It’s the last day of my solo travel in India adventurous trip. I have spent 2 weeks in this amazing and unique country, and today I’ll fly to Myanmar, the land I’m more curious to know about. I don’t know much about this country. I just dream about it and all the temples of Bagan.
My flight is at 2 AM, so I still have time to visit something on my last day. I walked to Birla Mandir Kolkata. It was a long walk that wasn’t much worth it. When I arrived at this magnificent temple, it was closed. I couldn’t get inside. I was really disappointed as I have walked for more than 30 min just to see the outside. It looks really beautiful and I would love to see it fully. It’s the 1st temple all in white I had seen so far. Anyway, I took my pictures from the outside. This was my last spot in Kolkata. Then I leave the city towards the airport.
I search that Dakshineswar Kali Temple is kind of on my way to the airport, so I decided to visit it before going to the airport and wait for hours, so I went with my backpack. This temple looked really nice on the web, but in real life, it’s not so impressive. I thought I could spend there some time, but I didn’t take long during this visit. There is absolutely NO TOURIST HERE! I mean there is almost nothing nearby also. You need to leave everything in the locker rooms, even your shoes. I went to the line for 2 different times and every time I had something I couldn’t bring with me. This was already annoying me. I couldn’t even bring my power bank…
Inside there isn’t much to see. It is a small place. It’s close to the river, which is nice, but this time I can’t stay to appreciate the view as the sun is going down and I don’t want to walk alone in India’s streets by the night. As I don’t have any mobile data or APP, I approach a guest house so they can help me call an Uber to the airport.
This temple goes across very tight streets and not many cars can enter them, and that was a problem. I was kind of nervous as it was already totally dark and there I am in the streets of India in a place where you don’t see any tourist at all. Of course, I started overthinking. Luckily, I found the help of a very nice guesthouse owner that called the Uber for me on this phone and I waited there with him, at the door, for this cab. This car was never showing up, he exchanged a few calls with the driver to check where he is. As the street don’t have much access, the car can’t go in there. Now, how will I find this car if I don’t even request him on my phone? This guy was super, super nice and told one of this staff members to take me to the uber. I felt kind of stressed as I will need to go with this guy don’t know exactly where, but I feel like I can trust him, so I follow. We walked for 10 min. I was all the time asking him if we are far, so this guy felt I’m nervous. But he was nice and was smiling while answering that it’s not much longer. Those streets are really crowded typical Indian streets.
We reach the main street. There was so much going on in that street that now I’m really starting to feel stressed. He was calling this guy, we were walking from side to side without spotting him… Finally, we spot the car. This Indian guy takes me there with a smile on his face, shows me the car ID so I can check it’s the car we ordered before and tells me to be careful. I thank him for being so gentle.
Now that I’m writing about it, it really looks like a situation where things could go wrong. It would just take a bad intentionally guy and I was screwed as I don’t know where he is taking me and where I am. I simply trusted him. But I’m glad I did.
I reach the airport and wait there for 5H for my flight. That’s the end of my solo travel in India!
Goodbye India, you were the biggest challenge of my life. I loved to meet you and your people.