Before we left for six months on our “Good Life” tour to Central America in the fall of 2018, we bought one-way tickets to return to India late summer 2019. We couldn’t help it! Honestly, neither one of us has stopped talking about our first six-month trip to India — the “Real” Tour. We got home from that journey in May 2018…changed. And began reading and dreaming — day and night — about India since. We left our Portland, Oregon USA home base on August 27, 2019.
We got one-way economy class tickets on Singapore Airlines to Bangalore (PDX-SFO-SIN-BLR) for US$592 each. We then immediately purchased the exit row seat assignments, for more legroom, on all flights segments except our quick initial flight to San Francisco. That cost an additional $342 total for both of us. Each one-way economy ticket to Bangalore from Portland, OR USA cost US$763. Off to a good start!
We stayed again near the Bangalore airport at Clarks’ Exotica Convention Resort and Spa (we paid $95/night including tax and breakfast) and recovered from some of our jet lag for three nights. It’s got a great pool and areas for morning and sunset walks.
Then, we flew to Darjeeling (airport: Bagdogra IXB) on the northern border of West Bengal near Sikkim. We paid $125 each one way. We had an adventure getting there…
We will be in India until early December 2019 also visiting Kolkata, Varanasi, Jhansi, Orchha, Khajuraho, Jaipur, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur and more.
See our Northeast India page for more adventures in the “seven sister” States of Assam, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya.