Asia Journey travel blog

Flying Air Asia from KL to Calcutta (Kolkata)

Taxi (Ambassador car) across Calcutta from the airport to the bus station

The "Rocket" - luxury coach from Calcutta to Siliguri

The Calcutta smog - this is pollution, not fog

My luxurious sleeper berth...that cover is very, very nasty..

Dinner en route....

My dining companion....

In Siliguri, - shared jeep to Darjeeling. 11 people plus the driver...

Lunch...

A quick toilet stop at the bus station....no choice.....

There is a Toy Train between Siliguri and Darjeeling - narrow guage...

The petrol station had run out of petrol. We had to wait...

The Toy Train...

Which runs parallel to the road - not very scenic....


In my year off I've come to realize that more ofteh than not I enjoy the journey more than the destination. Arrival at my location is often an anti-climax. (I wonder if I have the same issues with relationships?).

The attached photos show one of my more memorable journeys - for its length, variety and places visited en route. In one non-stop journey spanning two days I undertook the following. Why? I wanted to visit Darjeeling to see the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute and stay in a Raj era hotel - I got sidetracked from Nepal to Tibet to China to KL, then Jakarta, so had to backtrack.....:

- Taxi from hotel in Jakarta (Indonesia) to Jakarta airport

- Air Asia flight from Jakarta to Kuala Lumpur airport

- Air Asia flight from KL to Kolkata (Calcutta), India

- Taxi across Calcutta - during rush hour - from the airport to the bus station

- Overnight sleeper bus - "The Rocket" - from Calcutta to Siliguri in West Bengal

- Shared jeep - with 10 other people - from Siliguri to Darjeeling.

- Collapsed into the Planters Club (Darjeeling Club).....

I think is my personal best for countries crossed/transport used on one continous journey.

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