Back in 2012, friend Tim and I made our first trip together. We were thrown together by the circumstance of a failed Tour that Tim was involved in planning with a couple of friends. Tim and I had become friends through working on opposite sides of the table on a Consulting contract at one of Thailand's banks. When this traveling opportunity came up we decided to take the risk of traveling together based on some mutual respect gained from broad discussions during many Bangkok street food excursions at lunch breaks from our work.
So the broad idea was to fly to Kolkata, make a connection to Bagdogra, meet a Guide with a car&driver, spend about 8 days traveling around the Far NE of India, especially in the little known region of Sikkim [an independent Kingdom like Bhutan, until annexed into the British Empire around 1890], then return home via Kolkata. Flight connection complexities offered us a few free hours in Kolkata at the start and finish of the Tour...this series deals with the first of those Kolkata windows.
0600 Kolkata...we have had a couple of hours of sleep in a strange little hotel, and are up early so that we can execute a lightning tour of this vast city before our lunchtime flight to places North. Here is Tim offering an introductory Map-reading Course to the hotel's security staff and bellhop, and to the Ambassador taxi driver we have dragged into our orbit. After some hilarious missteps, we engage the taxi driver to take us to the airport via a scenic route that will take about 5 hours instead of the normal 45 minutes.
Why don't you tuck into a hearty breakfast and then join us...
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