Mughal Path and Nostalgic Kolkata
25.09.2015 - 01.10.2015
Either Darjeeling or Delhi had in our tour plan for Eid holidays. I shared my plan with my university friend Mariyam who happens to live Delhi now, and she extended her hand to be her guest with my family in Delhi if everything is in favorable situation. By heart, I was wishing to be in Delhi and it materialized when she took the responsibility to book our train tickets from India. Much thanks to my friend and her family for being a nice host. I’m conveying my gratitude to her because she showed the true spirit of friendship. My family will remember this trip forever.
Day 1-3 (Sept. 25-27):
Well, we left Dhaka just on the eve of Eid-ul-Adha. To avoid accommodation problem in Kolkata, we booked hotel online. The following day we left Kolkata for Delhi by train. It took almost 20 hours to reach Delhi but all exhaustion gone when I met my friend after 19 years. The last we met in 1996 when there was a traditional final goodbye while I was leaving Aligarh by train. Memories were flashing back because I know all these places. After knowing two families, everything was so comfortable. Since our trip was too short, that’s why we tried to utilize the time more cheerfully together. Kids from both families were so happy and it made me even happier. I think, on first day we went to GIP Mall, Noida. It felt like I was visiting one of the malls in LA or Bangkok. India has been so progressive compared to my university day way back mid ‘90s. Kids had so much fun especially when they had ice cream and all. After coming back from the mall, we had delicious Indian dinner which included tasty mutton biriyani.
Day4 (Sept. 28):
Though I had initial inertia to visit Agra but I think we took the right decision to visit beautiful Taj Mahal. Me and my wife visited Taj Mahal before but separately long before marriage but this visit had a different perspective because our son Ibti was there. He just loved it. Despite the fact that we started a little late after having heavy breakfast but we stuck to our plan to spend the magical Taj Mahal whole day and come back on the same day. That’s why we took Taxi Cab to comfort us all the way. It was hot and humid day even then we enjoyed our guided tour to Taj Mahal followed by late lunch and souvenir purchased from state government owned shop where we bought a miniature Taj Mahal made of white marble. For the second night, after having dinner, we had adda till mid night and it was pure fun time, reminiscing our university days of Aligarh.
Day 5 (Sept. 29):
We woke up late because there was no such plan on the second day in Delhi but we went to Lajpat Nagar for shopping. Whatever time we had in the second day, we tried to utilize the time in best possible way to buy things for near & dear ones by gifting each other. Our two days in Delhi went like a quicker. Goodbye time has come which is disheartening always.
Day 6 (Sept. 30):
We reached Kolkata just on time by Rajdhani Express and utilized the whole day wisely. After checking to the hotel, we freshened up ourselves and took early lunch. Afterward my wife gone for shopping on her own and I took my son to a knowledgeable tour to Indian Museum according to my earlier plan. This is truly a knowledgeable center for any age. I advise to all my respected club members to visit Indian Museum in Kolkata if they have not been there. I personally like the moment to spend with my son because it was like fulfilling long due responsibility of my heavenly father. He did the same thing to me in 1984. I and Ibti roamed around the same place where my father took more or less Park Street vicinity and it was very nostalgic for me.
Day 7 (Oct. 1):
We reached Dhaka safe and sound with lots of memories. For my respected readers, I’m attaching few pictures from the Memorable India tour to make the travelogue more vivid.