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Falling in Love with Chennai, The Raintree

We had to head India for my sister’s wedding in December and along with ear piercing for Ava and her first head shave function. The trip started with 4:00 AM EST ride to JFK airport for a flight with Emirates. Although the flight from NYC to Dubai was very unpleasant without a Bassinet seats, the latter part of the trip was enjoyable. We had booked Emirates due to its rave reviews from our friends; we took an extra mile to travel from JFK instead of Philadelphia Airport. We were confirmed multiple times out phone on the Bassinet seats over the phone but it was otherwise as we boarded the flight. The Emirates onboard flight manager was rude and unhelpful. Holding Ava in our hands on a 16-hour journey was extremely painful but Ava was still a delight. The experience at the Dubai airport not memorable either. We were taken on a crowded bus to our next flight for almost 30 min and poor Ava was in tears all along. 
 
Everything changed as we got into the Emirates Dubai to Mumbai flight. Ava had a peaceful 3-hour long awaited sleep and we had ours as well. The hostess loved Ava and constantly greeted us all along and even took instant photos with her after her nap. The people and hospitality in Amchi Mumbai are on par with Japanese. There was a huge line of almost 500 people ahead of us in Mumbai Immigration but pretty much all of them allowed us to get ahead of them. We did not have to stand in the line for most then 5 minutes (both for us or Ava); the immigration and customs were very quick. 
 
The next flight from Chennai to Mumbai was with Jet Airways at 3:00 AM IST. So we decided to stay at the Niranta Airport transit 9hotel. We had our light dinner at the hotel restaurant and all three us of slept like a log till 1:00 AM IST. And quickly packed all of Ava’s belongs and we finally reached Chennai Raintree Hotel at 6:30 AM IST, after almost 40 long hours. A lesson well learned is to stick to flights from Philadelphia via Europe (British Airways or Lufthansa
 
We were in Chennai for almost 4 days for our visa stamping before heading to my in-laws in Madurai. Our stay was at the Raintree hotel, Anna Salai due to its proximity to US Bio-metrics and US consulate.  We had plans to shop at T-Nagar, a walk at the Mahabalipuram and Dhakshina Chitra but unfortunately after all our visa related appointments, we managed to wake up only at 8:00 PM IST. The only thing we could do at our Chennai trip was experiencing flavors of South Indian foods at the Raintree restaurants. It was a cautious decision not to try local restaurants with Ava being just 10 months. The wonderful buffet breakfast at their ‘Kitchen’ (includes Indian and Continental), South Indian food at their ‘Madras’ and the Punjabi at their ‘Up North’ – all of them were exceptional. I am still drooling while writing about the cuisine we had in here. The room we stayed was also extremely clean for Ava and all the staffs were very friendly and polite. We absolutely enjoyed our stay at this hotel. Well, the perk of jet lag is waking up early. Taking advantage of early rising, we got a chance to capture the beautiful Chennai sunrise at their rooftop ‘High’ restaurant/Swimming pool. I highly recommend this hotel, if you are looking for a refreshing stay in Chennai. 
 
Visa process in India generally takes a long time with a huge queue outside the Chennai consulate; I was worried to hold Ava in Chennai roads. Fortunately, we were taken very quickly inside and we did not stand in any line inside the consulate as well. The consulate was very friendly to the family with accompanying infants. The entire process from outside to the visa approval took less than 15 minutes. 
  
I hope the photos justify the experiences we had in Chennai, the Raintree.
 

Also published on Medium.

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32 Comments

  • Reply
    Niranjan
    November 30, 2017 at 1:11 am

    beautifully expressed dear. I hope further trip will be pleasant. Have a good time in India

    • Reply
      Dipti
      December 15, 2017 at 1:52 pm

      Thank you Niru for kind words.
      It really means a lot. 🙂

  • Reply
    Nilesh
    November 30, 2017 at 1:19 am

    Have a good time in India…..

    • Reply
      Dipti
      December 15, 2017 at 1:51 pm

      Thank you Nilesh 🙂

  • Reply
    Bhakti
    November 30, 2017 at 1:25 am

    Awesome…seems you guys had a blast

    • Reply
      Dipti
      December 15, 2017 at 1:51 pm

      Hi Bhakti,
      We had a wonderful time in Chennai. I hope you liked the fun article.
      Thank you for your love. 🙂

  • Reply
    Sudip sankhe
    November 30, 2017 at 1:27 am

    Superb…??????????

    • Reply
      Dipti
      December 15, 2017 at 1:50 pm

      Hey,
      Thank you, Sudip. It means a lot 🙂

  • Reply
    sanket hajare
    November 30, 2017 at 1:40 am

    Have good time Di

    • Reply
      Dipti
      December 15, 2017 at 1:49 pm

      Thank you Sanky 🙂

  • Reply
    Dhiraj
    November 30, 2017 at 1:58 am

    Enjoy your time in india… ☺️☺️

    • Reply
      Dipti
      December 15, 2017 at 1:49 pm

      Thank you, Dhiraj. I hope you liked the article. 🙂

  • Reply
    Prajakta Suryawanshi
    November 30, 2017 at 2:28 am

    Awesome….N Ava welcome to India dear… Have a great time… ?

    • Reply
      Dipti
      December 15, 2017 at 1:47 pm

      Thank you. Love you dear 🙂

  • Reply
    Krupali
    November 30, 2017 at 4:12 am

    All pics are so. Every and have awesome stay in India enjoy dear?

  • Reply
    Krupali
    November 30, 2017 at 4:13 am

    All pics are so beautiful dear? And have awesome stay in India!

    • Reply
      Dipti
      December 15, 2017 at 1:47 pm

      Hey Krupali,
      Many thanks for reading my post. I am so glad you liked the images 🙂

  • Reply
    Sree hareeni
    November 30, 2017 at 4:43 am

    Soooo amazing snaps and cutest Ava and Classy mommy. Choice of words was very good that we could also experience it along with you. Have a nice stay…… kisssessss to Dear Ava

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      Dipti
      December 15, 2017 at 1:45 pm

      Hi Sree,
      I am grateful for your love ma.
      I read your comment and got an instant smile. what else I would expect 🙂
      Thank you so much. Love back to you 🙂

  • Reply
    Sonam
    November 30, 2017 at 10:09 am

    Pictures are awesome ? hope next you won’t face this.. Enjoy your stay at your home ? will definitely try raintree hotel in chennai as we are planning our vacation in February..

    • Reply
      Dipti
      December 15, 2017 at 1:42 pm

      Hey Sonam,
      I am glad you Liked the article. I hope you will love the raintree hospitality too.
      Thank you so much for kind words. it really means a lot to me.
      Appreciate your time dear. Take care.

  • Reply
    Chinmay
    November 30, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    Very well written ??and so beautiful photos ?? have a fun. ?

    • Reply
      Dipti
      December 15, 2017 at 1:40 pm

      Hey Chinmay,
      Thank you so much for kind words, it really means a lot 🙂

  • Reply
    Anu
    December 1, 2017 at 5:35 am

    Is this Ava’s first visit to India?
    Hope she enjoys..love from Maushi ❤?

    • Reply
      Dipti
      December 15, 2017 at 1:39 pm

      Yes First time visit but didnt go the we planned. haha
      no worry Anu, We got little sweet memories.
      Thank you dear and lots of love to you 🙂

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    Swapnaambale
    December 1, 2017 at 7:19 am

    Welcome to India Dipu and family……..nice click

    • Reply
      Dipti
      December 15, 2017 at 1:38 pm

      Thank tou tai. Next time will meet for sure 🙂

  • Reply
    Yoshita singh
    December 1, 2017 at 11:25 pm

    You are so expressive dipti ??Can feel and relate each of your word ! It seems like everything is happening infront of me! Very well written dear! Awesome photographs ??Happy staying and love to Ava ?

    • Reply
      Dipti
      December 15, 2017 at 1:55 pm

      Hey Yoshita,
      Many Thanks for such a beautiful words. I am grateful for your love.
      We had a wonderful time in Chennai. Love back to cutie Mihu 🙂

  • Reply
    Nimish
    December 3, 2017 at 10:47 am

    So nicely u have described ur whole trip. Now looking forward to read your Mumbai experience ?

    • Reply
      Dipti
      December 15, 2017 at 1:37 pm

      Thank you Nimish. I was so excited to document maharashtra trip but things didnt work out the way we wanted.
      Next time pakka. Mumbai is our heart 🙂

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