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    All These Colors Tour: India Part 17

    Sunday, September 30, 2012
    Kolkata, India

    A sari shop glows in the setting sunlight in Kolkata, India.

    Park Street Cemetery glows in the setting sunlight in Kolkata, India.

    A tight maze of huge monuments at Park Street Cemetery in Kolkata, India.

    A couple of good--but not great--pyramids at Park Street Cemetery in Kolkata, India.

    I walked East down Park Street today toward a new-to-me area to visit the Park Street Cemetery, a Christian graveyard that was built in the 1760s. As the evening sun filtered through a thick canopy of trees, I walked among a large collection of grand rotundas, obelisks and even a few pyramid-like structures that marked the graves of lives past–distant memories from a time when India was under British rule. Covered in moss and all packed together like sardines, the monuments formed the most unusual cemetery I’ve ever been in. Some might call it claustrophobic.

    A photographer's dream at Park Street Cemetary in Kolkata, India.

    An accidental cubist sign on Park Street in Kolkata, India.

    What's up, pup? Yet another picturesque street scene in Kolkata, India.

    The well-kept–if slightly shambling–grounds offered a tranquil escape from the bustle of the city. I even saw a few other tourists in there, which is kind of surprising, because it’s not really common to see any outside of the Sudder Street area. Heading back up Park Street to find some dinner, I was also blown away by the sparse sidewalk traffic down in that area, which is a welcome change from the chaos that plays out on many of Kolkata’s streets. I actually enjoyed a nice, relaxing stroll in this city, for once.

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    Words and photos ©2012 Arcane Candy.

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