It was one of those schedules at Delhi which needed me to get in on a Friday morning and leave Monday evening. I was all prepared to be bored and miss home over a full week-end. I checked in, armed with a lot of reading material to fill out the time..
It certainly worked out otherwise. Pick up at the airport was flawless and the Jaguar ride majestic. The room had all what I prefer, including my choice of pillows.After the full day's work, the lounge on the 8th floor greeted me cheerfully with the old faithful ever ready to please. After serving the single malt of my choice with accompaniments in front, the butler politely invited me to the buffet with, "you must try the Falafal and the mushroom today sir. They have turned out rather nicely". I noted that he remembered my vegetarian preference, although it was over 6 months since my last stay!
The copy of the Economist in hand lay in front, but even before I could pick it up, the warm smile and greeting from a couple of guests in the adjoining table was too much to resist. The Economist remained unread over the next two repeats, punctuated with small talk on every subject under the sun!! So began the week-end at Delhi...
Since dinner invites from friends had been accepted for every evening, the challenge was to fill the daylight hours. After the lengthy work out at the Gym ensured a hearty apetite, the Machaan simply encouraged me to stretch the breakfast to the full. After a lazy stroll, it being a typical Delhi winter, the buffet lunch was laid out in the afternoon sun by the pool side. A book in hand, one sought out a shady corner of the wonderfully wooded and green lawn. The Lachha Parathas and the stuffed Kulchas kept coming and it took a strong will to resist going overboard. It was amusing to see one among the staff taking turns to strut about the lawns carrying a large white flag aloft! One discovered that it was to scare the crows away from the dining areas. How thoughtful indeed.
To cut a long story short, I did not notice time flying by but realised soon that I had pleasantly sailed through the whole week-end breezily- albeit with a couple of extra inches around the waist! The Taj certainly had decided to show why it is indeed a home away from home...
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- The Taj Mahal Hotel is one of the most distinguished addresses in Lutyens’ Delhi, and reflects the heritage of Mughal Delhi. Graceful architecture blends aesthetically with modern facilities. The hotel is a city landmark, centrally located, in close proximity to some key areas of the capital. The 294 rooms and suites are luxuriously appointed with the latest in in-room comforts, and all are “rooms with a view” which adds to the guest experience. ... more less
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