We were up bright and early morning 5 AM Monday morning to catch our flight to New Delhi. We packed up 95% of our stuff Sunday night after dinner with Reshmi and Lee, and tried to catch a few winks before rude wake-up time. After some goodbyes, we were on the road a little after 6 AM.
The drive to the airport was uneventful, and our driver was not chatty. Check-in and security was a bit hectic, but we made it through with our belongings. We had some time to hang out before the flight, and grabbed a South Asian breakfast at Tiffin Centre. It was surprisingly good for airport food.
The flight was uneventful, and we met our travel rep from the New Delhi tour company after baggage claim. We got necklaces, and then we drove to our hotel (Pride Plaza) in nearby Aerocity. Now that was interesting. Aerocity appears to be a walled off high security area near the airport. It features hotels, restaurants, and corporate offices. I assume that if you’re visiting a particular company there, you have safe and secure hotel room a short walk away.
We checked into our three rooms near each other on the same floor. We got the kids their own room to share for our 1st part of staying in New Delhi. Since it was already the late afternoon, we kept our day easy and chilled out a bit. People grabbed lunch, took naps, and I took the kids to the pool before dinner.
In the evening, we walked to this nearby Bella Italia restaurant at the Holiday Inn.
I got a ridiculously sized calzone that was too large for any one man to eat.
I ate the entire thing.