Today we began our journey to Delhi to further our cultural education of India. We were up bright and early to leave the hotel at 5:30 am to catch an 8:45 am flight from Kolkata to Delhi. We zipped to the airport with very little traffic.
The time for boarding came and went. Around the time we were scheduled to leave, they started boarding us. The plane had plenty of leg room and we were soon we were settled ready to take off. But we didn't. Soon the captain came on and said there was a mechanical issue. So we waited. Again the captain came on and said there was still a mechanical issue. So we waited. A third time the captain came on and said they were still fixing the mechanical issue. So we waited. Finally about 11:45 we left the gate which was about the time we were scheduled to arrive. The rest of the flight was uneventful.
When we got to the airport, "Surprise!", our flight was cancelled. We weren't sure if it was related to the attack in Turkey or not. We went into the terminal and sat by The Air India counter for about 45 minutes while they rerouted us. In some ways it worked out better for us because we were now scheduled on a direct flight instead of having to stop once on the way which was our original flight. So we went through security and waited by the gate.
We arrived in Delhi and met our driver. We drove to the hotel which was very interesting. We noticed that the driving wasn't as crazy as in Kolkata. We also passed by many of the embassies and the president's house. We also noticed the air was a lot browner. It reminded me of LA during the 1970s.
We got settled in our hotel and are looking forward to going to Old Dehli tomorrow.