moving to kolkata for about 6 months
a_o
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#1
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moving to kolkata for about 6 months

Hi all,
i will move to Kolkata because of my job for six months starting in april. I will be residing in a guest house of the company (near salt lake city / rajarhat).

  • I will be there during summer and monsoon. I`ve been a few times and india, but only during winter time. Any special hints regarding monsoon?
  • Water & Food: How can i be sure to get clean food and water (at home and out)?
  • Public Transport / car / taxi / motor rikshaw: Any hints on that for this city? How expensive is it to rent a car and driver for the time i am there? What are the usual taxi / rikshaw fees?


Thank you in advance for your help ;-)

a_o

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#2
| Nil
Ok here you go ...
- Once you are in the city (or before you pack), get yourself a pair of rubber - high ankle boots to wade with ease through the (in- case of heavy rains) water logged streets. Other Wise (for summer & monsoon) Umbrella's a must.
- Water & food is generally good, again would surely depend on which part of town you are staying or where you are eating...
You can always ask your office guest house to provide you boiled drinking water.
- Try & avoid buses (they are for the experienced), Taxi's would be Rs 20 per Km, there are meter's with each. Rickshaws are cheap - but for short distances only, negotiable rates are applicable, suggest ask any local before you board one.

Hope this helps...

Regards
Nil
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#3
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Hi Nil,
thank you very much for your answer.
Ok, rubbber boots... will see how i will look like then in office ;-)
I will stay near salt lake / rajarhat... I have some further questions on the topics....

Why should i avoid busses? Too dangerous... or do i need to talk bengali to be able to go by bus / get a ticket? do you know how expensive it is to rent a car with a driver?

Regarding food: is there any shops / supermarkets kind of thing in the part of the city where i am stayin?
Any suggestions for restaurants?
I know that i cannot drink tap water... any suggestions on that (purification)?

Cheers

a_o
#4
| Hati Hati

Originally posted by: a_o View Post

Hi Nil,
thank you very much for your answer.
Ok, rubbber boots... will see how i will look like then in office ;-)
I will stay near salt lake / rajarhat... I have some further questions on the topics....

Why should i avoid busses? Too dangerous... or do i need to talk bengali to be able to go by bus / get a ticket? do you know how expensive it is to rent a car with a driver?


The buses are usually crowded and not comfortable. If your accomodation and office is a short distance from each other then a bus will be waste of time as you will have to wait - they usually donot follow a punctual timetable. For short distances along a partcular route(specially in the rajarhat/saltlake area) an autorickshaw is best. A car and driver for a day will cost around Rs 800.

Regarding food: is there any shops / supermarkets kind of thing in the part of the city where i am stayin?
Any suggestions for restaurants?
I know that i cannot drink tap water... any suggestions on that (purification)?

Cheers

a_o


There are quite a few. look for the City Center I and City Center II for a start.
#5
| Nil
That covers most of it ...

just to add..

saltlake / rajarhat is one end of Kolkata - kinda aloof a quieter part of the city - away from the central region, but the hub of all IT professionals so there are lots of good restaurants (& pubs ;)) around that place, & City center 1 & 2 are malls, which can fulfill most of your needs.. auto-rickshaws are plenty & rates are fixed (negligible) & cycle/paddle - rickshaws are also plenty with negotiable fares... rs 800 /day is around the required fare for booking an Indica or Ambassador within the city limits (say within 70- 80 Km of travel)

Well water , ahem im a Bong (bengali) by heart & faith so, would'nt say its not drinkable but again would suggest boiling the same..

Also, my office is here.. lemme know if you need any help 9830111656.

Regards
Nil
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ao... have you experienced the monsoons in india before ?
it either pours or you have a torrential downpour... no pitter patter nor drizzle
make sure you pack a pair of rain pants + rain jacket...

20L jars of filtered water are available - if it is more convenient to you.
they can be refilled from the same dealer you get the first jar from... call them up - home delivery.

depending on the tolerance of your digestive tract - best to eat food in 'well-known' restaurants / eateries... if not at home.
do not experiment with food from any and everywhere.

if health permits - soak in the rain during the weekends :)
we used to walk all over calcutta every monsoon - nothing like a good drench ;)

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do have fun during the weekends!
will not bother you with pictures of them flooded streets [happy]




:brishti


*courtesy
#7
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thank you all for your suggestions!
#8
| Senior Member


[*] I will be there during summer and monsoon. I`ve been a few times and india, but only during winter time. Any special hints regarding monsoon?


Yes, always carry an umbrella!!!

[*] Water & Food: How can i be sure to get clean food and water (at home and out)?


I always drink bottled water or filtered water from home, as I have been given pure pond water (without me knowing about it) once...food, its not bad, just be careful


[*] Public Transport / car / taxi / motor rikshaw: Any hints on that for this city? How expensive is it to rent a car and driver for the time i am there? What are the usual taxi / rikshaw fees?



I only avoid the taxi's, mainly because I am not 100% knowledgeable in the area. I usually take the bus, rickshaws, and autos. I don't have a problem taking the bus, it should be ok as long as you know where you are going. There is also the Metro, but that is not in the Salt Lake Area. All the auto rickshaws usually have certain routes they ply on. The fare can be anywhere from 3-5 rupees, to about 8-10 rupees, depending on how far you are travelling.

a_o


~ Stephanie ~

p.s. if you want to get together with any other expats while you are here do let me know :)
#9
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Originally posted by: a_o View Post

thank you all for your suggestions!

hey ao.
I am also from germany coming to Kolkata in 2 weeks( may 2010) for work. I am planing to stay for about 2 years.
Would be great to meet there!
regards,
verena

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