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Universe Beckons. Summer’s Here. Travel’s in the Air

I read, I travel, I become. Universe Beckons Vidya Sury

As May approaches, I am feeling really excited for a number of reasons, and the one that tops the list is my son coming home for the summer. Of course he will have a summer internship to focus on during this time, but that does not mean we cannot take a family vacation, however short it may be. Also, just the thought of having him around is, in itself, pure joy!

We’re making a list of places to visit, because the sooner we book tickets and accommodation, the better. It also means a lot of planning, since we have to manage our work accordingly. Somehow, we always end up making impromptu plans. I have to say, though, that we always have a wonderful time!

I remember, how, a few years ago, we were fast approaching the deadline to use up my husband’s leave travel perk. We had only two weeks left to plan and make the trip, and stressed over where to go. Being the end of the year, booking travel and stay was realllllly tough, so we decided to make a trip to Delhi. Also, Sury had a couple of meetings there, so it seemed logical to make that our destination. First we booked the tickets. Then we looked for hotels near Delhi airport, mainly because we didn’t want to get caught in the city traffic on the way to catching our flight. After we spent some time going through various options, a friend suggested Hotel Crowne Plaza.

With the dates finalized, tickets booked, and stay arranged, all that was left for us to do was pack.

We had a fabulous time in Delhi. It was only a five-day trip, but we made the most of it. We were able to meet friends and spend time with them. Then we explored some of the popular markets here. My son and I were looking forward to visiting the National Museum, which was absolutely amazing. I remember how excited my son was to visit and see all the places he had only read about in his school text books, or seen on TV. However, we did learn our lesson, so what we have been doing now is contacting outer banks rentals every time we want to have our vacations, we do this so we don´t have to stress over where we’re staying, they simple take care of everything.

Universe beckons. Summer is here. Travel is in the air #AbKahan

The Qutb Minar was a glorious sight, especially in the beautiful winter lighting. As we walked around, my husband, who grew up in Delhi recounted childhood stories, and how much fun they had visiting the monument. We even tried to hug the Ashoka Pillar on the premises—apparently you can make a wish which will definitely come true.

Universe beckons. Summer is here. Travel is in the air #AbKahan

The highlight of our trip was, of course, our day trip to Agra where my son and I saw the Taj Mahal for the first time. So breathtaking, so magnificent, so ethereal! My first thought when I caught sight of her (it’s a she, you know) was … so heavenly! We had a lovely time walking around, and exploring the area around this beautiful monument, one of the Seven Wonders of the World!

We were disappointed about not being able to look inside the Red Fort, as it was the weekly holiday, but we were able to visit the Jama Masjid and the enchanting Meena Bazaar market around it.

Universe beckons. Summer is here. Travel is in the air #AbKahan

Universe beckons. Summer is here. Travel is in the air #AbKahan

I felt a little sheepish to watch the pigeons on the terrace—such a peaceful sight, even if it isn’t so when they occupy my own balcony at home!

Universe beckons. Summer is here. Travel is in the air #AbKahan

Of course we also spent time at the India Gate, a tribute to our courageous soldiers, where the “amar jyothi” burns 24×7. What a solid sense of patriotism envelops me each time I visit it!

Universe beckons. Summer is here. Travel is in the air #AbKahan

We also saw the Lotus Baha’i Temple. Being a weekend, it was super-crowded, what with families out there to spend an afternoon. The meditation room is the best there, where people sit in silence. I think they have programs, but the day we visited wasn’t one of those days.

It was so much fun to return to our hotel and bundle up cozily for the night. I know Delhi is hot in summer, but when we travel and see places, and meet friends we love, we generally tend to ignore that discomfort!

This summer, we’re also hoping to make a few short trips around where we live. What a wonderful feeling it is to look forward to going places, that too with family!

What are you doing this summer? Got any trips planned? 

Lovely watercolor image right on top of the post is from Shutterstock

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18 Comments

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    Shailaja Vishwanath
    April 25, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    I’ve never been to the Taj. On my bucket list 🙂 All the best to Vidur for a lovely journey and a lovelier vacation!

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    Sreesha
    April 25, 2017 at 7:25 pm

    Ah Delhi – a mixed bag of memories from childhood. I’ve seen the Taj Mahal, but would definitely like to go again. I remember so little of it. I’ve also meditated in the Baha’i temple. Well, my mum meditated, I sat down obediently next to her. At least that’s what I remember 😀
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      Vidya Sury
      April 26, 2017 at 7:53 pm

      How sweet, Sreesha! I have all sorts of memories from Delhi. Some super-painful and some wonderful. Guess that’s a balance! I think no matter how many times you see the Taj Mahal, she just takes your breath away! Hugs!
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    Soumya
    April 25, 2017 at 7:56 pm

    Oh you are quite a sexy vision in yellow <3

    We visited the Taj forour first anniversary and it was such a wonderful moment! The beauty is quite something else altogether. We visited Delhi too, but I hated the city apart from the tourist spots. The people are horrible and the place, ewww! Extremely dirty. I actually saw a woman lift up her saree and pee on the roads!

    Thanks to the current summer I'm looking for a vacation to some hill station soon. Ooty or Kodai maybe 🙂

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      Vidya Sury
      April 25, 2017 at 11:10 pm

      You know Sury was born and brought up in Delhi but doesn’t like it at all! I like Delhi because of good memories and good friends! Kodai I’ve never been. And just so you know, I drool-ed over your Twitter profile pic! Hehe. Mmwah! Still have the yellow set! (And still fit into it 😉 )
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    Kaddu
    April 25, 2017 at 10:17 pm

    I don’t have any travel plans for this summer. Do have some plans for the blog.
    My only trip to Taj Mahal happened in peak May. Need to go there again, during a better season.
    Good to see you put the Smiley checkbox back on! 😀
    See, it made me smile! 😛
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      Vidya Sury
      April 25, 2017 at 10:35 pm

      Hugs Chicky! We saw the Taj in December and it was glorious. Looking forward to seeing what you do with your blog! I am happy you smiled!
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    Kaarina
    April 26, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    I don’t get around much online these days as I hunker down on a huge project and of course, my never-ending writing of my novel 🙂 But I always love to see your posts land in my inbox, and they/you always make me smile. What a beautiful collection of photos and memories from your previous trip. Wishing you well on your vacation and travels this summer. Cheers!

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      Vidya Sury
      April 26, 2017 at 5:49 pm

      Thank you dearest Kaarina! Did you realize that around this time in April 2013, we were having so much fun together? I was looking through those pictures and as always, my heart overflowed with joy and gratitude. I can’t believe it is four years! We’re eager to see how summer goes. We do believe that there’s no limit on making plans! Hugs! Sending you love!
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        Kaarina
        April 26, 2017 at 5:59 pm

        Perhaps it’s fate with a sprinkle of karma and a soul-sister connection we have that brought me to your post today, remembering our time together here in Canada. I cannot believe it’s been four years! It seems like only yesterday. Sending glove and hugs xo

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    wendy of the rock
    April 26, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    Gorgeous pics. I’m hoping my son will come here for a while in July, too, but of course while it’s his sister’s long holidays here in London, he only has a couple of weeks for mid-year in Australia. I’ve never been separated from him like this before, and it’s awful.
    Am I right in saying that the Lotus Temple has echoes of the Sydney Opera House about it?

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      Vidya Sury
      April 26, 2017 at 7:49 pm

      I know what you mean, Wendy! Two years into his course, and I still cry when he goes back. Sigh. Still, I am always grateful for what is!

      Yes, you are absolutely right about the Lotus Temple/Sydney Opera House! Except, the “petals” are arranged differently!

      Hugs!
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    Darla M Sands
    April 26, 2017 at 7:55 pm

    I wish I could meet you and your lovely family! I don’t have plans to travel. I know we should before we get older but I’d rather stay home and write. ~grin~ Be well!

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    Shilpa Garg
    April 26, 2017 at 11:53 pm

    We dont have plans to travel this summer. Aaryan is home though but he has fractured his wrist plus we have work exigencies, both KG and I. So, vacations will have to wait for a while for us. You have a great time with your family and good luck to V for his internship too. Cheers! ♥

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    Debbie D.
    April 27, 2017 at 9:49 pm

    Thanks for this wonderful travelogue, Vidya. 🙂 India has so many fascinating places to visit. Wish I were 20 years younger and a lot richer! It’s great to be able to see so much of the world through the internet, at least.

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