After exciting experiences at Mysore and Kabini, the 3rd Day of our Golden Chariot trip started with a boat ride in Kabini river. We woke up at around 6am, had some coffee, and boarded the boats at around 7am. We spent around an hour on the boat and got to see various birds, fishermen boats, people taking out the nets with fishes, villages, farming areas and a lot more.
After a wonderful day on Golden Chariot, we woke up when the train was parked at Mysore Railway Station. Last night, the train took only a few hours to reach Mysore from Bangalore and was parked in a secluded area, away from the noise of the railway station. Most of the folks had had a sound sleep as the train was stationary, although I missed the experience of sleeping in the train while it’s moving :).
It was the day of Holi Festival and I started early at 3am for Bengaluru. I was full of excitement and everything went well and I reached Bengaluru by 9:30am. The plan was to start the train journey at 4pm from Taj West End and I had whole day to spend until then. Because of Holi I didn’t want to go out, but later I got to know that Holi is not celebrated at that scale in south India.
After spending some hours at the Transit Lounge, I headed towards Taj West End. Instead of taking a taxi, I thought I would explore the luxury buses which run between the city and the Airport. After asking around, I boarded the bus and they informed me that the bus will drop me 2 km away from the hotel, which was fine as I had time. I reached Taj WestEnd at around 1:30pm. Till 4pm, I spent time at the reception reading this awesome book Know your Worth by Vibha Malhotra and N. K. Sondhi.
Recently I took Golden Chariot train which starts from Bengaluru and take you to some of the main places to visit in Karnatak State of India. It's a luxury train which is run by Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation and operations are taken care by Maple Resorts & Palaces. This is a luxury experience on train. One gets to stay in beautifully designed rooms in the train, having attached toilet & bathroom. This post is to give you a quick glimpse of the overall experience or staying in the train, having meal on the train and exploring various tourist destinations in Karnataka & Goa. More detailed posts would be published soon along with some of the good & bad experiences through this week long journey.
Two of my best friends from my time at the Newcastle University, Hannah and Kelsey, have recently / are going to get married. It has made me kind of nostalgic about my time with them. How much we all have grown up since our time at the university. That was the time when our only cares in the world were getting a good grade, having a good time, and travelling. And I am proud to say, we managed all of these pretty well.
|Hannah, Me, Kelsey, and Helen|
Newcastle is really the best place in the UK if you want to study AND have fun at the same time. It is a pretty little city with enough history and more than enough clubs, bars, and pubs to keep you busy.
One of our favorite pubs was Crow's Nest, which was close to our University. That was the place where we used to have our lunch after our morning class. The place served excellent apple cider, which our friend Helen used to dig. The place also served a Loaded Burger, which once left one of our classmates in a state worse than a food coma. I, myself, never tried it. Apart from a classic heavy burger patty, it had bacon, fried eggs, and onion rings. You can probably imagine what that would mean. Apart from the loaded burger, the pub also served pretty awesome Fish & Chips, Tuna Melt Sandwich, and Apple Crumble too. But more than the food, I remember the awesome time we had at this place. Mostly it was just the four of us, Hannah, Kelsey, Helen, and me, but at times our entire class joined us for cribbing and bitching sessions.