In our four months of backpacking through India, we made more than a few sacrifices to save money – choosing crowded, local buses over private taxis; eating at local hangouts instead of fancy western restaurants; and staying in some sketchy hotels. It was part of the experience and we don’t regret our choices, but it was also important to splurge occassionaly. We found a luxury hotel for our wedding anniversary and fancy restaurants for our birthdays. That might have been the extent of our of our splurging, if it wasn’t for a thoughtful gift from our good friends, the Holdings. Before we left, they gave us three upgrade coupons (with an awesome board game theme) and some money to ensure we weren’t always choosing the cheapest option, especially when we were feeling down. Here’s what we upgraded.
In Darjeeling, we upgraded to first class tickets on the toy train to Kurseong instead of another squished shared jeep.
In Kolkata, we ate a luxury meal at one of the top-reviewed vegetarian restaurants in town.
In Udaipur, we spent three blissful days in the country at Krishna Ranch.