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TRAIN–let’s start off with a 5 hour train ride again–in an even grubbier carriage than to Jaipur
TRAIN–let’s start off with a 5 hour train ride again–in an even grubbier carriage than to Jaipur
TRAIN–but this train had vendors walking the aisles with questionable foodstuffs
TRAIN–but this train had vendors walking the aisles with questionable foodstuffs
TRAIN–this fellow would make you a complete hot meal from the half dozen tin containers...
TRAIN–this fellow would make you a complete hot meal from the half dozen tin containers...
TRAIN–with a dollop of curry on top.
TRAIN–with a dollop of curry on top.
JANGIPUR–our first look at the town isn’t too promising
JANGIPUR–our first look at the town isn’t too promising
R/V SUKAPHA–but the riverboat awaiting our arrival looks more appealing
R/V SUKAPHA–but the riverboat awaiting our arrival looks more appealing
R/V SUKAPHA–small but comfortable double cabins with full bathroom–and VERY slippery floors
R/V SUKAPHA–small but comfortable double cabins with full bathroom–and VERY slippery floors
JANGIPUR–bicycle taximan and an elegant old gent
JANGIPUR–bicycle taximan and an elegant old gent
JANGIPUR–street scene
JANGIPUR–street scene
JANGIPUR–another street scene
JANGIPUR–another street scene
JANGIPUR–sugar cane drink vendor with brightly colored press
JANGIPUR–sugar cane drink vendor with brightly colored press
JANGIPUR–headless four-armed straw life-size folk art idol
JANGIPUR–headless four-armed straw life-size folk art idol
JANGIPUR–road hazards in every town in India
JANGIPUR–road hazards in every town in India
ON THE ROAD–a road is a convenient flat surface to winnow one’s grain
ON THE ROAD–a road is a convenient flat surface to winnow one’s grain
ON THE ROAD–the man is pedaling a three-wheel bicycle-God only know what’s in the box
ON THE ROAD–the man is pedaling a three-wheel bicycle-God only know what’s in the box
ON THE ROAD–Indian trucks are elaborately adorned with decals, paint, chrome, and appeals to the gods
ON THE ROAD–Indian trucks are elaborately adorned with decals, paint, chrome, and appeals to the gods
ON THE ROAD–a moment of impending death
ON THE ROAD–a moment of impending death
ON THE ROAD–snack bar along the road
ON THE ROAD–snack bar along the road
ON THE ROAD–sacks of veggies…how can that even move?
ON THE ROAD–sacks of veggies…how can that even move?
ON THE ROAD–a road sign no one pays any attention to
ON THE ROAD–a road sign no one pays any attention to
ON THE ROAD–waiting for a ride to...who knows where
ON THE ROAD–waiting for a ride to...who knows where
ON THE ROAD–at least those two guys can’t see what’s coming at them
ON THE ROAD–at least those two guys can’t see what’s coming at them
ON THE ROAD–field hands finishing a day’s work
ON THE ROAD–field hands finishing a day’s work
GAUR–Lukachuri Gateway. The brick-built city, now in ruins, was the capital of the Muslim Sultans of Bengal, c.1200-1560
GAUR–Lukachuri Gateway. The brick-built city, now in ruins, was the capital of the Muslim Sultans of Bengal, c.1200-1560
GAUR–the Bara Sona Masjid, built 1526, has 11 arched doorways along its entrance side
GAUR–the Bara Sona Masjid, built 1526, has 11 arched doorways along its entrance side
GAUR–the doorways lead into a corridor with 11 brick domes, once gold-plated, and then to the courtyard
GAUR–the doorways lead into a corridor with 11 brick domes, once gold-plated, and then to the courtyard
GAUR–the mosque itself retains only its walls with nicely proportioned arches and windows
GAUR–the mosque itself retains only its walls with nicely proportioned arches and windows
GAUR–the Firoj Minar was built in 1489 as a testament to Firoj Shah’s victory over Barbak Shah
GAUR–the Firoj Minar was built in 1489 as a testament to Firoj Shah’s victory over Barbak Shah
GAUR–the Dakhil Darwaza (c.1465) was the entrance to the town’s fortress
GAUR–the Dakhil Darwaza (c.1465) was the entrance to the town’s fortress
GAUR–an Indian tourist at the site
GAUR–an Indian tourist at the site
GAUR–Qadam Rasul (footprint of the Prophet) Mosque,1530, is a perfect synthesis of Mughal and native Bengali architecture
GAUR–Qadam Rasul (footprint of the Prophet) Mosque,1530, is a perfect synthesis of Mughal and native Bengali architecture
GAUR–entrance to Qadam Rasul–the exteriors of most of these buildings was covered with white stucco and painted decoration
GAUR–entrance to Qadam Rasul–the exteriors of most of these buildings was covered with white stucco and painted decoration
GAUR–the interior of Qadam Rasul has much of its glazed brick surface still visible
GAUR–the interior of Qadam Rasul has much of its glazed brick surface still visible
GAUR–the Lotan Mosque, 1475-80, is beautifully proportioned
GAUR–the Lotan Mosque, 1475-80, is beautifully proportioned
GAUR–a fine assortment of brickwork is visible inside
GAUR–a fine assortment of brickwork is visible inside
GAUR–the Mosque is unique in retaining evidence of its glazed brick exterior
GAUR–the Mosque is unique in retaining evidence of its glazed brick exterior
GAUR–I was curious what the building might have looked like, so I ‘colorized’ half of this photo–magnificent!
GAUR–I was curious what the building might have looked like, so I ‘colorized’ half of this photo–magnificent!
GAUR–laundry day at the rocks of a local pond
GAUR–laundry day at the rocks of a local pond
GAUR–fisherman’s hut? man cave? on the pond
GAUR–fisherman’s hut? man cave? on the pond
GAUR–a local sadhu (holy man) contemplates the arrival of Western tourists
GAUR–a local sadhu (holy man) contemplates the arrival of Western tourists
GAUR–a locally-built shrine to Kali, with life-size figures, is obviously well cared for
GAUR–a locally-built shrine to Kali, with life-size figures, is obviously well cared for
GAUR–couple of pots surrounded by the roots and branches of a fig tree–how long have they been there?
GAUR–couple of pots surrounded by the roots and branches of a fig tree–how long have they been there?
BARANAGAR–fresh fruits and veggies at the local convenient store
BARANAGAR–fresh fruits and veggies at the local convenient store
BARANAGAR–a sadhvi (holy woman) of the town
BARANAGAR–a sadhvi (holy woman) of the town
BARANAGAR–a craftsman uses the road to lay out reeds for weaving
BARANAGAR–a craftsman uses the road to lay out reeds for weaving
BARANAGAR–the women’s clothing always stands out from their surroundings
BARANAGAR–the women’s clothing always stands out from their surroundings
BARANAGAR–cow dung is slapped onto walls and formed on sticks for cooking and heating fuel
BARANAGAR–cow dung is slapped onto walls and formed on sticks for cooking and heating fuel
BARANAGAR–man of the town, his son, and yellow dog
BARANAGAR–man of the town, his son, and yellow dog
BARANAGAR–small roadside shrine–these take innumerable forms all over India
BARANAGAR–small roadside shrine–these take innumerable forms all over India
BARANAGAR–a colorful wall in the town reveals a mysterious interior
BARANAGAR–a colorful wall in the town reveals a mysterious interior
BARANAGAR–the town’s attraction is a collection of brick-built temples with incredible sculpted decorations –the Gangeswar temple
BARANAGAR–the town’s attraction is a collection of brick-built temples with incredible sculpted decorations –the Gangeswar temple
BARANAGAR–a clay relief sculpture possibly of Narasimha, an avatar of Vishnu
BARANAGAR–a clay relief sculpture possibly of Narasimha, an avatar of Vishnu
BARANAGAR–clay relief sculpture of Lord Krishna and his consort Radha playing flutes
BARANAGAR–clay relief sculpture of Lord Krishna and his consort Radha playing flutes
BARANAGAR–most of the temples are sacred to Shiva and have one or more representations of the Shiva Lingam
BARANAGAR–most of the temples are sacred to Shiva and have one or more representations of the Shiva Lingam
BARANAGAR–most of these terra-cotta temples are relatively recent: 18th and 19th centuries
BARANAGAR–most of these terra-cotta temples are relatively recent: 18th and 19th centuries
BARANAGAR–another form of decoration: thin white stucco scraped away to reveal the clay color and the design
BARANAGAR–another form of decoration: thin white stucco scraped away to reveal the clay color and the design
BARANAGAR–incised lines form the detail within the white shapes
BARANAGAR–incised lines form the detail within the white shapes
BARANAGAR–Bhabaniswara Temple, an octagonal structure with inverted lotus-leaf roof peak
BARANAGAR–Bhabaniswara Temple, an octagonal structure with inverted lotus-leaf roof peak
BARANAGAR–clay reliefs over a door on the Bhabaniswara Temple: probably Krishna in the center
BARANAGAR–clay reliefs over a door on the Bhabaniswara Temple: probably Krishna in the center
BARANAGAR–side wall of one of the four temples of the Char Bangla complex: the corners are covered in small clay reliefs
BARANAGAR–side wall of one of the four temples of the Char Bangla complex: the corners are covered in small clay reliefs
BARANAGAR–inner courtyard and two of the Char Bangla temples–masterpieces of clay craftsmanship
BARANAGAR–inner courtyard and two of the Char Bangla temples–masterpieces of clay craftsmanship
BARANAGAR–a procession and other scenes in clay relief on a Char Bangla temple
BARANAGAR–a procession and other scenes in clay relief on a Char Bangla temple
BARANAGAR–above the central door, a scene from the Ramayana: Ram and Lakshman encounter Ravana, king of the demons
BARANAGAR–above the central door, a scene from the Ramayana: Ram and Lakshman encounter Ravana, king of the demons
BARANAGAR–yeah, the photo is out of focus, but I really liked the sculpted image…but I'm weird
BARANAGAR–yeah, the photo is out of focus, but I really liked the sculpted image…but I'm weird
BARANAGAR–another small folk shrine
BARANAGAR–another small folk shrine
BARANAGAR–crossing the river
BARANAGAR–crossing the river
MURSHIDABAD–the Hazarduari Palace, c. 1837, was the last seat of government of the Bengali Nawabs
MURSHIDABAD–the Hazarduari Palace, c. 1837, was the last seat of government of the Bengali Nawabs
MURSHIDABAD–the Victorian Lion on the steps of Hazarduari Palace and behind, the Zurud Mosque
MURSHIDABAD–the Victorian Lion on the steps of Hazarduari Palace and behind, the Zurud Mosque
MURSHIDABAD–the old Madina Mosque, the Clock Tower, and the  Nizamat Imambara on the grounds of Kila Nizamat, the old fortress
MURSHIDABAD–the old Madina Mosque, the Clock Tower, and the Nizamat Imambara on the grounds of Kila Nizamat, the old fortress
MURSHIDABAD–refreshment and souvenir stands are set up along the river path to the Kila Nizamat grounds
MURSHIDABAD–refreshment and souvenir stands are set up along the river path to the Kila Nizamat grounds
MURSHIDABAD–farmyard near the river
MURSHIDABAD–farmyard near the river
MURSHIDABAD–the iconic bicycle rickshaw–not built for speed or comfort...
MURSHIDABAD–the iconic bicycle rickshaw–not built for speed or comfort...
MURSHIDABAD–...but happily operated by men earning a meager living
MURSHIDABAD–...but happily operated by men earning a meager living
MURSHIDABAD–a craftsman forms a reed basket
MURSHIDABAD–a craftsman forms a reed basket
MURSHIDABAD–lowers on a shrub–don’t know what they are but they’re pretty
MURSHIDABAD–lowers on a shrub–don’t know what they are but they’re pretty
MURSHIDABAD–this fully opened sunflower screamed for my attention
MURSHIDABAD–this fully opened sunflower screamed for my attention
MURSHIDABAD–riverside folk shrine
MURSHIDABAD–riverside folk shrine
MURSHIDABAD–laundry and bath day at the boat ramp
MURSHIDABAD–laundry and bath day at the boat ramp
MURSHIDABAD–crossing the river to Khushbagh
MURSHIDABAD–crossing the river to Khushbagh
KHUSHBAGH–local transport
KHUSHBAGH–local transport
KHUSHBAGH–a walled rose garden is the cemetery of the last Nawabs of Bengal, mid 18th century
KHUSHBAGH–a walled rose garden is the cemetery of the last Nawabs of Bengal, mid 18th century
KHUSHBAGH–the Mosque holds the tombs of the Nawab and his male relatives
KHUSHBAGH–the Mosque holds the tombs of the Nawab and his male relatives
KHUSHBAGH–tomb of Nawab Ali Vardi Khan, died 1756
KHUSHBAGH–tomb of Nawab Ali Vardi Khan, died 1756
KHUSHBAGH–female family members have their own open-air section of the cemetery
KHUSHBAGH–female family members have their own open-air section of the cemetery
KHUSHBAGH–other tombs in the lovely garden enclosure
KHUSHBAGH–other tombs in the lovely garden enclosure
KHUSHBAGH–a local musical group entertained us with traditional Bengali music
KHUSHBAGH–a local musical group entertained us with traditional Bengali music
KHUSHBAGH–this musician seems entranced
KHUSHBAGH–this musician seems entranced
PLASSEY–eternal and ever-changing, the river flows onward
PLASSEY–eternal and ever-changing, the river flows onward
PLASSEY–cows taking a cooling dip
PLASSEY–cows taking a cooling dip
PLASSEY–a couple of old temples on the river banks
PLASSEY–a couple of old temples on the river banks
PLASSEY–in 1757, the British East India Company troops defeated the last Nawab and his French troops. leading to British rule of Bengal
PLASSEY–in 1757, the British East India Company troops defeated the last Nawab and his French troops. leading to British rule of Bengal
PLASSEY–the battlefield
PLASSEY–the battlefield
PLASSEY–excitement when the ice cream man comes through town
PLASSEY–excitement when the ice cream man comes through town
PLASSEY–a family compound in the town
PLASSEY–a family compound in the town
PLASSEY–old woman winnows grain
PLASSEY–old woman winnows grain
PLASSEY–goats and other animals wander freely around the compound
PLASSEY–goats and other animals wander freely around the compound
PLASSEY–old man stands in the grain storage bin
PLASSEY–old man stands in the grain storage bin
PLASSEY–domestic scene from today and a thousand years ago
PLASSEY–domestic scene from today and a thousand years ago
PLASSEY–the kids are always curious about visitors
PLASSEY–the kids are always curious about visitors
MATIARI–a boatload of hay waits to be unloaded
MATIARI–a boatload of hay waits to be unloaded
MATIARI–two boats and workers dredging the channels in the river...
MATIARI–two boats and workers dredging the channels in the river...
MATIARI–...by hand.
MATIARI–...by hand.
MATIARI–from another boat, sand is unloaded in baskets...
MATIARI–from another boat, sand is unloaded in baskets...
MATIARI–...shoveled into bags...
MATIARI–...shoveled into bags...
MATIARI–...and carried away by pony cart–this on a wide sandy shore: what am I missing here?
MATIARI–...and carried away by pony cart–this on a wide sandy shore: what am I missing here?
MATIARI–these schoolgirls have the right idea: stay out of the fierce sun
MATIARI–these schoolgirls have the right idea: stay out of the fierce sun
MATIARI–typical village scene all over India
MATIARI–typical village scene all over India
MATIARI–two women check out the visitors–the dog is unconcerned
MATIARI–two women check out the visitors–the dog is unconcerned
MATIARI–a rather upscale house-the mayor, perhaps?
MATIARI–a rather upscale house-the mayor, perhaps?
MATIARI–there’s that headless straw idol again
MATIARI–there’s that headless straw idol again
MATIARI–cooking the family meal–life happens equally inside and outside the houses
MATIARI–cooking the family meal–life happens equally inside and outside the houses
MATIARI–village matriarch
MATIARI–village matriarch
MATIARI–young schoolkids cautiously check out the visitors
MATIARI–young schoolkids cautiously check out the visitors
MATIARI–colorful market in the village square
MATIARI–colorful market in the village square
MATIARI–weighing out produce the old-fashioned way
MATIARI–weighing out produce the old-fashioned way
MATIARI–cute girl with clothing as colorful as the produce surrounding her
MATIARI–cute girl with clothing as colorful as the produce surrounding her
MATIARI–man with an impressive beard prepares to pedal home with his daily purchases
MATIARI–man with an impressive beard prepares to pedal home with his daily purchases
MATIARI–the town is known as a brassware production center–clouds of acrid smoke mark a workshop
MATIARI–the town is known as a brassware production center–clouds of acrid smoke mark a workshop
MATIARI–with antiquated equipment, workers turn out circular brass blanks to be made into plates
MATIARI–with antiquated equipment, workers turn out circular brass blanks to be made into plates
MATIARI–still hot from the furnace, the blanks will be delivered to the formers’ workshops
MATIARI–still hot from the furnace, the blanks will be delivered to the formers’ workshops
MATIARI–a worker pounds a blank into a shallow bowl shape
MATIARI–a worker pounds a blank into a shallow bowl shape
MATIARI–after some pounding, the metal becomes brittle and has to be heated to anneal it and turn it soft enough again to continue forming
MATIARI–after some pounding, the metal becomes brittle and has to be heated to anneal it and turn it soft enough again to continue forming
MATIARI–polishing a finished bowl
MATIARI–polishing a finished bowl
MATIARI–a craftsman engraves designs into the metal surface with hammer and chisels
MATIARI–a craftsman engraves designs into the metal surface with hammer and chisels
MATIARI–a sampling of the town’s production: both formed and cast brass items
MATIARI–a sampling of the town’s production: both formed and cast brass items
MATIARI–once again, the kids are curious about the visitors
MATIARI–once again, the kids are curious about the visitors
MATIARI–small boat on the river
MATIARI–small boat on the river
NABADWIP–a fishing net suspended from twin counterweighted booms: so-called 'Chinese' net
NABADWIP–a fishing net suspended from twin counterweighted booms: so-called 'Chinese' net
NABADWIP–fishermen sort out their net and the catch
NABADWIP–fishermen sort out their net and the catch
NABADWIP–narrow streets, pedestrians, bicycle rickshaws, dogs, and beautiful silk goods
NABADWIP–narrow streets, pedestrians, bicycle rickshaws, dogs, and beautiful silk goods
NABADWIP–brightly colored Hindu temple in a narrow street
NABADWIP–brightly colored Hindu temple in a narrow street
NABADWIP–eye-popping colors of the women’s saris
NABADWIP–eye-popping colors of the women’s saris
NABADWIP–some of the men are no less elegant than the women
NABADWIP–some of the men are no less elegant than the women
NABADWIP–street scene
NABADWIP–street scene
NABADWIP–a VERY laid back vendor of fans: hey, grab that nap whenever you can...
NABADWIP–a VERY laid back vendor of fans: hey, grab that nap whenever you can...
NABADWIP–...a belief shared by the dogs of the town as well
NABADWIP–...a belief shared by the dogs of the town as well
NABADWIP–this homeowner must have won the lottery
NABADWIP–this homeowner must have won the lottery
NABADWIP–colonial-era corner building
NABADWIP–colonial-era corner building
NABADWIP–Dear God! How can anyone make sense of that?
NABADWIP–Dear God! How can anyone make sense of that?
NABADWIP–I don’t want to stand within 50 feet of this
NABADWIP–I don’t want to stand within 50 feet of this
NABADWIP–our friend, the headless idol: this time in papier mache and clay
NABADWIP–our friend, the headless idol: this time in papier mache and clay
NABADWIP–the central feature of the town is a Shiva temple almost entirely enveloped by fig tree
NABADWIP–the central feature of the town is a Shiva temple almost entirely enveloped by fig tree
NABADWIP–a priest stands outside the temple
NABADWIP–a priest stands outside the temple
NABADWIP–worshipper inside the temple
NABADWIP–worshipper inside the temple
NABADWIP–at the temple door
NABADWIP–at the temple door
MAYAPUR–is the headquarters of ISKCON, better known as the ‘Hare Krishnas’
MAYAPUR–is the headquarters of ISKCON, better known as the ‘Hare Krishnas’
MAYAPUR–the buildings and grounds are luxurious, with many visitors and pilgrims
MAYAPUR–the buildings and grounds are luxurious, with many visitors and pilgrims
MAYAPUR–the Srila Prabhupada’s Samadhi Mandir, dedicated to ISKCON’s founder
MAYAPUR–the Srila Prabhupada’s Samadhi Mandir, dedicated to ISKCON’s founder
MAYAPUR–an elaborate throne enshrines a figure of Sri Prabhupada meditating
MAYAPUR–an elaborate throne enshrines a figure of Sri Prabhupada meditating
KALNA–a ‘temple town’ of 53,000 inhabitants, Kalna retains a rural character
KALNA–a ‘temple town’ of 53,000 inhabitants, Kalna retains a rural character
KALNA–Good Grief!
KALNA–Good Grief!
KALNA–colors, shapes, sounds
KALNA–colors, shapes, sounds
KALNA–residents check out the visitors
KALNA–residents check out the visitors
KALNA–ladies congregate to wait for a ride somewhere
KALNA–ladies congregate to wait for a ride somewhere
KALNA–Finally! A pottery shop we can stop at...
KALNA–Finally! A pottery shop we can stop at...
KALNA–...and the beauties I left behind: too big, too round, too fragile
KALNA–...and the beauties I left behind: too big, too round, too fragile
KALNA–one’s head is useful for carrying all sorts of things
KALNA–one’s head is useful for carrying all sorts of things
KALNA–19th century Pratapeswar Temple is covered with clay reliefs
KALNA–19th century Pratapeswar Temple is covered with clay reliefs
KALNA–these reliefs still have traces of color on them
KALNA–these reliefs still have traces of color on them
KALNA–roofless brick-built Rasmancha
KALNA–roofless brick-built Rasmancha
KALNA–19th century Pancharatna Temples–all brick-built and adorned with clay relief sculptures
KALNA–19th century Pancharatna Temples–all brick-built and adorned with clay relief sculptures
KALNA–a magnificently complex building inside the Lalji compound...
KALNA–a magnificently complex building inside the Lalji compound...
KALNA–...again, covered with clay relief sculptures
KALNA–...again, covered with clay relief sculptures
KALNA–outside the walled compound of the Lalji Temple, begun 1739
KALNA–outside the walled compound of the Lalji Temple, begun 1739
KALNA–the Giri Govardhana Temple, built to resemble a very fantastical mountain
KALNA–the Giri Govardhana Temple, built to resemble a very fantastical mountain
KALNA–creatures and gurus are frolicking all over the boulder-like roof...weird!
KALNA–creatures and gurus are frolicking all over the boulder-like roof...weird!
KALNA–unsophisticated but powerful life-size scenes of Krishna’s life are inside
KALNA–unsophisticated but powerful life-size scenes of Krishna’s life are inside
KALNA–Krishna and his father escape from a Naga by following the yellow dog to safety
KALNA–Krishna and his father escape from a Naga by following the yellow dog to safety
KALNA–an open arcaded building for reading the Gitas
KALNA–an open arcaded building for reading the Gitas
KALNA–enigmatic scene on one of the pillars
KALNA–enigmatic scene on one of the pillars
KALNA–beautiful variety of textures in the terracotta decoration
KALNA–beautiful variety of textures in the terracotta decoration
KALNA–I was reminded of Medieval gargoyles in Gothic cathedrals of Europe
KALNA–I was reminded of Medieval gargoyles in Gothic cathedrals of Europe
KALNA–at the doorway of the Lalji compound
KALNA–at the doorway of the Lalji compound
KALNA–a mobile shrine on the street, probably used in some particular festival
KALNA–a mobile shrine on the street, probably used in some particular festival
KALNA–the 108 Shiva Temple is unusual in being built of two concentric circles of small shrines
KALNA–the 108 Shiva Temple is unusual in being built of two concentric circles of small shrines
KALNA–each of the 108 shrines contains a lingam, the symbol of Lord Shiva–alternating white...
KALNA–each of the 108 shrines contains a lingam, the symbol of Lord Shiva–alternating white...
KALNA–...and black.
KALNA–...and black.
KALNA–the inner circle of the 108 Shiva Temple
KALNA–the inner circle of the 108 Shiva Temple
KALNA–temple priest walks by the terracotta decorated shrines
KALNA–temple priest walks by the terracotta decorated shrines
KALNA–ahh, the kids are everywhere
KALNA–ahh, the kids are everywhere
KALNA–slightly overloaded transport boat on the river
KALNA–slightly overloaded transport boat on the river
CHINSURA–we are greeted by a nearly life-size figure of Kaalrati, an avatar of the Great Goddess Durga
CHINSURA–we are greeted by a nearly life-size figure of Kaalrati, an avatar of the Great Goddess Durga
CHINSURA–residents are happy to see the visitors
CHINSURA–residents are happy to see the visitors
CHINSURA–the yellow dog looks a little uncertain about us
CHINSURA–the yellow dog looks a little uncertain about us
CHINSURA–an old Dutch cemetery from the 17th-18th centuries still holds the remains of unfortunate Dutchmen who died here
CHINSURA–an old Dutch cemetery from the 17th-18th centuries still holds the remains of unfortunate Dutchmen who died here
CHINSURA–the town specializes in furniture construction
CHINSURA–the town specializes in furniture construction
CHINSURA–a selection of shrines intended for private homes spreads out on the sidewalk
CHINSURA–a selection of shrines intended for private homes spreads out on the sidewalk
CHINSURA–gateway of the Hooghly Imambara, a combination mosque and meeting hall
CHINSURA–gateway of the Hooghly Imambara, a combination mosque and meeting hall
CHINSURA–constructed between 1841 and 1861, the building has a large courtyard with a fish tank
CHINSURA–constructed between 1841 and 1861, the building has a large courtyard with a fish tank
CHINSURA–although somewhat run down, the building still exhibits some of its former magnificence
CHINSURA–although somewhat run down, the building still exhibits some of its former magnificence
CHANDANNAGAR–nice 19th century pavilion at the riverside
CHANDANNAGAR–nice 19th century pavilion at the riverside
CHANDANNAGAR–smaller, greener, cleaner than most of the towns along the river
CHANDANNAGAR–smaller, greener, cleaner than most of the towns along the river
CHANDANNAGAR–a gentleman outside his home welcomes the visitors
CHANDANNAGAR–a gentleman outside his home welcomes the visitors
CHANDANNAGAR–fixing a flat on the family’s livlihood
CHANDANNAGAR–fixing a flat on the family’s livlihood
CHANDANNAGAR–18th century Church of the Sacred Heart, built by the French when they controlled the regtion
CHANDANNAGAR–18th century Church of the Sacred Heart, built by the French when they controlled the regtion
CHANDANNAGAR–fisherman
CHANDANNAGAR–fisherman
SERAMPORE–a well-cared for shrine to Ganesh is at the boat landing
SERAMPORE–a well-cared for shrine to Ganesh is at the boat landing
SERAMPORE–a collection of deities, among them Kali and Shiva, are mobile effigies for processions during festivals
SERAMPORE–a collection of deities, among them Kali and Shiva, are mobile effigies for processions during festivals
SERAMPORE–Flagstaff House, the British Governor’s estate during British rule
SERAMPORE–Flagstaff House, the British Governor’s estate during British rule
SERAMPORE–a once-lush garden is behind the Flagstaff House
SERAMPORE–a once-lush garden is behind the Flagstaff House
SERAMPORE–small sampan-like boats: we were told they are used for trysts on the river
SERAMPORE–small sampan-like boats: we were told they are used for trysts on the river
KOLKATA–formerly Calcutta, opened in 1992 the Vidyasagar Bridge: the longest cable-stayed bridge in India
KOLKATA–formerly Calcutta, opened in 1992 the Vidyasagar Bridge: the longest cable-stayed bridge in India
KOLKATA–a massive city, with over 14 million in the metropolitan area, Kolkata is known as the cultural capital of India
KOLKATA–a massive city, with over 14 million in the metropolitan area, Kolkata is known as the cultural capital of India