Saturday, October 29, 2011

Street Food in Kolkata

Kolkata is food lover's paradise. Not only do you get some of the best cooked food in world but you also find a variety of Street Food all across the cities. These street food are so delicious that you simply ca't ignore them. If you are new to this City then let me tell you that not all street food are prepared with good sanitation. You need to know the perfect places and the hubs to get everything at a compact locations. In this post I am going to explain to you some of the street foods in Kolkata and also mention the top locations to experience them.

Puchka/ Panipuri - The Puchka is probably the most important street food of all times. It's called Panipuri or Golgappa in several parts of India but out here in Calcutta you get to have the most delicious ones. It's got an outer roundish shell made of fried potatos. Inside you have a stuffing of some mashed potato with a large dip of sweet and sour water. It's simply delicious and you can have as many as 20 at one go. Sometimes you will find Dahi Puchka which are generally heavier than the normal ones as the sour water is replaced by curd from inside.
Puchka in Kolkata

Bhel Puri - A mixture of Puffed Rice and sweet & sour sauces. It is topped with what we call as Bhujia. generally puffed rice is served in folded magazine papers with a wood spoon. Yummy and delicious.

Chaat - The mixture of all things spicy and topped with curd. Serverd in plasitic plates. My suggestion is that you should try a Chaat at Haldirams. One is located in South Calcutta near BallyGaunge. Another near the Exide Crossing in Park Circus and finally one very close to the Airport near VIP ROAD, Kaikhali.

Papdi Chat 

For all other Junk food as mentioned above go to either Out-Trum Ghat or Vivekananda Park. You can even experiece in the Swimming Pool Area of Salt Lake.  Have them and feel the taste of Bengal.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Kolkata and the Bridges

If you travel the entire Indian subcontinent you may come across various landscapes and natural beauty that catches your eyes. But you may not be satisfied to see the modern urban development compared to most of your countries. Then as you visit the hoogly river an extension of the ganges you find something truely spectacular the Howrah and the hoogly bridges connecting Howrah with kolkata. The howrah bridge was built by the british and is over 100 years old while the hoogly bridge was built and launched in 10th october 1992. The hoogly bridge also called the Vidyasagar setu has more modern look and it truely is an engineering marvel. Go to Princep ghat where you can get a good glimpse of the Hoogly bridge. However for a view of the Howrah bridge you need to go to Millenium park. from both these places you have ferry services connecting to parts of calcutta and Howrah.
The Hoogly Bridge also called Vidyasagar Setu.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Mountain Travel tips

If you are planning to go for  a mountain travel experience or a convenient. Remember most of us stay in places close to the river and we sometimes find it very difficult to adopt to the hilly areas and as a result of this the trip becomes less enjoyable and more of a burden. so follow these steps to stay well and enjoy the scenic beauty of the mountain and the valeys.

1) Always carry enough water when you go for mountain hiking and even visiting hilly areas. Remember that at high altitudes oxygen level is very less and your body uses most of its energy pretty fast than usual. So water can be used to restore minerals and vitamins from time to time keeping ou energized.

2) While going uphill or downhill in a car or bus, some of us have a tendency to feel sick and vomit and even suffer from nausea. If you are such a person then carry some cloves and place it in your mouth when you feel like vomiting. I gurantee that you will never vomit.

3) Going for mountain sightseeing means it ts obvious that your skin will get dry from time to time. Always carry moisturizers and cream to soothen you skin from getting rough.

4) While travelling in mountain areas apart from travelling in cars and buses you also have to walk long distances iin very rugged terrain. So it is very essential to carry a good pair of shoes to make you more comfortable while travelling. Please don't wear sleepers , if you take my advise i like wearing woodland shoes.

5) Lastly if you suffer from asthma or any other heart disease it is mandatory for you to carry your inhaler and take necessary medications from time to time. Also don't forget to carry a good set of sunglasses as the rays of the sun at high altitude have more UV than at ground level.

If you follow these steps then mountain journeys and travelling will not be hctic for you anymore.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011


Inside palace on wheels
If you want to experience Rajasthan like a maharaja, being a maharaja, that too moving and never stagnent then you should definitely opt for PALACE ON WHEELS. It is the most luxurious train originally built by the maharaja of Mewar. The train has been modified to meet the modern day requirements. The fully air conditioned train comes with two restaurents inside and a bar. The workers are at your service 24*7. The trip starts from Delhi and returns to the same in 7 days. Along the whole week it covers Jodhpur, Udaipur, Mewar, Agra etc. Truely riding the palace on wheels is a ride of a lifetime. Tariffs starts at $450 and upward inclusive of all sightseeing and fooding. Extra charges for drinks in the lounge bar.  To know more please visit

Saturday, December 25, 2010

25th adventure PARK STREET

9 pegs of whiskey and i was still walking. Deep drove and after leaving my friends at XRONG place and park street, i met some advocates. We drank a lot and i think a women jst puked in the toilet. I wonder why SOME PLACE ELSE was so empty. The most clever thing we learnt is to park the car in PARK HOTEL when you have park street full with carrs and people.

Thursday, October 28, 2010


the five of us including the driver near ROHTANG PASS
Shimla is a prace around 300 km away from delhi. It is basically a hill station and is one of the most popular holiday destinations in INDIA. We the members of adventure assassins recently made a trip to shimla and Manali and were thrilled but the adventures we had. We started our trip on DAY 1 by taking the train Rajdhani express which leaves Sealdah station at 4.30 PM. We reached Delhi the next day at 10.30 AM. it takes 18 hours by train and 2 hours by flight to reach Delhi. When we arrived in Delhi the temperature outside pretty hot somewhat around 49 degree celcius. We soon got inside our car and started our 8 hour long road trip to shimla. We reached Shimla at 10 PM that night and we haulted for lunch at Chandigarh. The days in Shimla were awsome and we really enjoyed the sight seeing there , the mall road , the terrain , the people all of it. We also visited a place called Kufri near Shimla and i did some horse riding myself. After 2 days we started our journey for Manali, the road is awsome and hardly makes you feel climbing the rugged terrain. Manali takes 10 hours from shimla by car and we stayed there for 4 days. The favourite part of the trip was our visit to ROHTANG PASS . It was snowing and the view is breathtaking. Finally the hardest part of the journey was yet to come, returning to DELHI from MANALI. We drove 17 hours with adequate stops for food and other necessaties. Overall the trip was highly adventurous and a great success for the club.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010


Road trips are very interesting and they often lead to discovering new places and scenery, seeing roads endlessly going through the unknown lands of your country is simply amazing. We hit the roads pretty often and i would like to share with you some of the tips and tricks with which you can make your experience a lot better.

1) SELECTING CAR - When you are selecting the car for your road trip, i know there is not much choice but to take your house car. Well the ideal car for road trips are SUV's as they have better grip, bigger room space for you to relax, spaces in the back to take all your necessary belongings. Due to the bigger tire base of the SUV's they tend to stick to the road pretty well. The engines of any standard SUV is optimized to run for a long period of time and are far more reliable. RANGE ROVERS or LAND ROVERS are some of the SUV's used by professional adventure groups and are often broadcasted in th discovery channel. Well if for any reason you don't get a SUV then please don't panic you can use Sedans and hatchbacks as well but make sure you carry extra tires, mobil and give your car some rest periodically after driving 4-5 hours.

2)MAKE YOUR BAG PACK - It is very important that all members of the road trip should carry their own bag pack. Your ideal bag should not be something as big as a ruck sack but should be of a size that makes you comfortable to carry it around. But a toilet bag and take your brush toothpaste, important medications, some first  aid stuff like band-aid, savlon, anti-septic cream etc. the other important thing that goes in your bag pack is a pair of clothes just in case you need it, some shots so that you can wear them when you wanna make yourself comfortable in the car and a bottle of water. Make sure your bag pack has these key items and the rest is up to you. For Example i take my camcorder, camera i pod, and my fried pal takes his laptop so we are pretty much connected to the world even when we are in the middle of the unknown.

3)RESEARCH AND PLAN - Last but no into the least plan your road trip beforehand. I know its cool when you see in the movies that people just takes off for a journey but trust me its not that simple and without effective planning you can get into a lot of trouble. Search the web, search google maps and find places to eat and halt beforehand and calculate the journey time, when to start etc. If you are going without a driver then make sure all of you takes turns and drive , a 100km each person.

mostly drive cautiously as highway driving may look easy but is a lot difficult. We the members of ADVENTURE ASSASSINS promise you that if you follow these tips you will have a smooth and pleasant journey.