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Sheila's Guide to Fast & Easy Kolkata/Calcutta
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Kolkata/Calcutta, and all of India, can be dirty, hot, congested, chaotic; has heart-wrenching poverty, some of the worst roads in the world, and demands patience along with constant vigilance regarding water and food but Kolkata is also one of Travels With Sheila's favorite cities. Kolkata is also regarded as India's intellectual and cultural capital, filled with an abundance of colonial architecture! If you find that hard to believe, cheer on the horses at the venerable Royal Calcutta Turf Club, built in 1820; smell the roses in The Kolkata Wholesale Flower Market; explore the Kumartuli District where sculptors fashion gigantic effigies of gods; visit Hindu Temples, Churches and Synagogues; eat wonderful food; and while walking sandals into the ground, prepare to see even more! Let Travels With Sheila teach you how to Travel the World on a Budget, share exotic locations with you known only to locals, and most importantly, ease your fears about languages, currencies, personal safety and staying healthy. Follow her advice to avoid making mistakes she learned the hard way. HERE'S SOME OF THE INFORMATION YOU'LL FIND INSIDE... - Important Tips for Traveling in India. - The Dos and Don'ts of Planning A Trip to Kolkata. - How to See The Best of Kolkata. Now, Travels With Sheila tells it like it is with personalized, up-to-date information and photographs. If you want to get the most bang for your buck, be catered to like a Maharajah or Rani, and see some of the most unusual sights in the world, visit Kolkata. Your first experience will overload senses, and appear to be an exercise in chaos, BUT...you'll be back to visit -- India is one of the most colorful and interesting countries in the world.
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Sheila Simkin, a native Chicagoan, has been traveling the world since 1960. The travel bug first hit on her honeymoon in Miami. Fidel Castro had just taken over Cuba and lured by rock-bottom prices, Sheila sweet-talked her ex-husband into abandoning Miami for Cuba. That marked the beginning of her lifetime travel passion and addiction. There are very few countries that are not on her to-see list no matter how remote and/or difficult they may be with many, "What was I thinking of" moments in hindsight. The U.S. State Department recognizes 193 independent countries and she has visited over 150 in over 40 years of travel (but...who's counting). Touring, hiking, trekking, rafting, snowshoeing, skiing, volunteering on archaeological digs, family trips and, she must admit, occasionally sitting on a beach and compulsively shopping. Her goal is to encourage you to take the big step and travel to more exotic, remote destinations with tips, anecdotes and reassurance that, yes, you will come back alive. Visit her "travelswithsheila" channel on YouTube to watch over 1,400 videos filmed around the world and covering the gamut from taking a cruise to camping in Egypt's desert, food (fried tarantulas, anyone?), sights and even instructions on how to navigate subways in Paris and Beijing. All Travels With Sheila Guides will tell you the truth, and only the whole truth, about each country and whether sights are a hit, or a miss. Follow Sheila's advice to avoid making mistakes she learned the hard way. For example, not knowing that an important piece of equipment when camping or trekking is...an AIR MATTRESS? A never to be forgotten experience spent in a sleeping bag on the cold, hard ground of Nepal. And what kind of crazy idiot goes trekking in Siberia and gets lost? Really...lost in Siberia? Only Sheila. Happy traveling!

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