Friday, February 24, 2017

Last Day of the Tour

February 5, 2017:  On this last day of the Road Scholar tour, we took our bus from our Kolkata Hotel across the Hooghlie River to Howrah.

Along the way we passed what we thought was a demonstration, but which turned out to be the filming of a demonstration.

We also passed the High Court of West Bengal.

Our destination in Howrah was the Ramakrishna Mission, on the grounds of which is the Belur Math temple (shown above). According to Wikipedia, "The Math and the Mission are the two key organisations that direct the work of the socio-religious Ramakrishna movement influenced by 19th-century saint Ramakrishna Paramahamsa and founded by his chief disciple Vivekananda."

Photographs of Vivekananda as a young man

Huge dahlias along a wall

Gazing from the ghat, across the hazy Hooghlie River toward Kolkata

Returning to Kolkata, we were lucky to gain admittance to Eden Gardens Cricket Stadium which, with a seating capacity of 110,000, is the second largest in the world. Two local teams were playing, and admission was free. A charming end to a great tour!

For the next few weeks, I'll be posting photos from throughout our trip, focusing in more detail on themes and locales than I've done in the chronological survey. 

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