Machu Pichhu, the name resonates with mystery, intrigue and of course one of the new Seven Wonders of the modern world. Machu Pichhu in the native quechua language means “old mountain”. For me, it was the journey of a lifetime and a dream travel destination that was long awaited. Machu Picchu is today the top tourist destination in South America attracting global tourists. However few Indian tourists visit this place perhaps due to the long distance involved or lack of awareness. But thanks to the super hit film “Robot”, in which Rajnikanth shakes a leg with Aishwarya on top of Machu Pichhu for a popular song inappropriately titled “Kilimanjaro”, Indians have started to realize the potential of this great archaeological site.
I travelled from Lima to Cusco City by flight. The train from Cusco to Machu Pichhu by Peru Rail is perhaps one of the most beautiful train journeys in the world. Located 2.400 meters above sea level between the Andes mountain Range, the mystical city built by Inca Kings, was considered a lost city until it was discovered in 1911 by American archaeologist named Hiram Bingham and later declared a UNESCO heritage site in 1983