I got back from a month long visit home, in this case Chandigarh, since my parents retired and moved back to India. It was a month of catching up with my parents, cousins, aunts and uncles, and all of them getting to meet my son. He definitely had a blast and loved that everyone wanted to run behind him, and basically fulfill anything that came out of his mouth.
Flying with a toddler can get difficult, I have been lucky that in the ten or flights we have taken with Vivaan, he has slept through them. We also try and pick flights close to his nap times, so that definitely helps. The only difficulty I had to face was the 15kg weight allowance. I just cannot travel light. At least Go Air allows you to pre-book additional luggage, which turns out to be a lot cheaper than paying by the kilo during check-in. If you are travelling with babies or going to a wedding, this is the flight to take.
During my trip home, we went for a short four days to Delhi to attend a beautiful wedding. After having attended quite a bit of Maharashtrian weddings, a North Indian wedding can be a bit of a shocker. It is almost taken for granted that everything will be running late, and strangely everyone is calm about it going around eating their appetizers and sipping on their drinks. And when it comes to dressing up there is no such thing as too much, leaving me forever feeling under dressed.
Back in Chandigarh, we played tourist and took my son to Sukhna Lake, Mansa Devi, Chattbir Zoo, on a picnic, to Sector 17 and Elante. He absolutely loved the zoo, and would get so excited every time we came across an animal he recognized from his books. My husband’s family visited last year, and they fell in love with the city-it is so clean and organized and people mostly follow travel rules. It is an excellent place to explore, and then from there to head to one of the nearby hill stations.
And there is no shortage of places to eat and shop either. A lot of my Indian wear is from there, and without fail every time I wear a piece I receive compliments. The designs and the colors are louder and so different than what I find in Mumbai and Nasik.
It was a fun holiday, meeting up with family, friends and their babies, and talking as if no time had passed since the last time we were physically in the same place.