Heart of India

Day 2 – Saturday, October 29, 2016 - Flight from Munich, Germany to Delhi, India

It was raining and very cool in Munich; probably the last time we will have low temperatures for the next 18 days. We knew our connecting flight would be in another terminal but because we had not visited this airport for a while, we checked in with the Lufthansa desk and got directions to the H gates.

After a short walk through a gauntlet of duty free shops and a fast ride on the airport train, we found our way to the correct terminal and to Gate 28H. As our flight was delayed about 30 minutes coming from Denver, our layover time in Munich was even shorter than expected.

The agents at the gate began the boarding process at 11:15 but there were no organized lines, just untidy merging to have our passports and boarding passes checked. This was so unlike our previous experience with German efficiency.

United States citizens must secure a visa to travel to India and it must be affixed to each passport in advance. When we checked in at Denver and also in Munich, no one even looked to see if we had the proper paperwork or permission to fly to New Delhi. Hmmmmm…

We were welcomed aboard our Lufthansa LH762 flight by a very energetic crew taking good care of us in Business Class. The flight left on time and for about 7 hours we were able to relax.

Looking out the windows we enjoyed a serene flight over Eastern Europe, the Black Sea, the Caspian Sea, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and then into India. It was thought provoking to look down from over 35,000 feet to see the landscape below - certainly not as peaceful on the ground.

Night had fallen when we arrived in Delhi at the Indira Gandhi International Airport. By the time we landed, made our way through customs, and retrieved our bags, it was almost 12:00. Our OAT representative met us at the airport, we got a few Indian Rupees from the ATM, and we were off to the hotel.

The traffic in Delhi is a combination of Sao Paulo, Brazil and Cairo, Egypt. Thousands of cars, freight trucks, little three-wheeled taxis, motorcycles, and bicycles share the road all honking their horns constantly. What an adventure this is going to be!

The taxi was examined before we were allowed to enter the hotel grounds and all of our bags were scanned for security purposes. The hotel manager escorted us to our room and we settled in for the next two days.

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"We owe a lot to the Indians, who taught us how to count, without which no worthwhile scientific discovery could have been made." Einstein

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