour train ride to Kolkata. I arrived late in the afternoon at the Bengal Buddhist Association where I stayed in their dormitory. It's a quiet place (of course), my room was quite large with AC, but my bed was terrible. It looked like the bedbugs would really bite!
|A morning scene|
DAY 1 Mother Teresa's Motherhouse and Victoria Memorial
The Mother Teresa House continues to take in people who are in need. They have been moving around the city to perform charity works. Visitors are welcome to join them and volunteer.
One of the rooms was turned into a humble museum dedicated to Mother Teresa. A division of the room showed her biography with numerous pictures of her social work, and the other dedicated to everyday objects she used like sandals, books, clothes, dinnerware. Parallel to that museum was the room where her tomb is. What struck me in the Motherhouse is her actual room where she worked and slept. They have kept it as it was before--a testimony of how humbly she lived, having so little necessities. Her room was small with only a single bed, a wooden desk and a chair, and a small bookshelf containing documents of the charities. It was not allowed to go inside, and take pictures of her room.
|Mother Teresa's Tomb|
It is currently the finest architectural structure and museum in Kolkata. A British named Lord Curzon was the one who developed this in memory of Queen Victoria. The British developed Kolkata into a city of commerce, flourishing on trade. Lord Curzon wanted him and his fellow British people who pioneered and helped in building Kolkata to be remembered, hence the memorial. It houses paintings, sculptures and photos of these important British and their cooperation with the Hindu, and a gallery of Kolkata's colonial-era history. It was not allowed to take photographs inside.
|Victoria Memorial view from the vast pond.|
It is 702m long, built during WWII.
|The Howrah bridge and Mr. Bean cabs--two of the popular British influence that are still evident in Kolkata.|
...and just by walking around, I saw some amazing mural artworks!
|This is one of their Metro stations. I love that they've turned a simple structure into something really special! Tile mosaic.|