Before going to Nagpur I never traveled by overnight train and on upper berth also. I always feel nervous for any new experience. I was not very happy to travel overnight and on upper most berth because I had fear that someone will steal my luggage and while sleeping on upper berth I will fall down. Luckily, no such thing happened. On a contrary, I found place very cozy to sleep and journey was not boring.
We reached Nagpur about 5 am in the morning; I was surprised to see Amit’s uncle & aunt came to pick us so early in the morning. I felt very happy. Before this no one had ever come to receive me at such inconvenient time. I thought if I have to go to pick up someone at such early hours; I wouldn’t not have gone. In 3 days of my stay I have experienced the great hospitality from all the people.
I was in Nagpur mainly for Ganpati festival; so almost no chance for city tour. Only once I went to see the zoo (Maharaj Baug). Very few animals were there; spent about an hour finding them from one cage to another. While roaming in city I found one very small weird bike (see the picture below); first thing came in my mind; how can it carry two people when looking at its size one person is also heavy for bike. :)
Tiny bike called Luna
Me @ Maharaj Baug
Lots of deers
Squirrel - she was in zoo but not in cage
All three days I was totally booked from breakfast to dinner to dessert. I have visited many people. I found everyone was very warm hearted. They involved me in the decoration for the festival and even in some rituals. Amit’s aunt taught me making a special pan.
Mahalakshmi & their children
Ganpati, Mahalakshmi together after complete decoration
My visit was very short according to everyone but I had no choice. Again early morning Amit cousin came to drop us to airport.
It was short but very nice trip to be in hot city with cool people around.