Our final day in India! We've
enjoyed ourselves but it's definitely time to go home. The
original plan had us staying until early Saturday and flying back via
London, but we decided to forgo the extra day we built in for
contingency, and we found some alternate flights that don't require
staying overnight in London. So we changed our plans and flew to
New Delhi, then took a
direct New Delhi - Chicago flight home. Here's the story up
through our departure from New Delhi.
On this trip we stayed at the Oberoi again, I enjoyed my stay there
last time and thought the food was great. They also filter their
water so you don't have to worry about making any mistakes. The
rooms are large and well-appointed, with a separate room for your
luggage and clothes. There's a butler for each floor as well,
which we used when we got back from the office, tired, and asked them
to take our laptops up to the room.
Here's the room:
The separate luggage room.
Another outstanding shower. This one had a steam system as well.
All the rooms at the Oberoi look out over the center courtyard where
the restaurants and pools are. Nice.
Oh well, off to the office, which is in the Sarjapur area.
In this building under construction, the slabs are held up with
wood supports while they cure.
At the Bangalore airport, we were held up for a bit while this military
jet did a test. It powered up and took off down the runway, then
partway down released its parachute which it then ejected. There
were some chase vehicles that took off after it, presumably to remove
the parachute from the runway so our 737 didn't connect with it.
You can just see the parachute ejecting in the center of this shot.
The chase vehicles going down the runway.
After takeoff, here's some views of Bangalore.
Some nice cloud formations.
There were ATC delays at New Delhi, as you can see we sat in the
holding pattern for quite a while. We were about 2.5 hours late.
Now on to our flight home