“ICS Bucket List”: We asked our staff for their Bucket List – what have they always planned to do and where would they like to go on their ultimate adventure in 2014?
Howard Campbell – Regional Director, Cambodia says “To visit gothic graveyards and colonial clubs!”
“Kolkata was the seat of the British Raj and is a city I have always wanted to visit. I find it fascinating that in just one city some of the most exceptional colonial-era architecture in all of Asia can be found.
Kolkata is best explored by foot so I would choose to wander the streets to find the gothic-style Calcutta High Court, the cantilever Howrah Bridge, St John’s Church, the redbrick Writers’ Building and the sombre Park Street Cemetery where once grand tombs of the British bigwigs of the 18th and 19th centuries are now diminished by moss and erosion.
I would stay in the 19th century Oberoi Grand, fondly referred to as the ‘Grande Dame of Chowringhee’. With a neo-classical facade and grand pillared entrance it reflects the city’s colonial history perfectly.
I also want to visit the hill station of Darjeeling to see the mock-tudor residences, the Raj Bhawan and the Planters Club. And of course I would have to spend time at the tea estates sampling what is often called the most expensive and exotically flavoured tea in the world. Then in the early hours of the morning I would take a jeep out to Tiger Hill to watch the changing colours of the dawn over the Himalayas!”