Trip Start Sep 03, 2007
221Trip End Jun 17, 2009
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Check-out, taxi to the Kowloon airport express check-in and luggage gone, express train to the airport, breakfast and wait for the flight.
We're just going for a curry !!!!!!!!!
The Airbus A330 to Delhi was packed full and took off at 1020am for the 2330 miles, six and a quarter hour flight. A nice and smooth flight, a reasonable breakfast, some reading up on India and then after nearly four hours we were cruising at 38,000 feet and had a fabulous view of the Himalayas in the distance. The flight map showed we were passing Mount Everest but I wouldn't be able to recognize it in the dozens and dozens of other, snow covered peaks.
We descended down towards Delhi and didn't see the ground until we were almost down. Shades of Beijing - the air was polluted and smoky, giving very little ground view. A very disinterested immigration officer and then the baggage game; one.., two....and then a frighteningly long wait for the third one, which eventually arrived upside down and with Norah's identity band missing from it. Still, we had all three.
Our travel company had arranged for us to be collected, something we were appreciating after we had read all the scams that India is renowned for. Like Thailand, it appears that they will tell you anything to get your money, even that your booked hotel has burnt down and they will take you to another one.
The weather was very warm, mid 20's (?) and we also had to put our watches back two and a half hours, so we were now five and a half hours in front of the UK.
As we drove into the city we started to get the flavor of India. The busy roads, the old (and new) cars, the green and yellow tuc tucs and people everywhere. At the plain but comfortable hotel we were given travel information by the agent here and then we relaxed in our room, completing the packing changeover, so that we could leave two bags here, ready for tomorrow.
A small dinner was at the hotel and we enjoyed our first Indian meal, sticking to a mild, vegetarian menu, before having an early night.
Monday November 10th.
Up before 7am, cases put into storage and we went for breakfast, first going up to the roof to view Delhi in the early morning. It was still 'smoky' and the streets were coming alive with cars and handcarts. In some run down buildings behind the hotel, people were in the street washing themselves or cooking a meal on the rough pavement. Welcome to India!