Nevertheless, the day was not wasted for we were able to see where Mother Theresa was laid to rest. For experience, we rode in a human-drawn tuktuk for 50 INR. Once we started moving, I was quickly reminded of our local version of pedicab. However, the former was more humane as it was like riding a sidecar. The latter gave off a unique experience but I am not recommending it as a means of living.
Upon reaching Mother Teresa Missionaries of Charity Motherhouse, we were greeted by praying nuns and lingering tourists. There was no fee to enter the premises but photo-taking was limited to a certain area only.
I did not realize how significant that visit was as I was humbled by the mere presence of Mother Teresa's spirit. We gave a few minutes of our time to admire and appreciate the opportunity given to us. It was not everyday that I was given the chance to be this close to a person, living or gone, who have influenced millions by the way they lived their lives.
Kolkata used to be called Calcutta. The anglicized version of the city's name is more familiar to me. Calcutta was the city's official name until 2001 when it was changed to Kolkata to suit the Bengali pronunciation.
|Victoria Hall Facade|
As the day dragged on, I was beginning to feel sad as we were leaving India that same night. I had mixed feelings about our two-week stay in this wonderful country as I never expected much. All along I have always associated India with Taj Mahal only. I was proven wrong once I set foot here. There is more than meets the eye. It is possible to fall in love with India over and over again. I am sure that once I come back here, it will still feel like my first time.
|The gorgeous Kolkata Airport|
So long India!
Other parts in this series
Part 1 How to Apply for an Indian Tourist Visa
Part 2 Smyle Inn :-)
Part 3 Karan's Guesthouse: Your Home in Jaipur
Part 4 Kolkata's Sunny Sunflower Guesthouse
Part 5 Goa's Little Secret
Part 6 One Night in Kuala Lumpur
Part 7 Brave in Bangalore
Part 8 The Ghost of Goa
Part 9 Magnificent Mumbai
Part 10 What to Wear in India for Women Travelers
Part 11 Romantic Udaipur
Part 12 Israel, Morocco and the Fort of Chittorgarh
Part 13 Pondering in the Pink City
Part 14 New Delhi Baby!
Part 15 The Red Fort
Part 16 Whirling Emotions
Part 17 Varanasi's Traditions
Part 18 You are on it!
Part 19 Off to Pattaya!
Part 20 India Trip at a Glance
Part 21 India Trip Backpacking Expenses