Living With Our Rapido 963f Le Randonneur Motor Home.

Monday, 22 December 2014

Looking Forward To 2015.

As we approach the Christmas Holidays and the end of 2014, a year that held many occurrences for us that should be forgotten, we look forward to 2015, and in early Spring our 4th visit to India. This trip has a 3 weeks duration, with a privately arranged tour in the North for the first 10 days, before flying on to Mumbai for a full week's stay in the luxury of one of the Vivanta by Taj Hotels there, allowing us to further explore this amazing city in more detail. We then fly south to "God's Own Country" - Kerala for a further week's stay again in the fabulous Taj Malabar.

This trip we fly in to Amritsar and fly out again from Cochin, having travelled the full length of the country during our stay. One of the highlights of our tour of the north will be a 60 mile, 5 hour trip on the Shimla to Kalka railway, known locally as the "toy train" due to it being a narrow gauge railway. This hill railway was built by the British during the Raj, 100 years ago when Shimla was transformed into the "place to be seen" holiday resort in India due to its location in the foothills of the Himalayas, giving it its temperate climate. We are booked with 1st class tickets. The cost of the 60 mile journey? £2 per person each way, 10 times the normal standard class rate! We will only make the journey to Kalka after our stay in Shimla. Our first class trip will also provide us with unlimited tea, and food served by waiters. A one hour documentary of the railway was made by the BBC in 2010, and can be seen here. The scenery should be magnificent.

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