If you want to visit Kolkata, winter definitely is the best time. You don’t sweat even if you have to walk for a long time, the sky is at its bluest, and of course, it is the best time to have spicy food!
One of the places, I eagerly look forward to visiting in winter is old Chinatown near Poddar Court, to have the Chinese breakfast.
Chinatown! In Kolkata? And Old Chinatown? Is there a New China Town too?
Yes indeed. In fact, in whole of India there is only one China Town, and that is in Kolkata. Wikipedia states that Chinese carpenters used to stay in the present Bow Bazaar area since 1850s. Though majority of the Chinese population in Kolkata has recently shifted to Tangra, which is called Chinatown nowadays, there are a few who still reside in and around Tiretti Bazaar, near Poddar Court.
And in this bazaar, for years now, every morning few Chinese families set up shop right on the street, to sell typical Chinese food like Dim sums, Bao (Bun filled with meatballs), meatballs in clear soup, Momos etc. I love visiting the place occasionally for a hearty breakfast.The best time to visit is on a Sunday by 7 a.m. because the stalls usually wind up by 9 a.m. The food is extremely good and my friend and food blogger Yummraj certifies that the food is at par with what he has had in China!
I am told that earlier the entire street had stalls like these, but now it has come down to a handful of people, carrying on the tradition. This is a result of the emigration of most of the younger generation of the community to countries like Canada and Australia, in search of greener pastures.
Here are few of the photographs I clicked during my visit last Sunday at Tiretti Bazaar (Old China Town).
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Wow! Great report, excellent imagery. Loved this
Thanks a lot Alessandro, for taking your time out to visit my blog, and for your wonderful comments!
Informative and, as always, really nice photos to tell your story.
Thank you SO much, Swati Di!
very nice shots! 🙂 Congrats!
Thanks a lot Cristian!!! Really appreciate your visit and your comments!
you’re very welcome! 🙂
You have captured some funny expressions here. Last one is my favorite.
Thanks a ton!! Really appreciate it!
The black and white photos seem to capture the mood better!
Thank YOU!!! will keep that in mind.
Love your photographs! Wow, China Town in Kolkata! Must be a feast of culture!
Thanks a lot for visting my blog and for liking my clicks! yes, indeed, if not a feast, definitely small portions of different cultures 🙂
You have a real gift concerning photography. The black and white photos are remarkable. Keep it up. HF
thank you SO much…for taking the trouble to visit my blog and your encouragement!
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I love the photojournalism 🙂
thank you so much! 🙂
Well captured .
Your photos are amazing!
thank you SO much!! 🙂
Hehe, sneaky shots 😀
yes indeed…thats the advantage of having a telephoto lens…you can peek without looking like a sneak 🙂