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!
Madhu!!! Thank you for doing this for us! The hotel and its grounds are heavenly. I can feel you exhale right through the photos! Stunning and I can’t wait for more.
Somayajula Achuta Ramaiah
Saw your blog. Impressed. Saw the picture of your travel. Fabulous! Pl see the south India Tamil Nadu, Andhra, Orissa. You would find many old temples. Very ancient and holy. Try Assam, Shillong etc for more scenic views. You can afford and pick other good destinations. This year Rajini and family went to Rajasthan and were ecstatic about it. Nice of you to record your travel. With kind regards to Manoj. God bless you, us and our families.
(Wg Cdr SA Ramaiah presently in Atlanta visiting my daughter Anu)
Madhu B. Wangu
Thank you Kathie and Somayajula for reading! Hope to hear more comments from you and many more readers throughout this journey to India in photographs.
That looks like a heavenly place, Madhu. Thank you for posting the pictures and sharing your travels!
Madhu B. Wangu
Martha, Good to see you here!
Glad you are enjoying the photos!
Madhu, what a lovely write up and beautiful photos.
I have been to Bengaluru a few years back and visited the hotel you describe, but did not feel the way you have described these places. I suppose one has to get emotionally involved as a writer to give that feel to the words!! Difference between a medical mind and a creative writer?
The photos, wow! They really enrich the write up and make you feel as if pictures of the places and things are talking to you. You are becoming quite a photographer too. Congrats!!
I enjoyed the write up and the photos. Thanks.
Madhu B. Wangu
I’m delighted you are enjoying current blog posts! And thank you frequently visiting this site!