03.04.2011 - 05.04.2011 25 °C
Today I arrived into Delhi after a great flight from London, 9 hours with Kingfisher airways. When I booked it I was half expecting to be sharing a cargo hold with caged chickens or something. In all fairness I couldn’t have been more pleased, the food and movies were great, I didn’t have to pay for any drinks and my neighbor on the flight, a Swedish fella called Andreus was good conversation to boot.
So I arrived anyway and got through immigration fairly fast. I’m not the most patient person in the world when I’m tired and immigration queues are when you have to show that you are patient (and not a drug fiend), or you might end up seein that wee room on banged up abroad. No thanks!
I walked out of arrivals and as I’d arranged there was my name on a sign for my lift to the hotel bang on time. The drivers name was Khan, a shy fella from Nepal who had worked in India for 15 years. How he has survived driving in Delhi that long I’ll never understand. Not even Hanoi in Vietnam can really prepare you for the drive from the airport. No one uses indicators and everyone ignores the lane markings completely, so I was a bit nervous to say the least but sure it was an adventure all the same.
I’m only in Delhi for 1 night before meeting my friend Sunny, who’s visiting his family here in India after a long stint in Oz. The plan is to drive north towards the state of Punjab, I’m not sure exactly where, but I’ve just been told by a Canadian couple I met at dinner that it’s amazing no matter where you go there, the best place they visited in 9 weeks here. Huge Mountain ranges, insanely hospitable people and lots of whisky, right up my street! I’ll try to get another update on all that soon as well as a few pictures. Bye for now. Eddie :-)