Fifteen Fabulous Days in India, DAY ONE
Recently, I had one of the most exhilarating and emotionally fulfilling holiday in India with my husband Manoj. We visited many places we had never seen before, and a few we had seen more than once. We met close family members and made new friends.
This time our journey was rather lavish compared to our previous trips to India, except the one in October 2013. Then we travelled by the luxury train called Royal Rajasthan on Wheels visiting exquisite palaces and magnificent temples in Central India. Unforgettable! So we decided to travel again this year by another train named Golden Chariot. During the night we chugged from one city to the next and during the day a bus drove us to various monuments and awe inspiring locations in the Southern States of Tamil Nadu and Kerela.
From Pittsburgh we took a flight to Bengaluru. Before boarding the train we stayed overnight at the Taj West End. The hotel is the oldest running hotel in India well preserved and well run. We fell in love with its buildings and 25-acre grounds and gardens. In the late nineteenth century, the hotel started as a 10-bed inn and now it entertains more than 200 guests. Its grounds lush with peepal, fig, rain, sheeshum and rubber trees, tropical plants and flowers that shelter local fauna. See for yourself!