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    Make A Plan: Head To The Lot 8 Jetty & Take A Boat Trip On The Bay Of Bengal

    Anuradha posted on 20 November

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    Trawlers, ferries and old boats, with a constant stream of people who live on the islands in the Sunderbans — the Hardwood Point jetty is a glimpse into another side of Kolkata.

    Gateway To Islands On The Bay

    Harwood Point, or Lot 8, is the jetty where people take a ferry to Ganga Sagar or Sagardwip, and to Ghoramara — two islands on the Sunderbans delta in the Bay of Bengal. Ghoramara is a tiny island which is quickly sinking due to rising sea water levels. Come here early and hav some breakfast at one of the many shacks lined up at the waterfront. You can take a cab or a bus from Esplanade — it is a three-hour rickety ride.

    Snack Shacks

    Like all good tea shacks in Bengal, the tea sellers here have an array of glass jars filled with biscuits in all kinds of shapes, sourced from local bakeries. I order a cup of tea, and pick out some biscuits to go with it, both savory and sweet.

    There are shacks selling the popular Bengali snack teley-bhaaja {fritters made of eggplants, onions, potatoes, pumpkins or cauliflowers dipped in a chickpea-flour coating}. The pumpkin fritters are heavenly with the batter peppered with kala jeera. You can also have some tangy jhaal muri – the muri seller will briskly mix sprouted legumes and puffed rice with chopped onions, cucumbers, tomatoes, and green chillies, and top it all up with a drizzle of mustard oil and salt. Or a plate of freshly cut fruits from teh vendors whose stalls heave with grapes, pomegranates, bananas, and guavas.

    Jugaad Vehicles & Cha-Biscoot

    Check out the line of improvised vehicles which stand on one side, made of wooden planks, old Jeep parts, and a diesel engine that looks like the front of a motorbike.

    As the sun rises up, take up a seat on one of the wooden benches. And order some milky and sweet tea, pick a biscuit {we loved the one embedded with nigella seeds} from the glass jars and dunk it in the tea and bite off a chunk as you look over the waters of the Bay.

    A Different World

    Over jhalmuri, biscuits, and fritters, listen to conversations aorund you. Some of the women may be teachers who traverse the chopy waters of the Bay every day to teach at the only school in Ghoramara. Or health workers at a government clinic. They have to skip school on rough weather days.

    The Abandoned Fishing Trawlers of Ghoramara

    If you can, make a trip to Ghoramara which once was a thriving community. It is now one of the small islands in the Bay of Bengal which is sinking due to rise in sea levels. Read more about it here.

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