Thursday, April 28, 2011

Namaste India Pt. 1

Before our departure, many friends warned us about India. The most common one is the unhygienic street food and lack of public toilets. Friends told me  people do their big job at the road side and street food is extremely dirty. Because of many advice, I brought along lots of medicine and wet tissues in case of emergency. We left Kota Bharu by Malaysian Airline for KLIA. We arrive KLIA just in time for lunch at the KLIA food court before taking the airport bus to LCCT which cost us RM$2.50 per person for a direct trip for about 30 minutes journey. It didn't take long for us to wait for the next Air Asia X flight to Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi as we were over excited for the trip. Our flight took of as schedule at about 5.30 pm.
India is 2.5 hours ahead of Malaysia. Our flight landed about 8.30 pm ( Indian time). Upon arrival, everything was fine and Indira Gandhi IA was absolutely huge and a beautiful complex. Everything seems fine except for some stringent security check.    
After collecting our luggage, we move around the airport arrival complex. It was a plain but huge and clean hall. The toilets were very clean indeed. Since there is nothing much for us to do hanging around, we decides to get out of the airport building. We were unaware that once we walk out of the Terminal 3, we are unable to get in back into the airport. The securities are everywhere at the exit and entry point. Our plan is to sleep over night at the airport for the next domestic flight to Srinagar by Air India. So now we have a big problem as the weather outside the complex is so warm. As such, without wasting time, we take the opportunity to explore a little bit of India from the airport compound. The city is still far and the next Metro train is the last to the city. It was about 11 pm than. We had hot dog for dinner cum supper with a bottle of mineral water each.
We were deny entry to the departure complex as our flight is about 11.30 am the next day. Only those with flight departure of 3 hours before the schedule and 'ticket owner' only allowed to enter the airport. That's why the airport is clean and safest place to be around at. From one gate to another, we try entering the airport but deny entry by the security personnel's whom I think are Indian Police. After a few attempts, we manage to get in trough one of the gate out of the 5 gates, by giving many excuses, reasons and showing some documents. I think the police got confused at that time because of the many documents we shown them. 
Thanks God we finally get to find our way for a good sleep inside the air conditioned complex. We look for the best spot with less people and many long bench to lay our back. The airport was busy 24 hours, bright and cold but many mosquitoes.

 We checked in for the departure hall once the gates opened, 3 hour earlier. At the departure hall, everything inside are totally different from the outside. There are many shop lots, boutiques, cafes and even food court. It's like a shopping Mall. What a waste to allow shoppers to only spent 3 hours inside. Our first destination is to the food court for the taste of India.  
The food looks fine and of course for airport standard, they do look clean, not so delicious and slightly expensive outside compare to outside food. And they do have Mc D and Subway too beside other Indian fast food which I totally don't know off. They also have resting chairs for long distance travellers like me, just what I needed most at that time. Our Air India flight took out as schedule at 11.30 am. I doze off as the plane took off. Everything went on fine until about 30 minutes later in the sky, suddenly the pilot made a special announcement ... 

to be continue..

1 comment:

Thomas C B Chua said...

KBguy, Great ! I love your adventure. Blog on. The airport food, from the picture, does not look that tempting as most Indian food are.