How's my Luck now?

Reflections, views and descriptions during my stay at IIM Lucknow from July 2004 to March 2006

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Tuesday, January 04, 2005

ek yaatraa - I

This term break, my parents visited me here with the plan being to visit some places of religious and historical importance in UP. The main places visited were: Lucknow, Varanasi, Sarnath, Allahabad and Chitrakoot. The first part of a detailed account of the very enjoyable trip follows:

Day 0: Lucknow, 27 Dec. 2004, Monday

The last exam got over on this day. My parents had arrived the previous day. That they arrived without any significant delay amidst foggy weather was very fortunate. The previous day had been the first sunny one in a whole week or more of cloudy, foggy, gloomy days. We just had a round of the campus and a dinner of makke ki roti and sarson ka saag in the mess that day.
On day 0, we caught an evening bus to the city and went to Hotel Gomti near Hazratganj for tour inquiries and hotel bookings. Our programme got a more definite shape here as we booked hotel rooms in Allahabad and Lucknow (for the return). The tourist bungalow in Varanasi was full, so we just decided to find ourselves a hotel room on reaching Varanasi.
After we were through with this, we carried our luggage and roamed around Hazratganj, doing some window shopping of chikan saari-s and having a chaat at (what has now become) my customary chaat joint.

Since we had too much time on hand that evening, we finally gave up roaming and reached the Lucknow railway station where we had to catch the Kashi Vishwanath Express to Varanasi at 11.15pm. We met half-a-dozen IIML students in the waiting rooms at the station as most trains were running late.
Luckily and surprisingly, our train was bang on time despite coming from Delhi and we boarded a very comfortable A.C. compartment - a relief from the cold outside. We were on our way on the first leg of the journey, to the holy city of Varanasi...

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