Turkish Airlines: A Customer Service Delight?

My dad was flying from New Delhi to New York a few days ago with a stopover of about 20 hours at Istanbul on Turkish Airlines. He had then booked a separate ticket on SpiceJet from Bangalore to New Delhi. The flight from DEL to IST departed at 0615 and the BLR to DEL flight departed at 0020 and arrived at 0305. A 3 hour connection would ideally be enough to pick up the checked bag, go to the international terminal and check in again. Maybe even have some time for the lounge. Its a good plan.

Right?

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ST17 Hotel: Sai Ashram and Dwaravati Bhaktinivas Shirdi

Summer Trip 2017: Maharashtra!
Train: Bangalore to Solapur
Train: Solapur to Kopargaon
Hotel: Sai Ashram & Dwaravati Bhaktinivas Shirdi
Shirdi
Vehicle: Shirdi to Aurangabad
Hotel: VITS Aurangabad
Ajanta Caves
Ellora Caves
Train: Aurangabad to Mumbai
Mumbai
Train: Mumbai to Lonavala
Hotel: Ganga Zaran Lonavala
Lonavala
Train: Lonavala to Pune
Hotel: FabHotel Lakme Executive Pune
Pune
Flight: Pune to Bangalore

The Sri Saibaba Sansthan Trust has a few large buildings dedicated to housing devotees. Rooms are available here at discounted rates and they are either really close to the temple or they have a free shuttle service to it.

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ST17 Train: Solapur to Kopargaon

Summer Trip 2017: Maharashtra!
Train: Bangalore to Solapur
Train: Solapur to Kopargaon
Hotel: Sai Ashram & Dwaravati Bhaktinivas Shirdi
Shirdi
Vehicle: Shirdi to Aurangabad
Hotel: VITS Aurangabad
Ajanta Caves
Ellora Caves
Train: Aurangabad to Mumbai
Mumbai
Train: Mumbai to Lonavala
Hotel: Ganga Zaran Lonavala
Lonavala
Train: Lonavala to Pune
Hotel: FabHotel Lakme Executive Pune
Pune
Flight: Pune to Bangalore

This was one crazy train ride! Just crazy! I can’t even begin to imagine why Indian Railways even made¬†this train!

Now, 13 of us were going to board this train from Solapur, while my one cousin would board the train at Gulbarga, we’d join him at Solapur and continue to Kopargaon. Technically. On Paper. Kind of.

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ST17 Train: Bangalore to Solapur

Summer Trip 2017: Maharashtra!
Train: Bangalore to Solapur
Train: Solapur to Kopargaon
Hotel: Sai Ashram & Dwaravati Bhaktinivas Shirdi

Shirdi
Vehicle: Shirdi to Aurangabad
Hotel: VITS Aurangabad
Ajanta Caves
Ellora Caves
Train: Aurangabad to Mumbai
Mumbai
Train: Mumbai to Lonavala
Hotel: Ganga Zaran Lonavala
Lonavala
Train: Lonavala to Pune
Hotel: FabHotel Lakme Executive Pune
Pune
Flight: Pune to Bangalore

The first leg of this trip involved a train journey from Bangalore to Solapur. We could have also booked a train directly to Kopargaon or Aurangabad to begin with, but that would involve a daytime journey in the train. Not a good idea. So, we decided to take a train to Solapur, stay there for a day at my aunts house and take a train the next night to Kopargaon.

Of our group of 17, 2 started the journey from Solapur, 3 people would join us directly at Solapur and 9 would take the train from Bangalore. My cousin and her dad would fly to Pune and join us at Kopargaon. My dad would join us at Shirdi later that day. His was an interesting story :p.

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Summer Trip 2017: Maharashtra!

A bit of history: My mother, her three sisters and all their families go on a trip every summer to a new place or region. Sometimes our grandparents join us. sometimes a family can’t make it, sometimes our friends join us. Whatever may be, The Summer Trips always continue!
In 2009, it was Kerala
In 2010, it was Tamil Nadu
In 2011, it was Odisha
In 2012, it was Jammu & Kashmir
In 2013, it was Sikkim and West Bengal
In 2014, it was Pondicherry
In 2015, it was Coorg
In 2016, it was Ooty
And In 2017, it’s Maharashtra!¬†

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My First Blog!

HI guys!

I’m Srujan Deshpande, an ordinary teenager exploring the extraordinary world. I’ve always fantasized about having a blog of my own but I kept procrastinating and it never became real. Finally, today, I’ve made up my mind to begin this blog once and for all.

Here, I’ll be writing about some of my favorite topics: Travel, Aviation, Railways and much more.

So, what more can I say? Stay Tuned for More!