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Kolkata (Calcutta)

Health & safety

Dangers & annoyances

Kolkata feels remarkably unthreatening. There’s a fair share of beggar-hassle around the tourist ghetto of Sudder St and some tourists have got into trouble there by accepting late-night invitations to sample drugs or girls – a dangerous idea in any city.

A more day-to-day worry is crossing the road: the mad traffic takes no prisoners. Pickpockets sometimes cruise public transport. Bandhs (strikes) occur with monotonous regularity, closing shops and stopping all land transport (excluding planes but including taxis to the airport). Monsoon-season flooding is highly inconvenient but rickshaw-wallahs somehow manage to ferry passengers through knee-deep, waterlogged streets.

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While you're there

Medical services

Apollo Gleneagles Clinic (24618028; www.apollohospitals.com/Kolkata; 48/1F Lila Roy Sarani, Gariahat Rd; 8am-8pm) Health checks and dental work; its sister hospital in Salt Lake City offers 24-hour ambulance service.

Bellevue Clinic (22872321; www.bellevueclinic.com; 9 Loudon St) Hospital with 24-hour pharmacy.

SRL Ranbaxy Path Lab (22271315; 30B Chowringhee Rd; 7.30am-7.30pm Mon-Sat) Does same-day tests for dengue (Rs 1400) and Chikungunia (Rs 500).

Wockhardt Medical Centre (24754320/24754096; www.wockhardhospitals.net; 2/7 Sarat Bose Rd; consultation Rs 300; doctor available 9am-1pm) Good first stop for a doctor’s consultation.

Woodlands Hospital (24567075-89; 8/5 Alipore Rd)

For more extensive listings check www.kolkatainformation.com/diagnostic.html

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