you have landed in Delhi, you’ll have to take a taxi pre-paid
and we recommend you to take a "Delhi Traffic Police Prepaid Taxi".
If you can book your hotel from your country is better than to arrive
there without one, because they will try to take you somewhere expensive
or where they will try to make you paid 2500 rs instead of 100 which
is its price. If the taxi driver insists tell him than you have a date
with some friends there, and you can not change the place.
Almost all of the volunteers sleep in the hotels placed around Sudder
Street. There are very cheap hotels. The price do not includes the breakfast.
Hotel Paragon & Hotel Maria, are the favourites.
Hotel Paragon: Tel. (00 91) 244 2445, 2 Stuart Lane.
Hotel Maria: Tel. (00 91) 245 0860, close to the Hotel Paragon.
Modern Lodge: Tel.(00 91) 243 4690, 1 Stuart Lane.
Salvation Army: Tel. (00 91) 245 0599, 2 Sudder Street.
As you can not eat in the hotels of Sudder Street, you can go to several
occidental restaurants with nice menus of rice, spaghetti, "nans"
(flour with cheese), "lassies" (milk shakes), pizza, etc.Another
choice is to buy fruit in New Market and eat it in the terrace of the
JoJo's Restaurant: in Stuart Lane, in front of Hotel Maria
Blue Sky: close to Stuart Lane, on the right hand of Sudder Street
Zurich: In the corner of Sudder Street with Chowringhee Lane
Befote going to India you must be vaccined of: Tétanos, Yellow
fever, Hepatítis A & B, Cólera and paludism. You will
have to bring the certify with you. And these vaccines must be taken
3 weeks before going.
To travel to India is required a visa, available for 6 months.
We recommend you the Lonely Planet (Ed. Kairos): North INDIA one. It’s
MC HOUSES IN CALCUTTA:
- NIRMAL HRIDAY
Nirmal Hriday (the House of the Pure Heart) is a house for dying people
semidetached to Kali temple. It was the first of the MC Houses founded
in 1952 and this is the place where is condensed Mother Teresa message:
to love the poorest of the poor, to let the people who is going to dye,
dye with a smile in their faces, and feeling loved. Volunteers, under
the supervision of the MC Sisters, should clean, feed and help sick
people, wash their clothes, given them some massages, etc. Patients
are divided in 2 areas, in order to their sex. Is recommended to wear
clinic gloves (there are not). Nirmal Hriday is in the underground stop:
Kalighat, 6 stops from Park Street one (5 minutes far from Sudder Street).
3 Rs is the price.
Nabo Jibon is a house carried out by the MC Brothers; they take care
of orphan mentally handicapped children. There are only accepted male
volunteers. On Sunday the children of the street come to take a bath
in the house and to play with the volunteers. In this case, female volunteers
are also accepted to help there. Nabo Jibon is in Howrah, in Talam Tala
district, 20 minutes far from the railway station. You can take the
bus 75B from Howrah Station, or the bus 26 from Esplanade.
SHISHU BABA OF BOSE ROAD
The “Shishu Baba” of Bose Road is an orphanage close to
Mother House. In this house the MC Sisters take care of children from
0 to 6 years old, mentally and physically handicapped children and undernourished
children. This house is just for female volunteers and is also opened
during the evenings (15:00 h.-17:00 h.).