20th November 2010 – 469 miles
Today we did nothing but drive, drive and drive some more.
Unfortunately, due to time constraints we could not visit Kolkata, India’s second-largest city and locally regarded as the intellectual and cultural capital of the nation – home to Nobel Prize winning poet Rabindranath Tagore and celebrated film director Satyajit Ray.
So as to by-pass the city of Kolkata, we took a turn-off for the India-Bangladesh border via Kalyani Bridge, which felt like an eternity to reach.
When we eventually got to the border at Petrapole, we could not find a half-decent place to stay. Having asked around, we checked-in to the supposedly best place in town, which by our standards was the worst place that we stayed throughout our overland journey.
The only solace in the situation was the hope that we would reach Dhaka tomorrow!