Posted by: Thomas | August 15, 2008

Kolkata

The flight to Kolkata was at 9:00am and it took 2 hours and 30 minutes from Bangalore. We took a taxi from Kolkata airport to the hotel we were staying at. The taxis in Kolkata are very old and they are from 1960s. Everything in Kolkata is very old. The ITC Sonar Luxury Collection Hotel where we stayed was phenomenal. The staff was friendly and the ITC suite was great.

The first thing we did today was to visit Mother Teresa house, and her tomb. It was actually great experience to visit the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta house and to see the room very Mother Teresa worked and lived. She really lived a very simple life. It is amazing what she accomplished during her lifetime. For over 45 years she ministered to the poor, sick, dying, orphaned and people in need, while guiding the Missionaries of Charity’s expansion, first throughout India and then to other countries.

There was a small museum about Mother Teresa’s life and her accomplishments. One can also see her personal belongings such as her sandals, plates the she used when eating, her bag that she carried everywhere she went and she said that one should not go empty handed to the poor. Amazing experience. One can write a wish on a peace of paper and put on her tomb.

After visiting the house of Mother Teresa we walked around the city. The best way to explore the city is by walking. Kolkata or Calcutta is a very old and nice city with lots of friendly people. It is really old. We visited the bazaars, stores, etc. I really enjoyed and liked Kolkata. Below are some pictures from today.

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