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Along Rajasthan Back To Dubai  
User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2438 posts, RR: 53
Posted (3 years 3 months 5 hours ago) and read 25685 times:

Introduction



Namasté fellow A.netters,

Have you ever been somewhere where you could not stop gaping in admiration at? So mesmerizing that you wish to share everything, but knowing that there may be not enough space to a full portray and putting yourself into a dilemma?

Having been hypnotized by Agra and Fatehpur Sikri, two gems of the state of Uttar Pradesh, as Herman and I got ourselves immersed in the vibrant state of Rajasthan, I could not help moaning, “Dear Rajasthan, why do you have to make things so difficult to choose?”

At that stage, there was nothing I could do than being utterly picky. With deep respect for other Rajasthani cities, allow me to present you Bharatpur, Jaipur, Jojawar and Ranakpur.

Fellows, you might ask why.


Please join me and Herman along the four most memorable Rajasthani cities with a welcome greeting of our Bharatpur rickshaw-cyclist before flying back to Dubai




[Edited 2011-04-30 08:50:32]


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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2438 posts, RR: 53
Reply 1, posted (3 years 3 months 5 hours ago) and read 25968 times:

Bharatpur



To be honest, I never knew the existence of Bharatpur until I took note of this particular town in our tour program. Apparently, Bharatpur was an important bastion of the Jats, who successfully opposed the Mughals on several occasions in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.



Laxmi Villas Palace



The Jat influence and Bharatpur’s position next to the border mean that the city architecture resembles the style of neighboring Uttar Pradesh. Our hotel is no exception.


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Overview



Agra’s Grand Imperial Hotel may be 100 year old, but Laxmi Villas Palace was built in 1887 for Raja Raghunath Singh, the younger son of Maharaja Jaswant Singh.

Raja Raghunath Singh seemed to pass on the art of hospitality. What would you think of such a hearty welcome?



Little Mr. Tambourine Man



While being embraced by a peaceful front garden environment.


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Garden overview



Where you can meet one of its many regular visitors.


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Common parakeet



Raja Raghunath Singh’s interior taste of arched ceilings and heavy furniture is just appealing.


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Facade



Front office desk



Walking past the reception, would you expect to see such cozy inner court?


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Inner court day view



Or an inviting swimming pool right on the other side of the building?


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Swimming pool overview



How about the look of our assigned room number 112?


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Twin bed overview. Note the old-fashioned writing table with a mirror


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Living area



Our bathroom had a contemporary interior, but it still looked nice.



Shower cabin



Towards the evening, the inner court yard became an intimate décor.


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Sparsely, but charmingly lit up



Little Mr. Tambourine Man appeared to be in charge of the evening entertainment together with his father and two brothers. Shame, I did not jot down their names properly!  

The program started with dance performance by Little Mr. Tambourine Man. Yes, shaking hips were back with lots of turns and footwork. It would not take long before he pulled me off my chair to join him.



Trying hard to keep up with enthusiastic and amazingly talented Little Mr. Tambourine Man



Very well performed puppet show followed.


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One brother behind the screen. Little Mr. Tambourine Man, his father and other brother accompanied the show



I had to share an interesting detail about the artistic family. They were invited to join a puppet show competition in Panorama Mesdag of The Hague sometime ago. Isn’t it nice?  





Keoladeo Ghana National Park



Bharatpur is home to the since 1985 World Heritage-listed Keoladeo Ghana National Park, one of the world’s prime bird-watching grounds.

With our visit to the national park, I hoped to redeem my ignorance about Indian nature that it was not just about rich wooded area where tigers live. Though at the entrance, I was immediately confronted by this.



Warning



Past the second check post after the entrance, only the government-authorized cycle-rickshaws are allowed to the single narrow road through the park and no permission for motorized vehicles at all. Very much to our pleasure, to be honest!  


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Single park road



Formerly a duck-hunting reserve of the Maharajas, Keoladeo Ghana National Park is now one of the major wintering areas for large numbers of aquatic birds from Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, China and Siberia.

Since I am more familiar with airliner species, I could not easily distinguish any of supposedly recorded 364 species of bird in the park. Nevertheless, allow me to share you some bird spotting impressions, a courtesy of Herman.


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Egrets


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Painted stork


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Cormorant



After spending nearly two hours, it was time for us to leave. Just look who saw us off.


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Tortoise’s farewell



It was kind of difficult for me to say goodbye to Bharatpur. It has taken heart from me. Thanks to Little Mr. Tambourine Man and his family who turned our single night stay into a memorable happening. “Dhanyavād



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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2438 posts, RR: 53
Reply 2, posted (3 years 3 months 5 hours ago) and read 25867 times:

Jaipur



‘Jaipur, the City of Victory!’
The feeling embraced me as soon as Sanganeri Gate allowed Herman and me the entrance to the Old City.


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Sanganeri Gate, one of the gates the Old City is abundant of



I must say, I was impressed of the charm of the Old City, even before reaching any landmark.


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Distinctive rooftop design. Could the designer have been inspired by Gaudi?


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Street vendor surrounded by pigeons




Hawa Mahal



Our first stop was at the Jaipur’s most distinctive landmark with its five-storey, delicately honeycombed, pink sandstone structure, Hawa Mahal (Palace of The Winds).


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Overview



Constructed in 1799 by Maharaja Sawaj Pratap Singh, the small shutters enabled ladies of the royal household to watch the life and the processions of the city.

By the way, I am sure they would have loved seeing this like I did.  Smile


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Camel at work




City Palace



Our next stop was City Palace. There are two entrances to the palace, the main one is accessible through Virendra Pol and the other one through Udai Pol (Stable Gate) near Jaleb Chowk.


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Udai Pol side entrance



The pink color of the richly decorated Udai Pol was somehow attractive to me.



Udai Pol



As we walked further towards the courtyard, the residence of the descendants of the maharaja, Chandra Mahal, came in sight.


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Chandra Mahal



The courtyard itself, Pitam Niwas Chowk, is something you should not miss, especially the gates which represent spring, summer, autumn and winter.



Spring gate



Summer gate



Peacock gate (autumn)



Winter gate



The main gate, Virendra Pol, is cream-colored, but definitely no less impressive.


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Virendra Pol



Virendra Pol leads to a reception centre of visiting dignitaries, Mubarak Mahal (Welcome Palace).


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Mubarak Mahal



Built in the late nineteenth century by Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh II with combination of Islamic, Rajput and European architectureInside, Mubarak Mahal contains a collection of royal costumes and shawls.



Amber Fort



Our last stop was the ancient capital of Jaipur state, situated among rugged hills eleven kilometers north of Jaipur.


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Overview



The fort construction was begun in 1592 by Maharaja Man Singh, the Rajput commander of Emperor Akbar’s army. Later, it was extended by the great warrior-astronomer Maharaja Jai Singh II, before moving to Jaipur.

From the road, you can climb up to the fort from the road either on foot for ten minutes or by riding an elephant. No, we did not take the elephant ride!  wink 

Regardless the mean of transport, you will end up on a huge square.


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Square overview. Note the elephant gate



The main stairway on the square leads you to the Diwan-i-Am (Hall of Public Audience), with an distinctive double row of columns and latticed galleries above.


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Main stairway


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Diwan-i-Am overview



Further to the higher terrace, Jai Mandir (Hall of Victory) is waiting for you to show its inlaid panels and mirrored ceiling.


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Inlaid panel



A colorful version of the panel



Mirrored ceiling



There are carved marble relief panels around the hall as well.


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Marble relief panel view, pretty much like the Taj Mahal one



There are stairways to lead you the palace ramparts where you will have a view over the lake below.


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Keshar Kyari garden



Or the inner garden.


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Inner garden view



The inner garden was laid out in front of Diwan-i-Khas (Hall of Private Audience).



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Diwan-i-Khas. Well, not that private anymore…



Visitor information



The fort is really something to be kept. Thankfully, there are people in charge of it.



A tribute to two colorfully dressed employees



Talking about dress, even people from outside were doing their best to impress you. Look what we saw as we walked past the exit.


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Snake charmers



Musician



All of these are dedicated to you, my fellows, and in particular, Kaz (airbusfanyyz).

[Edited 2011-04-30 09:15:40]


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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2438 posts, RR: 53
Reply 3, posted (3 years 3 months 5 hours ago) and read 25807 times:

Jojawar



Fellows, did you ever give in to any impulse purchase and figure out that you would have regretted for not doing it? This has been the case when I saw a Hindi phrasebook for sale among other souvenirs during our lunch break on our way to Jojawar, a village with a population of some 7,000 people.

If you look up your travel guide, you may not find any recognizable sight in the village’s neighborhood.
But, have you ever thought that the village itself is adventurous?

As soon as Herman and I were outside the entrance of our hotel, a group of children approached us.
“Please, take picture of us!” They asked in surprisingly fluent English.


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Children of Jojawar



“Can we have a look? Can we have a look?” They surrounded us to capture a glimpse of their own on our camera screen. You should have seen the expression on their faces.  Smile

Further up at the end of the street, a food market was set up.


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Market vendors


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Villagers at the market



We could not have felt more welcome by the friendly villagers.


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Greeting by three female generations



Another group of children joined us in, very much to my delight as I could make a grateful use of my Hindi phrasebook.


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Me practicing Hindi



Well, I could not say nothing more than,
“Hallo, how are you?”
“I am Suryo. What is your name?”
“It is nice to meet you,”
The children could not have been a better teacher as they corrected my pronunciation where needed.  Smile

Honestly, Jojawar has won me over. I would not hesitate to come back, even only for the hospitable villagers.



Rawla Jojawar






Our hotel was once a major principality of the Royal house of Marwar after its construction in the eighteenth century. About ten years ago, it has been converted into a hotel and named after the village. Well, do you know why it is called Rawla? Rawla literally means the abode of chieftain.

The two gates where we had to walk through to get to our room, appears to be the lines of defense during a war in the beginning of the nineteenth century.


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First gate view from the entrance


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Second gate view from the inner garden



Do you notice the window frame on top of the second gate? From upstairs, you will have a great view of the garden.



Inner garden overview



What about the view from the garden through the frame at the twilight?



Nearly full moon on the background



The romance was in the air until we retreated in our assigned room 14 for a good night sleep.


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Double bed


[Edited 2011-04-30 09:16:52]


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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2438 posts, RR: 53
Reply 4, posted (3 years 3 months 4 hours ago) and read 25774 times:

Ranakpur



“You must go there! It is a very beautiful temple,” as a local told us about Ranakpur, one of the five holy places of the Jain community which is located ninety kilometer north of the city of Udaipur.
At the beginning, I did not really get what the local was trying to say.

As we arrived at the temple complex, the main temple, Chaumukha Mandir, was still closed for public until the midday. Hence, Herman and I decided to kill the time by visiting another temple within the complex, the temple to Parasnath.



Parasnath temple




Despite its smaller size, the carvings were all over the place and how impressive they looked!



Gate


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Facade


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Left side view of wall carving



Parasnath



Finally, it was midday! As we made our way to Chaumukha Mandir, I was still sinking in the beautiful artwork of Parasnath temple and unaware of what I was about to see.



Chaumukha Mandir




We had to leave our shoes and leather articles before entrance. As you have to be dressed properly to enter the temple, in case you wear shorts like me at that time, long trousers are available for rent at a small fee.


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Facade



From outside, it might not look spectacular. I was not particularly enthusiastic as I walked up the stairway after Herman´s persuasion. How wrong I was proven as the familiar carving, but in bigger surface came in sight.



Gate



I thought that Taj Mahal was the only one which could take my breath away. But this temple carved from milk white marble just left me speechless upon entrance.


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Front interior overview



Just look at the intricate carving of this particular temple dedicated to Adinath and built in 1439.


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One of the many dome ceilings



It boasts complicated series of twenty nine halls.


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Overview of one out of the twenty nine


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Close up of a hall ceiling



And supported by a forest of 1444 pillars. No two alike, by the way!



Overview of some pillars



Close up of the upper side of one pillar



Ranakpur is a league of their own. Neither masons, marble workers nor decorators were brought in from abroad to contribute with the construction. The pure devotion of the Jain community conjured this masterpiece. Can you imagine how you would get around such complex nowadays while keeping in mind that Ranakpur dated from the fifteenth century? What a truly incredible feat! Incredible Ranakpur! Incredible India!

[Edited 2011-04-30 09:17:51]


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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2438 posts, RR: 53
Reply 5, posted (3 years 3 months 4 hours ago) and read 25834 times:

Indira Gandhi International Airport






‘What happened?’ I was wondering as Herman and I pulled into the curbside of Terminal 3.


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Common international departure entrance



I looked around in a daze and gazed at my mobile phone. ‘Have I not got this message just recently?’


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Emirates SMS



I tried to recall everything. ‘Did I get to visit EK website earlier?’


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Online check-in confirmation page



‘Was I dreaming?’ I kept wondering.

“Are you coming?” Herman called me.
I came down to earth, ‘We are leaving India! Time really flies when you are having fun!’  

Bit by bit I put up with it. Perhaps I could learn this creation of HOK working in consultation with Mott MacDonald as a change.


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Curbside towards the northwest


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Curbside towards the southeast



Somehow, I got the feeling that the HOK architects were inspired by Taj Mahal.

I know, neither one is made of marble inlay work nor Taj Mahal has any glass wall. But what do you think of the triangular pattern around the pillars and the lofty departure level?


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View on entrance number five and higher, past the pillars



The FIDS was located on our right as we walked towards entrance five.


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FIDS overview


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Close up of one display with the EK check-in row assignment



A security official checked our tickets and passports subsequently before waiving us onto the check-in hall. By the way, did you know that a Dhanyavād made a serious looking official crack a smile?  

As the massive check-in hall greeted us, all I could say was just, “Wow!”


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Towards the southeast


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Towards the northwest



There are 168 check-in counters inside. But with such airy interior and rich natural light, the area will never feel cramped. Hey, look at the mascot!


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Elephant and its young one



By the way, would you believe me if you asked me ‘Which check-in row is assigned for EK?’, my answer would be ‘I have no idea,’?
Shame on me, I did not pay attention any further to the FIDS outside than photography.

Due to my unawareness, I felt awkward to notice EK still missing on the list.


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Check-in hall FIDS



While Herman got seated, I looked around to see if I could find anyone to turn to.

Apparently, there are information staff members on hand around the terminal. I did not see such passenger service elsewhere and just loved the idea for not having to walk all the way to the information desk, which is located in the middle of the hall, on the opposite of row H.

I spotted Lakshya, one of the staff members, and approached her for, in retrospect, a silly question.
Namasté. Can you perhaps tell me which check-in row will be assigned for EK?”
“Can you not find it on the display?” Lakshya asked.
“Unfortunately not,”
“The check-in row will be opened around six o’clock. Row J is usually assigned for EK,”
Though Lakshya was rather aloof at the beginning, she smiled by my Dhanyavād, just like the security official.  


“How about a walk along the terminal?” I suggested to Herman as it was still 16.45, hence more than an hour to kill before checking in.
“All right. But first I need to go to the bathroom,”
I joined him as DEL bathrooms are famous of the distinctive decorations.



Men bathroom picture. Did you know this good looking guy?



We wandered towards the southeast where the domestic departure area is located.


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Domestic ticket counters


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Kingfisher check-in row



T3 kept amazing me. From the domestic area, I got better overview of the lofty corridor. I could not help capturing it again.


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Overview



We decided to drop in on Costa for some masala chai, cappuccino and chocolate cake.

P. (FlyingFinn76), do you remember when I told you about a DEL outlet?   


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Costa Coffee outlet



The information desk is conveniently located on the opposite in case of any further inquiry.


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Information desk



Look! T3 has adopted an environmental friendly solution.



Waste separation



Around 17.30 I got somewhat itchy feet and decided to check out our flight status.



FIDS now showing EK



I was delighted to learn row J assigned for EK. Err, surprise, surprise….   

Indeed, the preparation got going.


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Row J. Note the single trolley with rolled carpets




Airport check-in



Some fifteen minutes later, we went for counter J. There were five passengers already waiting before us.


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Four of the five. Note the red carpet for First and blue one for Business



A vending machine was conveniently located on the opposite, in case you got peckish or thirsty.



Chips and soft drinks



But we just let it pass and waited patiently. More and more passengers joined in as my watch ticked towards six o’clock in the evening, but yet no activity. We were just waiting and waiting.


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Crowd before barricaded check-in desks



Ten minutes later, two porters appeared with a stack of paper sheets. The sheets turned out to be departure cards.

One porter went on distributing the cards among the crowd in front of the premium check-in counters. His colleague initially chucked his stack on the counter, but eventually followed the example. Rather odd.



Departure card



As other porters trickled in, we took the opportunity to fill out the departure cards while the counters were being prepared. At least, that was what I thought. The porters just got seated behind the counters.   

After another fifteen minutes, one porter de-barricaded all Y check-in counters. What happened next reminded me of a film scene where a department store employee unlocked the sliding door before a horde of bargain-hunters.
‘Be my guest,’ I thought as three of five passengers before us quickly switched queues.


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Y passenger queue



I was kind of expecting the premium check-in counters to be opened as well. But no! No action whatsoever.

After a little while, the remaining two, apparently each other’s colleague, got antsy. They de-barricaded themselves and moved forward.



The two colleagues at the counter. Note the porters behind the counters



Seven desks were evidently assigned for our flight. One each for F, J and tier members annex drop off and four for Y as the counter screens were switched on.


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J check-in desk screen



‘Hmm, an hour delay!’
We had a long layover in Dubai, so there was nothing to worry about our connection. The only thing which did not impress us, was the wait for check-in.

Finally around 18.45, check-in agents showed up. As each of them took a seat behind the counter facing the passengers, all I could say was ‘Yay!‘

From that stage, everything went quickly. The two colleagues were processed within minutes. Soon enough, it was our turn.


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Blue J carpet. Do you not think it blends very well with the counter’s ornament?



“Good evening, Sir,” our chirpy agent greeted us as he took our documents. “Do you have any luggage with you?”
“Yes, just this one,” I replied while arranging our joint suitcase on the scale. ‘20,8 kilograms! Still not bad after all the shopping last two weeks!’
“How many hand luggage do you have with you?”
“There are three of them. A mini suitcase, a rucksack and a camera bag,”
“Could you please put on these hand luggage tags?”
I knew the tags were necessary due to the official’s addiction to stamping. Thanks for your information, fellows, the experienced India travelers.  

“Your flight is delayed for one hour, Sir,”
“Yes, we are aware of it,”

“All right! Your luggage has been checked through to Amsterdam. Here are your boarding passes and your lounge invitation. Please observe the boarding time and be ready at the gate accordingly. Do you have any more question?”
“Not really, everything is clear,”
“I wish you a pleasant flight, Sir,”
“Thank…, err, Dh…,” I fumbled for word.
Unfortunately the agent got occupied with the next passenger, hence I could not finish my greeting.  


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My virgin boarding pass and our joint lounge invitation



We still had to fill out our details on the luggage tags. Luckily, there are writing bars before the immigration.


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International departure. Note people standing at the writing bar on the right next to the entrance


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Queue before immigration, taken from behind a glass



The queues looked considerable, though I did not know how many of the 72 immigration counters were open.

One dedicated premium counter was free, so we could simply walk forward past the crowd.

Noticing our action, a passenger from another queue was about to cut the line, but he pulled up as the immigration official behind the premium counter pointed at the sign above him.

The somewhat reticent official cracked a smile by my Namasté. He did not say anything while taking our documents. He really took his time to go through the formalities. Again, we were not in hurry.

Five minutes later as the official returned our documents, I just had to do the folded arm, “Dhanyavād!
You know what? I noticed an even bigger smile on his face.  

Up to the security check.

There was practically no queue for all fifteen X-ray machines. We took an immediate lane and prepared ourselves for the screening, including removing our notebook from our suitcase.

As we were about to remove our belts, one security official surprisingly called, “No need to remove belts, only laptop!”
“What about the shoes?”
“You can keep them on. Please move forward,” he beckoned us one by one to walk through the X-ray gate.
“Please stand up here,” he arranged us in turn on a step to be screened with a hand metal detector.
Within several minutes, we were through. ‘That is easy!’
The smooth experience did not last long though.

As we were about to collect our belongings, a slight panic broke out.
“Please open your suitcase!” One official demanded.
Though a bit puzzled, we complied.

As soon as we unzipped our suitcase, the official frantically searched the content inside out.
He briefly returned to the X-ray screen and resumed his act. Another official joined in.

“Can I help you with anything?” Herman asked.
“Scissors! Scissors!” The first official replied.
We did not get it at the beginning, but suddenly Herman called, “Ah, I think I know what you are looking for. May I?”
Both officials and I did not get it. Nevertheless, Herman was allowed to do a grab.
Then I understood what Herman meant. A pair of band aid scissors in our first aid kit!

It never came across my mind as we were used to have the kit with us every time we traveled abroad. The scissors had never been a problem until our departure from DEL.

Well, to be fair, we could not remember where we usually kept our first aid kit. Probably, it was the first time in our carry-on. Luckily, we did not have to surrender the scissors after some examination.

Eventually, the whole security process took ten minutes. Still not bad, but with all the excitement, it felt like eternity.

Yes, the officials were indeed addicted to stamping!


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My boarding pass post security




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Reply 6, posted (3 years 3 months 4 hours ago) and read 25807 times:

Post security




Commonwealth Game 2010 may have been finished. But the spirit was still in the air.



Crickfest pillar



There were four screens past the bridge. Three FIDS screens and one screen with time planner.


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Our gate information


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Time planner



Delhi Duty Free were covered several times on A.net. The interior sight was not unfamiliar to me. But somehow, it is better to experience the shopping precinct yourself.


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Façade


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Perfume corner


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Typical DEL Duty Free bow. Do you not just love it?



Just follow the bow. The lounge signage is at the end.



Lounge signage



And look beyond the signage.


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Overview



What about going up to the Lounge and Food Court level for another perspective?


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Ground floor overview. Do the pillars not look beautiful?




ITC-Welcomgroup Green Lounge




As EK Lounge was not yet completed, we were directed to a third lounge party of ITC-Welcomgroup.


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Lounge façade. Note Bharat in white suit



I was absorbed in my surrounding, unconsciously creating a gap with Herman who walked in front with our joint invitation card.


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Nice panel decoration



I thought it was a specific lounge panel decoration. But as you will notice further on this report, it turned out to be T3 panel decoration.

Of course, Herman was waived on after handing over the card.

As I made my way to the lounge, Bharat darted forward, “Sir, your invitation?”
‘Oh no! Not again!’ I got immediately a flashback of an unpleasant experience last year after arrival from Istanbul.
The Schiphol custom official allowed Herman, my sister-in-law and mother-in-law through, but me. Despite my explanation that I belonged to them, the official insisted on searching me.

With the memory, I could not help becoming snappy to Bharat, “Look! The guy in front of me is my travel companion! The invitation he just gave to you is for two passengers!”
Bharat did not yet put away the invitation, so I could clarify the matters immediately.
“That name,” I pointed at Herman’s surname, “That is him!”
“And Akhmad,” I remarked further, “That is me! Got it?”
“All right, Sir,” Bharat replied.

“What happened?” Herman asked.
“Just let me off steam first!” I replied.
Apparently, my conversation with Bharat took quite a while as Herman already helped himself with a glass of red wine and a bowl of soup.
“Let’s see if they have got anything to cool me down!” Off I went to the back where the buffet was spread.

Well what did you know? Though being worked up, I could not deny the appealing interior around the buffet.


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White bar table facing a private corner


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The two bar tables seemingly became one by the man in the middle. Note the beverage buffet on transverse lower black table



Let’s have a closer look at the beverage buffet.


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Spirits and red wine



Shiraz of Indian winery


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Two bottles of white wine each in an ice bucket next to a sink containing juices and soft drinks



What? Were these all what they got? Oh wait, there are fridges on the opposite!


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Fridge doors fitted in soft toned wooden panels



Look what was behind the doors!



Fruit juices



Soft drinks



Bottles of Kingfisher beer



What about the food? Soup was on offer and what else?


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Induction cooking-range island



Vegetarian Manchurian



Vegetarian Hakka noodles



Along the wall, a L-shaped buffet was spread.


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Coffee and tea corner next to a pair of warm pastry displays


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Fluffy mini vegetarian and chicken pastries



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Fruit cake slices, rectangular chicken sandwiches and triangular cheese sandwiches


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Vegetarian sandwiches, fresh fruit tarts and cheese sticks


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Assorted fruits, plates, cutleries, oops… I should do the covering the other way around



The warm dishes looked yummy. I decided to have some along with a glass of red wine.



My serving



Herman and I were seated next to the entrance, so I could notice Bharat on my eye corner.

Somehow, I started to regret my attitude. Bharat was just doing his job, ensuring authorized persons to enter the lounge.

As soon as I finished my meal, I approached Bharat who was in talk with his colleague Bhatnagar.
“Yes, Sir?” Bharat turned to me.
“Well, I was not nice to you earlier. I am sorry for that,”
“Oh, no problem, Sir. Do you enjoy staying in our lounge?”
“Yes, it is lovely. Can you tell why it is called a green lounge?”
“The lounge has been made of recyclable materials,” Bharat explained. “We have published some brochures about our activity,”


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Brochure rack



Both Bharat and Bhatnagar smiled as I remarked, “What a great initiative to save the environment,”
“Where are you from, Sir?” Bhatnagar asked.
“Netherlands. And how about you?”
Well, guess what? Bhatnagar comes from Agra while Bharat from Jaipur. Thanks to this frame of reference, our conversation became more enjoyable.  Smile



Bhatnagar and Bharat



Both Bhatnagar and Bharat had to excuse themselves as more and more guests walked in due to the evening rush hour. In the meantime, I looked around to find out which part of the lounge I had yet to discover.


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Media corner right in the middle



Let’s have a closer look.


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Magazines, brochures and newspapers


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Internet corner. Unfortunately out of order



Still no big deal without internet. Herman and I just recalled our memories of traveling around in India while clocks were ticking by … towards the farewell.  Sad

Around 22.00, we gathered our belongings and left for gate 17.

Of course, not without my folded arm to Bharat and Bhatnagar, “Dhanyavād!
“Have a nice flight, Sir,” Both of them replied with a big smile.


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Overview right in front of the lounge. Note the food court on the background behind the pillars


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Overview from departure level downstairs. Note the panel decoration



Mudras could be the eye-catcher on arrival. Another eye-catchers of T3 are to be seen on departure. Just look above as you walk to the departure pier.


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Futuristic lamps



Past the shopping precinct, look at your left.


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Statue of Surya, presented by Satish Gupta



Statue information



Fellows, did you know that my mother has named me after the Sun God?  wink .



Gate 17




A familiar silhouette with a red hat and flowing white scarf about the cream-colored coat made her presence felt at the gate.


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Gate overview. Note the EK gate agent



I could not help having mixed feelings again. Sad on one side because the farewell to India was getting closer, while confident on the other side that we would be well taken care of on board.

There is an interesting gate division in A and B. Could it be a division of bus and non-bus gate?


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17B screen



Some passengers already settled themselves right in front of the gate.


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The six



While others were waiting patiently. Like us.  Silly


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17B holding area overview



At 22.15, an announcement came, “Please remain seated for further instructions,”
This quickly ensued by the first instruction, “Families with small children and passengers with special assistance are requested to board first. First and Business Class passengers as well as Gold and Silver members are requested to wait,”

The six somehow managed to get to the front. I neither realize them being ‘family with small children’ nor passengers with ‘special assistance’.

Second instruction followed, “Thank you for your patience. We invite our First and Business Class passengers as well as Gold and Silver members to board,”

I wished my sequence was played in a slow motion. Just to extend my stay in India.
‘Blip…’
“Have… a…pleasant…flight,”


Of course, it was not the case.

The smaller stub of my boarding pass was returned in a flash and I was sent to the point of no return. At that moment, I just had to look back, ‘Bye, India!’  Sad


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Twisted walkway to the air bridge



I was hoping to cheer up by the sight of our neighbors as we walked down the single air bridge. Pity, it was difficult to make any decent picture without reflection.


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Air India VT-ALM, after several attempts



Complimentary newspapers in English and Arabic were provided before the entrance.


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Newspaper trolley



Somehow, I cheered up by the golden cheat line along the entrance door.


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Note Egyptian flight attendant Ahmed at the door


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Reply 7, posted (3 years 3 months 4 hours ago) and read 25834 times:

On board






Flights Status


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ETD/ATD: 21.40 / 22.50
ETA/ATA: 23.59 / 01.25
Delivered: 15 August 2004



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Photo © Konstantin von Wedelstaedt

Wondering why the above layout? Stay tuned.   

“Good evening, Mr. Akhmad,” Ahmed welcomed me after a glance at my boarding stub. “Your seat is located on the left behind the wall,”
“Hallo,” Czech FA Yirina greeted me from the galley.
Yirina got attracted by our DSLR and struck up a conversation, “Nice camera you have got there. Which one is it?”
“It is a Nikon D90,”
“It looks nice. I have bought my own recently. A Canon one,”
Chatty Yirina set the tone of our flight. From that moment, I knew it would be another pleasant experience with EK.
“Would you excuse me? I have to greet my guests,” Yirina slunk off.
‘And I have to capture our sanctuary for the next couple hours!’


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Side view of the left section of row 7


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Slanting backward view of 7A and 7B. Each with a large pillow and a wool blanket



‘Hey, again no dotted wood patterned window frames. Could they be typical 77W interior?’ I was wondering.



My seat 7A. Note the lovely embroidered head cover



The cocoon design intrigued me since I saw its photo online couple years ago. I was thrilled to sample it myself. And look who was smiling at me as I looked ahead.


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Welcome back, Mr. Akhmad. How was your holiday in India?



Was it not a comforting welcome? Compare it to what our front neighbors would experience.


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Hallo… where is she?



Cold comfort to our neighbors. The magazine rack was located within their arm reach.


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Magazine rack



Unlike the J seats we had earlier, there are no seatback pockets. Instead there are three in-between holders on the cocoon backside.



Lecture holder



Largest holder in the middle. Just big enough for headset



Unfortunately, none of them could accommodate our DSLR. A slight drawback of the cocoon. What about somewhere in the middle console? Too bad, there was no place either!


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Front part of the middle console



What could lay beneath?


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Mini touch screen stowage


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Evidently precursor of the one on our inbound flight from DXB



What was there under the back part?



Regular IFE control unit



And last but not least, located underneath. 


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Battery chargers



It looked like everyone in the forward cabin got seated during my exploration. Rattling sound from the galley marked the start of pre-departure service.


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Forward cabin view



Australian FA Matthew appeared on our side.
“Can I offer you anything to drink? I have got water, orange juice or apple juice,”
“No champagne?” Herman asked.
“After take-off, Sir,”
“Then, I will have the orange juice, please,”
“Certainly, Sir. And how about you?”’ Matthew turned to me.
“Apple juice, please,”


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Our welcome drinks



Later on, I learned that serving alcohol on board while on the ground is prohibited by Indian law. Hence, no champagne as a welcome drink.

Jordanian FA Bashar dropped in with an array of newspapers. Even though I loved the presentation on the silver tray, I declined the offer. So did Herman.

At 22.45, Captain Meadows was on the microphone to explain the delay. The previously scheduled aircraft apparently had some technical problems. A6-ERF was a substitute equipment.

His intro was followed by a welcome announcement of Lebanese purser Charbel.

Hot towels were distributed while IFE screens broadcasted in-flight safety demonstration in both Arabic and English.


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One of my favorite demonstration videos



Pushback commenced just before 22.55. ‘Hey, where did the memorable announcement ‘We kindly ask all ground staffs to leave the aircraft’ go?’
Nevertheless, what a thrilling moment as Rolls Royce Trent engines came to life.



Taxi



At 23.00, as A6-ERF set out for 11-29 runway. After the recollection of the towels, the cabin lights were dimmed. Much to my pleasure, I can tell you!  


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Jet Airways VT-JWL


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Druk Air A5-RGF


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Blue Dart B732




Take off



At 23.10, Captain Meadows was on the microphone, “Cabin crew, prepared for take-off,”


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Front camera view while lining up



I was expecting a laborious take-off roll as you told me in your reports, fellows.

But you know what? To my surprise, A6-ERF performed an equally powerful take off roll like her Triple Seven colleagues.


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Take off roll through the front camera



A6-ERF rocketed into the air at 23.15.



In flight




At 23.20 as A6-ERF leveled off, flight attendants sprung into action.

Charbel got on the microphone, “We proudly present you languages spoken by our multinational cabin crews. Arabic, English, French, Hindi, Czech, Japanese and Serbian,”

Interestingly, though the cabin service preparation was started, fasten seat belt signs remained illuminated. It looked like we were expecting some turbulences ahead.

I would have to keep myself occupied in the meantime. My conscious spoke to me,
‘How about exploring some reading materials?’
‘Oh, just unfold your table to make it easy!’


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Dining table. A bit on the small size, but it came with a handy foldable edge



The reading materials were wrapped in a plastic cover as usual. The content did not look special at the first glance, similar to the ones on earlier flights like in-flight magazine, duty free catalogue, IFE guide... ‘Hey, what is this?’


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Portfolio magazine exclusively for F and J passengers



The idea of Portfolio reminded me of Swiss Universe magazine. Funny I did not notice it on earlier flights. But something was still missing, ‘Ah, there you are! I was about to miss you, safety card!’


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Front page


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Back page



Menu’s were distributed just as I finished my literature search.


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Menu and wine list



Matthew appeared soon after with a drink trolley. It was time for pre-dinner beverage service.


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Matthew was in charge of our side, while Yirina took care of the other side



While Matthew was attending our front neighbors, I flipped through the menu. I wished to order another cocktail than Bloody Mary. Well, my friend Roni, I hope you do not take offence at it.



Bar service



Herman was determined to have champagne as a compensation for his welcome drink. 



Champagne



“Can I offer you anything to drink?” Matthew asked as he reached our row.
“Can I have a glass of Champagne, please?” Herman replied. Well, what a surprise!  

“What about you, Sir?” Matthew turned to me after serving Herman’s champagne.
“Can I have Fantasy Island, please?” I replied which triggered a doubtful expression on Matthew’s face for a second.
“Certainly, Sir,”
Matthew then proceeded to search the drawers of his trolley.

He revealed a cocktail recipe book from the lowest drawer, a jigger from the third drawer and a mini bottle of Bacardi from the second drawer.

Gazing at the recipe book, he prepared a whisky glass and poured a dash of Bacardi upon measuring it in the fluid cone. Generous amount of orange juice followed along with ice cubes and Champagne as the finishing touch. All carried out in my amazement.

“Here you are, Sir. Do you want some nuts to go with it?”
“Yes, please,” Both Herman and I replied.
“Oh, one bowl is enough,” Herman said as Matthew took a second bowl of nuts.



My Fantasy Island and Herman’s Champagne along with a bowl of nuts



“Can I take your dinner order, please?” Matthew asked Herman.
‘Oh, I was undecided yet!’ I quickly looked at the menu.


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Dinner menu on the right page



“Can I have the lobster as starter and the grill as main meal, please?” Herman made up his mind.
“Certainly, Sir. How about you?”
“Can I have Appam chat as starter and paneer makhani as main meal, please?” I replied.
“Certainly, Sir,” Matthew quickly scribbled our order and carried on.

As one battery of our compact camera, we needed to use the charger. Usually, I had no problem with plugging into the power point. But for some reason, our plug would not fit this time.

Bashar appeared to set the tables as I flagged him down, “Could you please help me? I tried to push the plug, but no charging,”
Bashar subsequently made couple attempts himself but to no avail.

As it was dinner time, I expected to hear from Bashar, ‘I will get back to you after setting the table,’ or something of the sort. But no!
To Bashar, it was something that needed to be addressed immediately. “Please wait. I will see what I can do for you,”

Bashar really left me impressed as he slunk off to the galley and returned not long after with an EK adaptor, “Please try this,”
Abracadabra! what did you know? It worked! Thumbs up for Bashar!

“Thank you so much,” I thanked Bashar as he draped the table cloth.
Matthew soon appeared with the meal trolley.

As usual, everything was prepared on the tray before serving. The basic setting consisted of a water glass, a butter dish, a pair of pepper and saltcellar, a side plate, cutlery set and a bowl of Badam Kheer.


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Herman’s tray setting



Followed by bread basket offering.


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Indian breads, fresh baked rolls, pappads




Close up of our starters. What do you think?


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Herman’s lobster and avocado


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My appam chat



Herman was rather disappointed as the lobster did not taste as expected. On the contrary, I was enjoying my starter very much.

The chewy cubes were full of flavor. I did not know whether it was supposed to be that way, but I liked it. Though, I was too enthusiastic with that piece of pepper which benumbed my taste bud for a while.

How about the main meal? In one word, heaven!


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Herman’s tandoori grill


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My paneer makhani



Paneer, the richest flavored cottage cheese I have ever tasted which come with many delicious preparations and the EK one was no exception.


With sweet, silky textured Badam Kheer as dessert, I would convert myself into a vegetarian.


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Badam Kheer



It was not really to Herman’s taste, but definitely to my pleasure as I got the honor to finish his portion as well.   

In the meantime, Bashar kept checking on everyone. I assume he also noticed me savoring Herman’s meal as he asked me at one point, “Sir, do you want more of the meal? We have plenty of it,”
I just finished off everything and got myself really stuffed, “No, thank you,”
“Shall I clear your table?”
“Yes, please,”

Not long after, it was time for coffee and tea run. Somehow, Herman and I barely finished our drinks, so we declined the coffee, but the Godiva chocolates.


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Chocolates at your choice



It was 00.30 as the dinner service came to an end. A6-ERF was flying above Pakistan.


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Air show



The cabin lights were dimmed to allow everyone to rest. Just look at the ceiling!



Starlight



But no rest for me, it was time to explore the cabin, though I did not make it even to the aft J cabin. At least, I managed to visit one of the well maintained lavatory.


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Clean lavatory bowl


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Tidy washbasin



Yirina just finished her meal as I met her at the galley. Matthew and Bashar were still eating.
“How was your meal?” Yirina asked.
“It was wonderful,”
“Can I help you with anything else?”
I took the opportunity to ask Yirina more details of our flight. I must say, she was very helpful with it!  

At one point, Yirina said, “Please wait for me, here,”
She then disappeared towards the aft cabin.
While waiting for her to return, Bashar approached me with a mini box of Godiva chocolates. “Here, I have got a present for you,”
“Thank you,” I was somewhat perplex.

Yirina returned with a Polaroid camera, a booklet and a cap. The cap of Captain Meadows!
“Here, put this on,” she said while handing me the cap.
Yirina made herself up with her EK red hat and white scarf.
“Can you take a picture of us?” She asked while handing Bashar the Polaroid camera.

After the session, Yirina went on framing our photo in the booklet, writing a comment and gave it to me. I was speechless!


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Booklet cover


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Content



I could not help asking Yirina for another photo. This time with our DSLR.


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Yirina and me. Courtesy of Bashar



“Do you want Captain Meadows to put some comments in your book?” Yirina suggested as I was yet to overcome my amazement.
“Oh, yes, please,”
“I will ask him to check and to write anything in your book,” Yirina took my notebook and left the galley.
“You can return to your seat if you want to,” Bashar said.
“Oh, yes, thank you,” I was still mesmerized while returning to my seat. The booklet? I left it in the galley.

Yirina appeared not long after I got seated, “He did not know what to write. But he did!”
Fellows, do you remember the flight status earlier on my report? The details are a courtesy of Captain Meadows!  
“Thank you,”
“You are welcome,” Yirina slunk off, but returning some minutes later.
“You forgot this,” She smiled while handing my booklet.
“Oh, yes, I did forget it. Thank you so much!”
I was in cloud nine.

“Ladies and gentlemen, we will start out descent and expect to land in Dubai in thirty minutes. Please, put your seat in the upright position and fasten your seatbelts,” Charbel’s announcement sadly brought me down to earth, again!  

Matthew passed scented hot towels. Yirina went on collecting the blankets, while Bashar took charge of distribution of fast track cards.

Fasten seatbelt signs were soon illuminated.



Landing (UAE time)



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Overflying Dubai



Cabin lights were gradually dimmed as A6-ERF got positioned in a landing pattern.
“Cabin crew, prepared for landing,” At Captain Meadows announcement, I turned to the front camera.


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12L-30R in sight


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Touch-down



Like our previous flight from Amsterdam full brakes were applied as soon as the wheels hit the runway.

As A6-ERF vacated 12L-30R at 01.20, I was expecting another ten minute trek to T3 with EK headquarter as my point of reference. But this distinctive building never came in sight. In fact, A6-ERF came to a completely stop five minutes later. Docked at a bus gate!

As the cabin was brightened, I got the feeling that our journey to an incredible country already came to an end, even we were yet halfway to our final destination.
‘Cheer up, Suryo!’ My conscious suddenly spoke to me. ‘The magnificent DXB T3 is waiting for you. Do not forget, you are at a bus gate now!’



[Edited 2011-04-30 09:33:33]


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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2438 posts, RR: 53
Reply 8, posted (3 years 3 months 4 hours ago) and read 25673 times:

Disembarking




“Please come this way,” Bashar called us to 2L door.
“Thank you,“ I said goodbye to Bashar. But, ‘Where is Yirina?’

As I looked around, she was apparently standing at 2R. As our eyes met, she subsequently waived me goodbye with a lovely smile!
I waived back quickly. Gosh, I wished I could wish her farewell properly, but the flow prevented me making any side step.

I did not know how strict the DXB ground staffs would be regarding photography on the tarmac. I wished Roni could have published this report of him earlier: Yak Attack!: Fars Air Qeshm Yak-42D (by ronerone Apr 29 2011 in Trip Reports)

Hence, I just did quick point-and-shoot while walking down the staircase.


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On top of the staircase. No other exit except 2L



Apparently, only 2L was used for us to disembark. I was wondering whether it had anything to do with the DXB bus gate policy.


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RR Trent engine close up. You never get enough of the EK logo



My excitement of the bus gate vanished as soon as I got downstairs and saw the busses. The windows were blinded!  


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Right before entrance



I tried to cheer up with the thought that a night photo would not be that successful anyway. The five minute bus ride felt somehow like eternity.


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Bus interior



Do you know how happy I was when the doors finally slid open revealing the first glimpse of lower level ofT3.


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Signage



We were about to experience our six hour layover in DXB. But that will be for the final part




Conclusion



“Indi…ah! Incredible India!”
From the amazing legacies of the Mughal dynasty, rich history of opposing Maharajas, breathtaking temple of devotion and last but not least, hospitable and charming people in their beautiful dresses. It is all reality! India, you are such a darling!

My EK, your previous slogan “Fly Emirates. Keep Discovering” portrays my experience perfectly. I kept discovering gems of flight attendants on your flights. Flight attendants? They were more than that, they were my best friends!

On this opportunity, I would like to thank in a random order:

Yirina, Bashar, Matthew and Captain Meadows for the wonderful flight;
Ojas, Sandeep and Roni for the wonderful idea to go to India with EK;
Herman, for his huge photographic contribution of my report;


And Last but not least, all of you, my fellows, for joining me along. Dhanyavād

Do not hesitate to read my previous reports:

Love At First Sight: An Emirates Story From AMS (by akhmad Mar 11 2011 in Trip Reports)
Incredible India: Dubai To Delhi And Beyond (by akhmad Apr 1 2011 in Trip Reports)

I hope that you have enjoyed my report. Nevertheless, I know there is always room for improvement. Please feel free to leave some suggestions.

Namasté,
Suryo



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User currently offlineSpdBrdConcorde From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 171 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (3 years 3 months 3 hours ago) and read 25364 times:

Brilliant...Beautiful...You have raised the bar on Trip Reports Suryo.A delight and a pleasure to read.You have captured the esssence of your travel well.Terima kasih banyak untuk berbagi dengan kita.

User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2438 posts, RR: 53
Reply 10, posted (3 years 3 months 3 hours ago) and read 25321 times:

Temanku Vivek,

I am so happy meet you here. Thank you so much for dropping by.

Quoting SpdBrdConcorde (Reply 9):
Brilliant...Beautiful...You have raised the bar on Trip Reports Suryo.

That is so sweet of you. Terima kasih.   



Quoting SpdBrdConcorde (Reply 9):
A delight and a pleasure to read.You have captured the esssence of your travel well.

I am so happy to know that. It is my pleasure to share my travel experience with all of you.

Quoting SpdBrdConcorde (Reply 9):
Terima kasih banyak untuk berbagi dengan kita.
Sama-sama.

Vivek, I am so grateful of your feedback. You really encourage me to do better in my writings. Dhanyavād.

Cheers,
Suryo



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User currently offlineluxair747SP From Germany, joined May 2010, 504 posts, RR: 17
Reply 11, posted (3 years 3 months 2 hours ago) and read 25106 times:

Hi Suryo,
as always very professional and detailed TR, combined with many amazing shots.
It really made a very nice saturday read for me.
The departure lounge with the green accents looks very comfortable and somehow, the style is different to most other premium lounges.
India always impresses me, and I really want to visit it later too.
The flight on Emirates also looked like a very good experience, as the F/A was very kind and the service personal.
I didnt know about the alcohol rule, thanks for that.
The meal also were looking very decent and big.
Thanks again for this outstanding report.
Cheers
Johannes


User currently offlinesignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 2996 posts, RR: 8
Reply 12, posted (3 years 3 months 2 hours ago) and read 25062 times:

What fascinating pictures of your continuation of your trip to India! You mentioned before that you will try to improve - I don't think it necessary!

May I ask, how you travelled around India? We always hear of how interesting, and intimate, the trains are, but when some friends of mine visited, they hired a taxi for 2 weeks!

Jaipur looks vaguely familiar - was it in a James Bond film? Or maybe that was elsewhere in India.

And once again, excellent record of your flight. You do have much luck with friendly crews! Thank you again!

signol



Flights booked: none :(
User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From France, joined Sep 2003, 5137 posts, RR: 55
Reply 13, posted (3 years 3 months 2 hours ago) and read 25040 times:

Hoi, Suryo,

superb well done.

What a detailed view into India, never believed what you showed us, fascinating.

EK doing well on your flight and DEL looks anything else like an airport in a country called India.´

Looking for the final part of you´re travels now.

Best regards,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



Next: How to deliver a present in style!.
User currently offlineJL418 From Italy, joined Jun 2009, 493 posts, RR: 6
Reply 14, posted (3 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 24795 times:

Hey Suryo!

I know I might sound quite repetitive but I can't do anything but praise your TR! It has been really like being around Rajastan with Herman and you. Your pictures were absolutely sharp and the writing enjoyable. I am deeply envious about the places you managed to see, Jaipur has been on my to-see-list for a very long time (and I'm afraid it'll remain there for an equally long lenght as well, unfortunately).

One thing I like about your TRs is your attitude towards the staff members. Let them be Bhatnagar and Bharat from the lounge in Delhi, or the tamburine boy (is it legal to send such a young kid to work in a hotel in India, by the way?) or Yirina on the flight, you always show kindness and respect for them, recognising their efforts. I appreciate the fact that you're are praising them for the care and passion they have put through their activities and I believe that they're going to like it, even if it's very likely that they'd never know. Well done Suryo!

Looking forward to the next chapter of your TR!


User currently offlineLuftfahrer From Germany, joined Mar 2009, 1012 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (3 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 24690 times:

Hi Suryo,

I can only congratulate you on this trip report! I just loved how you managed to bring in so many elements of your journey other than just the flight itself, which is especially great, seeing India as an amazing country. Really well done!  
Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Warning

You better not challenge it...

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Me practicing Hindi

Pretty successfully, I see.  
Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Very well performed puppet show followed.

I can't help, but it looks very similar to the divine service I attended in a Hindu temple in London last year. It was a great experience.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Emirates SMS

Great feature, is it free of charge? Makes me wonder if other airlines have it as well.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Costa Coffee outlet

Costa is everywhere... probably more widespread than Starbucks? I even found it in places such as university cafeterias.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Commonwealth Game 2010 may have been finished. But the spirit was still in the air.

Talking about Commonwealth Games... the next ones are going to be held in Glasgow, I saw the advertisement. There's not much of a spirit yet, though.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Unfortunately, none of them could accommodate our DSLR.

The advantage of flying economy class: Most of the time I have so far been able to accomodate my camera bag underneath the seat in front of me.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Generous amount of orange juice followed along with ice cubes and Champagne as the finishing touch. All carried out in my amazement.

I wonder if he also had the recipe for the "screwdriver" in his booklet? 
Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
“Do you want Captain Meadows to put some comments in your book?”

Amazing!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
The cap of Captain Meadows!

What can I say... congrats!  
Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Disembarking

Tell me, how could you disembark without trying to meet Captain Meadows? Weren't you excited to have a few words with him?

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Hence, I just did quick point-and-shoot while walking down the staircase.
Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
RR Trent engine close up.

I think you did an excellent job here. Great motive!

Many thanks for sharing! I hope to see more trip reports from you in the near future, Suryo.

All the best,
Marius



Et là tu montes encore plus haut et ça persiste, alors on vole
User currently offlinejayeshrulz From India, joined Apr 2007, 1027 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (3 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 24669 times:

This trip report kept me glued like more hours!!

You have raised the bar of trip reports in airliners.net.
Roni, you got to see about this  

I have to say, that though i stay in india, i have not had the chance to go to all such places, but it feels amazing to see how it looks!
All i can say about EK is Amazing! Though you got to agree that they can be a hit-or- miss!

Thanks for sharing.Shukriya  



Keep flying, because the sky is no limit!
User currently offlineQuokka From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (3 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 24197 times:

Hi Suryo,
What a fantastic trip report. Congratulations to you and Herman for capturing such beautiful views of some of the splendours that India has.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 5):
But with such airy interior and rich natural light, the area will never feel cramped.

The new airport in Delhi is a major improvement on what was there previously, although I note that the stamping fetish remains. And to think that they have a god named after you  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 7):
Yirina went on framing our photo in the booklet, writing a comment and gave it to me. I was speechless!

How nice it was of Yirina to organise a special photo and a note from the captain for you. But then you always treat staff as you would like to be treated and that does make a huge difference.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 8):
Apparently, only 2L was used for us to disembark. I was wondering whether it had anything to do with the DXB bus gate policy.

EK have used both doors 1L and 2L for deplaning on previous visits to DXB so it may come down to whether there are passengers in F or not.

Once again, an excellent report and I look forward to the next gripping installment.

Best wishes,
Roy


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6714 posts, RR: 78
Reply 18, posted (3 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 24137 times:

Hi Suryo,

excellent report full of fabulous pictures, another great addition to your outstanding series. Thanks for taking the time to compose all that again!

EK's J Class product looks fine as usual - and good to hear that you met very nice crew members.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
At one point, Yirina said, “Please wait for me, here,”
She then disappeared towards the aft cabin.
While waiting for her to return, Bashar approached me with a mini box of Godiva chocolates. “Here, I have got a present for you,”
“Thank you,” I was somewhat perplex.

Yirina returned with a Polaroid camera, a booklet and a cap. The cap of Captain Meadows!
“Here, put this on,” she said while handing me the cap.
Yirina made herself up with her EK red hat and white scarf.
“Can you take a picture of us?” She asked while handing Bashar the Polaroid camera.

After the session, Yirina went on framing our photo in the booklet, writing a comment and gave it to me. I was speechless!

Wow, very impressive!


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlinenethkt From Thailand, joined Apr 2001, 1068 posts, RR: 3
Reply 19, posted (3 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 24119 times:

10-10-10

I-N-C-R-E-D-I-B-L-E trip report fro incredible India!

Love all the pics and always a big fan of your trip report.
Now I really want to travel to India in style!

Hope you come back to Phuket soon!!



Let's just blame it on yields.
User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2438 posts, RR: 53
Reply 20, posted (3 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 23779 times:

Hi Johannes, signol, Markus, JL418, Marius, jayeshrulz, Roy, PH, Attaphon,

Thank you so much for dropping by. How happy I am to meet you here.


@ Johannes:

Quoting luxair747SP (Reply 11):
as always very professional and detailed TR, combined with many amazing shots.
It really made a very nice saturday read for me.

Your comment has made my day. Thank you so much for reading.

Quoting luxair747SP (Reply 11):
somehow, the style is different to most other premium lounges.

You are right about it. I think it is a good thing if an independent lounge proprietor distinguishes himself, for instance by interior style.

Quoting luxair747SP (Reply 11):
India always impresses me, and I really want to visit it later too.

You will visit India one day.

Quoting luxair747SP (Reply 11):
The flight on Emirates also looked like a very good experience, as the F/A was very kind and the service personal.

They were amazing and doing their best to make you feel at home.

Quoting luxair747SP (Reply 11):
I didnt know about the alcohol rule, thanks for that.

You are welcome.

Quoting luxair747SP (Reply 11):
The meal also were looking very decent and big.

The portion was generous. I never left hungry with EK.

Quoting luxair747SP (Reply 11):
Thanks again for this outstanding report.

It has been a pleasure.


@ signol:

Quoting signol (Reply 12):
What fascinating pictures of your continuation of your trip to India!

It makes me very happy to know that. Thank you.

Quoting signol (Reply 12):
You mentioned before that you will try to improve - I don't think it necessary!

Thank you. I really appreciate your feedback.

Quoting signol (Reply 12):
May I ask, how you travelled around India?
Quoting signol (Reply 12):
We always hear of how interesting, and intimate, the trains are


We have been arranged a car with driver. The only train ride we had was between Delhi and Agra.

Quoting signol (Reply 12):
they hired a taxi for 2 weeks!

I think it is the most convenient way to travel around as you can pull over as many times as you like to shoot beautiful scenery India is abundant of.

Quoting signol (Reply 12):
Jaipur looks vaguely familiar - was it in a James Bond film? Or maybe that was elsewhere in India

That was in Udaipur.

Quoting signol (Reply 12):
And once again, excellent record of your flight.

Thank you with a courtesy of Yirina and Captain Meadows.

Quoting signol (Reply 12):
You do have much luck with friendly crews!

I just want to socialize with the crews.

Quoting signol (Reply 12):
Thank you again!

It has been a pleasure. Thank you for reading.


@ Markus:

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 13):
superb well done.

What a detailed view into India, never believed what you showed us, fascinating.

I am so happy to know that you like it. You being A.net EU ambassador are my inspiration as well.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 13):
EK doing well on your flight

EK was wonderful.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 13):
DEL looks anything else like an airport in a country called India.´

I have never been in other Indian airport. But what I have learned from fellow A.netter Roy for instance, T3 is a major improvement.


@ JL418:

Quoting JL418 (Reply 14):
I know I might sound quite repetitive

Please don’t feel that way. Your feedback is always valuable to me.

Quoting JL418 (Reply 14):
but I can't do anything but praise your TR

Thank you so much.

Quoting JL418 (Reply 14):
It has been really like being around Rajastan with Herman and you.

It has been a pleasure to take you along.

Quoting JL418 (Reply 14):
Your pictures were absolutely sharp and the writing enjoyable.

I am so happy to know that. Thank you. Herman gets the credit for the pictures.



Quoting JL418 (Reply 14):
I am deeply envious about the places you managed to see, Jaipur has been on my to-see-list for a very long time (and I'm afraid it'll remain there for an equally long lenght as well, unfortunately).

My friend, you will be visiting Jaipur one day. Who knows what the future holds.

Quoting JL418 (Reply 14):
One thing I like about your TRs is your attitude towards the staff members. Let them be Bhatnagar and Bharat from the lounge in Delhi, or the tamburine boy or Yirina on the flight, you always show kindness and respect for them, recognising their efforts.

That is very sweet of you. Thank you.   



Quoting JL418 (Reply 14):
(is it legal to send such a young kid to work in a hotel in India, by the way?)

I have no clue. They told us that the boys do the performance only in the weekend. On weekdays, they go to school. I forgot to mention this by the way.

Quoting JL418 (Reply 14):
I appreciate the fact that you're are praising them for the care and passion they have put through their activities and I believe that they're going to like it, even if it's very likely that they'd never know

That is the least thing I can do for them. They deserve the credit.

Quoting JL418 (Reply 14):
Well done Suryo!

Thank you.


@ Marius:

Quoting Luftfahrer (Reply 15):
I can only congratulate you on this trip report! I just loved how you managed to bring in so many elements of your journey other than just the flight itself, which is especially great, seeing India as an amazing country. Really well done!
Quoting Luftfahrer (Reply 15):
You better not challenge it...

That is why we stayed on the main road.

Quoting Luftfahrer (Reply 15):
Pretty successfully, I see

I was doing my best.

Quoting Luftfahrer (Reply 15):
I can't help, but it looks very similar to the divine service I attended in a Hindu temple in London last year. It was a great experience.

You could have seen the service of the family. They have been on several countries in Europe like UK and Netherlands by invitation.

Quoting Luftfahrer (Reply 15):
Great feature, is it free of charge? Makes me wonder if other airlines have it as well.

EK SMS service is free of charge. It was my first time using such facility, so I do not know about SMS service of other airlines.

Quoting Luftfahrer (Reply 15):
Costa is everywhere... probably more widespread than Starbucks?

I am not sure about it. I could remember any Costa outlet neither in Malaysia nor in Indonesia.

Quoting Luftfahrer (Reply 15):
There's not much of a spirit yet, though.

Perhaps, the spirit of Royal Wedding still prevails.

Quoting Luftfahrer (Reply 15):
The advantage of flying economy class: Most of the time I have so far been able to accomodate my camera bag underneath the seat in front of me.

You make me jealous.   



Quoting Luftfahrer (Reply 15):
I wonder if he also had the recipe for the "screwdriver" in his booklet?

I am sure about it.

Quoting Luftfahrer (Reply 15):
What can I say... congrats!

Thank you.

Quoting Luftfahrer (Reply 15):
Tell me, how could you disembark without trying to meet Captain Meadows? Weren't you excited to have a few words with him?

Marius, you make a good point here! Gosh, what a missed opportunity!  
Quoting Luftfahrer (Reply 15):
I think you did an excellent job here. Great motive!

Thank you.

Quoting Luftfahrer (Reply 15):
Many thanks for sharing!

It has been a pleasure. Thanks a lot for reading.


@ jayeshrulz:

Quoting jayeshrulz (Reply 16):
This trip report kept me glued like more hours!!

I feel honored. Thank you so much.

Quoting jayeshrulz (Reply 16):
You have raised the bar of trip reports in airliners.net.
Roni, you got to see about this

Roni has always been my inspiration.

Quoting jayeshrulz (Reply 16):
I have to say, that though i stay in india, i have not had the chance to go to all such places, but it feels amazing to see how it looks!

Especially when you see them in real. I would say, go for it!  
Quoting jayeshrulz (Reply 16):
All i can say about EK is Amazing! Though you got to agree that they can be a hit-or- miss!

I think it is fair to judge EK on my own experience now which has always been a hit!

Quoting jayeshrulz (Reply 16):
Thanks for sharing.Shukriya
Dhanyavād. It has been a pleasure to me.


@ Roy:

Quoting Quokka (Reply 17):
What a fantastic trip report. Congratulations to you and Herman for capturing such beautiful views of some of the splendours that India has.

On behalf of Herman, thank you so much for your nice words. It has been our pleasure to share it with you.

Quoting Quokka (Reply 17):
And to think that they have a god named after you

Hehe, you can put it that way as well.  



Quoting Quokka (Reply 17):
How nice it was of Yirina to organise a special photo and a note from the captain for you. But then you always treat staff as you would like to be treated and that does make a huge difference.

I just want to make friends with them. I think you are right, Roy.  



Quoting Quokka (Reply 17):
EK have used both doors 1L and 2L for deplaning on previous visits to DXB so it may come down to whether there are passengers in F or not.

Thanks for the information. Now you say it, if there were any F passengers, they were supposed to walk past the front J cabin as the air bridge was connected to 2L in DEL, which did not happen.

Quoting Quokka (Reply 17):
Once again, an excellent report

Thanks again. It has been our pleasure.


@ PH:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 18):
excellent report full of fabulous pictures, another great addition to your outstanding series.

I am so happy to know that you like it. Thank you so much.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 18):
Thanks for taking the time to compose all that again!

It has been a pleasure. Thanks again for reading.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 18):
EK's J Class product looks fine as usual - and good to hear that you met very nice crew members.

EK could not stop amazing me. I am happy to have the crew members as friends.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 18):
Wow, very impressive!

It has been the most memorable moment on board to me.


@ Attaphon:

Quoting nethkt (Reply 19):
10-10-10

I-N-C-R-E-D-I-B-L-E trip report fro incredible India!

Thank you.   



Quoting nethkt (Reply 19):
Love all the pics and always a big fan of your trip report.

I am so happy to hear that. Herman gets the credit for the photos.

Quoting nethkt (Reply 19):
Now I really want to travel to India in style!

Go for it! I look forward to your own experience.

Quoting nethkt (Reply 19):
Hope you come back to Phuket soon!!

I really hope so.

Johannes, signol, Markus, JL418, Marius, jayeshrulz, Roy, PH, Attaphon, you really make me happy with your valuable feedback. I am so grateful of it and feel encouraged to do better.

Thanks for being my inspiration.

Cheers,
Suryo



Friends forever
User currently offlineEaa3 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 1000 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (3 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 23718 times:

Really great trip report (this installment and the ones before). I did much the same trip at basically the same time. I flew LHR-DOH-DEL on the 11th of Jan with Qatar Airways and returned DEL-DOH-DEL on the 28th. I also visited Jaipur, Agra, Rajasthan (tiger santuary) but in a different order. I went Jaipur --> Rajasthan --> Agra and then spent some time in Delhi and Haryana before returning to Europe. It's great to read a trip report that detailed a very similar trip to mine that took place at almost the same time. Although I haven't done a trip report I think that I just might in the next couple of weeks.

User currently offlineojas From India, joined Mar 2008, 2961 posts, RR: 24
Reply 22, posted (3 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 23655 times:

Excellent continuation of your TRs, good job done once again!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 5):
Was I dreaming?’ I kept wondering.

“Are you coming?” Herman called me.
I came down to earth, ‘We are leaving India! Time really flies when you are having fun!’  

Glad you had fun!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 5):
Yes, the officials were indeed addicted to stamping!

Well those are rules laid out by the govt and a specific reason as well.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 6):
There is an interesting gate division in A and B. Could it be a division of bus and non-bus gate?

No but it's that 2 separate wide bodies can dock at gates A, B respectively. Thus at peak times having more planes docking to aerobridges. Gates 1, 3, 24, 26 are custom made for US flights.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 8):
“Indi…ah! Incredible India!”
From the amazing legacies of the Mughal dynasty, rich history of opposing Maharajas, breathtaking temple of devotion and last but not least, hospitable and charming people in their beautiful dresses. It is all reality! India, you are such a darling!

Thank you for visiting India, please do come again   

Once gain thanks for sharing



A lion does not concern himself with the opinions of the sheep
User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2438 posts, RR: 53
Reply 23, posted (3 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 23481 times:

Hi Eaa3, Ojas,

I am so happy to meet you here. Thank you so much for dropping by.


@ Eaa3:

Quoting Eaa3 (Reply 21):
Really great trip report (this installment and the ones before).

Thank you. It makes me happy to know that.

Quoting Eaa3 (Reply 21):
I did much the same trip at basically the same time. I flew LHR-DOH-DEL on the 11th of Jan with Qatar Airways and returned DEL-DOH-DEL on the 28th.

You don’t say? How lovely!  
Was it your first time flying Qatar? How did you like it?

Quoting Eaa3 (Reply 21):
I also visited Jaipur, Agra, Rajasthan (tiger santuary) but in a different order. I went Jaipur --> Rajasthan --> Agra and then spent some time in Delhi and Haryana before returning to Europe.

That is beautiful! Where did you visit the tiger sanctuary?

Quoting Eaa3 (Reply 21):
It's great to read a trip report that detailed a very similar trip to mine that took place at almost the same time.

I am very happy to know that. It is great to have your valuable feedback.

Quoting Eaa3 (Reply 21):
Although I haven't done a trip report I think that I just might in the next couple of weeks.

I look forward to your report. Especially the Haryana part.


@ Ojas:

Quoting ojas (Reply 22):
Excellent continuation of your TRs, good job done once again!
Dhanyavād. It really makes happy to know that. Thank you for being my inspiration.

Quoting ojas (Reply 22):
Glad you had fun!

Definitely we had. Han jee

Quoting ojas (Reply 22):
Well those are rules laid out by the govt and a specific reason as well.

I see. Thanks for the information.

Quoting ojas (Reply 22):
No but it's that 2 separate wide bodies can dock at gates A, B respectively. Thus at peak times having more planes docking to aerobridges. Gates 1, 3, 24, 26 are custom made for US flights.

What a well though out design. Thanks again for the information.

Quoting ojas (Reply 22):
Thank you for visiting India, please do come again

We will. There are still many more of India to explore.

Quoting ojas (Reply 22):
Once gain thanks for sharing

You are welcome. It has been a pleasure to share it with you.


Eaa3, Ojas, I am really happy with your valuable and encouraging feedback.

Thanks for being my support and inspiration.

Cheers,
Suryo



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User currently offlineoa260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26853 posts, RR: 58
Reply 24, posted (3 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 23400 times:

Hi Suryo ,
One word AMAZING !   Your photos of India are just unique. I actually cant express in words the quality of the whole report. You really are a proffessional when it comes to these reports and the Indian subject matter was very interesting to me. Ive forwarded the link to my Dad who will love it also.

DEL has certainly changed since I was there over 10 years ago. Amazing changes. Great experience with the crew and some great memories. I salute you for the way you made peace with the lounge staff, we all get snappy at times.

Anyway congratulations again on a perfect report.


Regards

Philip  


25 LFutia : Goedenavond Suryo! Once again, a spectacular trip report. I hope that you have sampled India to its delight on the Northern side, now you must go back
26 Post contains images NZ107 : Hi Suryo, Another great report! Amazing photos. Even using words I've never ever heard of in my entire life! Thanks a lot for sharing. Wow, what a tou
27 Post contains images akhmad : Hi Philip, Leo, Nicholas, How nice to meet you here. Thanks for dropping by. @ Philip: Thank you. Herman gets the credit for the photos. I am honored,
28 luv2fly : I honestly never had a desire to visit India until now. You should work for the India tourist board, I am yet again blown away with one of your report
29 Post contains images akhmad : Hi TEW, It is one of the nicest thing I have ever heard. Thank you. It really makes me happy to hear that. It has been a pleasure to share my travel e
30 aflyingkiwi : Hello Suryo Have been waiting for this report and it certainly does not disappoint. Amazing photo's of India, it really does look like a mind-blowing
31 Post contains images sultanils : Dear Suryo, You have again succeeded in producing a wonderful trip report! Perhaps you were in pursuit of the 'Amazing India' commercial and I think b
32 akhmad : Hi aflyingkiwi, Nils, Thanks a lot for dropping by. I am so happy to meet you here. @ aflyingkiwi: I am happy to know that. Thank you for reading. I a
33 mk777 : Great places, great time & great people...that is India for you. the pictures are superb. the photos of DEL T3 are impeccable and did you know tha
34 directorguy : Great TR, Suryo-I love the personalized touches in your TR and the incredible travel photography. I feel like I went with you on your journey. Thanks
35 Post contains images parton87 : Hello Suryo Thank you for another great report! I really don´t now what to say, it´s amazing! India look incredible, I would like to go there now!:D
36 Post contains images FlyingFinn76 : Hi Suryo, Another masterpiece - your reports keep getting more breathtaking and awesome as they go. Amazing pictures from India, you really manage to
37 The777Man : Amazing trip report with amazing pictures! The sights in India are incredible indeed! T3 in DEL looks fantastic and I hope to ecperience that some day
38 Post contains images akhmad : Hi Mohit, Omar, Robert, P., Lars, How nice to meet you again here. Thanks for dropping by. @ Namasté Mohit: Agreed! Dhanyavād . I am happy to hear t
39 Post contains images Burj : Yesterday I walked about 20 miles over two days behind a walking robot over and over again...I got home and saw so many awesome trip reports.... I ope
40 Post contains images FlyingFinn76 : So your summer holiday this year will in Faro, then! After all if you give Portugal so much money, why not try to get something in return
41 Post contains images vivekman2006 : What a brilliant trip report, Suryo! Looks like you had a fantastic trip to India. Lovely pictures from Bharatpur & Rajasthan.... Emirates as usua
42 Post contains images infodesk : Hi Suryo, I am running out of superlatives to describe your reports with! Your depictions of India are like something out of a guidebook. Your hotel,
43 vandenheuvel : Hi Suryo, Too bad I didn't notice your trip report earlier. It was a great read. If more of the buildings where build in the style of your hotel it mu
44 Post contains images akhmad : Hello Burj, P., Vivek, Hannah, Tim, How nice to meet you here. Thanks for dropping by. @ Burj: Somehow you made me feel like I was there with you enjo
45 Post contains links and images RvXKaz : Namasté Akhmad, Oh, how much I hate you! I signed up with a.net to read flight reports and now I found myself reading your extremely spectacular jour
46 ROGERBCN : Hola Suryo! I ahve been reading all your 3 TRs around India... it was like going back to this magnificent country, although I have never seen this par
47 Post contains images ronerone : What an amazing report Suryo! You managed to truly captivate your Indian experience into one amazing consolidation that had me read every word. I must
48 Post contains links and images akhmad : Hi RvXKaz, Roger, Roni, Thanks a lot for dropping by. @ Namasté RvXKaz: I am sorry. I cannot help it. I feel really honored. Thank you… How beautif
49 abrelosojos : First of all, let me join the praise bandwagon by congratulating you on a truly INCREDIBLE report. The details were absolutely delightful. Dhanyavad.
50 Post contains images Burj : O.K. just for you I will go around JFK T3 and take lots of photos of the "jewel" of a terminal...to be fair even Delta knows it is bad and has FINALL
51 Post contains images akhmad : @ Hi, Alex: How nice to meet you. Thanks a lot for dropping by. Dhanyavād, I am really happy to know that you enjoyed my report. You can say that aga
52 Post contains images gr8circle : All I can say is "Wow!"......I was born and brought up in India but never got to visit Rajasthan.....your beautiful pics sort of compensated for that
53 Burj : YES! You'll see all about JFK T3 when I do my TR!
54 Post contains images akhmad : @ Namasté gr8circle: How nice to meet you here. Thank you so much for dropping by. Dhanyavād. I am so happy to know that you liked my report. I feel
55 SR 103 : Another fantastic trip report Suryo! I am glad to see you enjoyed India. The country really does have a lot on offer and I hope you get to go back to
56 Post contains images flightsimboy : My apologies for the delay in commenting on this excellent report. You took the time to document the history of the places you visited! Jaipur has got
57 AirIndia : Hi Akhmad, Congrats on the great report. I was born in udaipur and have spent considerable time there. I was surprised that there was no mention of Ud
58 Flying Belgian : Brillant. I love when TR show "more" than aviation pics, in that case wonderful Rajasthan.
59 Post contains images akhmad : Namasté Anosh, flightsimboy, AirIndia, Flying Belgian, I am very happy to meet you here. Thank you for dropping by. @ Anosh: Dhanyavād Anosh, I am g
60 flightsimboy : I meant to say Matthew!! lol. But I am sure Herman is quite professional too! (You noticed I could not comment on him because we don't see him!!) lol
61 AirIndia : hey thats very nice of you... my pleasure. I look fwd to the next report!!
62 Post contains links and images akhmad : Udaipur In 1829, Colonel James Tod applied the romantic tag on Udaipur in 1829 in his Annal & Antiquities of Rajasthan. Something you would imagin
63 Post contains images luxair747SP : Hi Suryo a very nice and impressive addition to the TR. Udaipur looks like a very nice city to visit. All the builidings and the temple look stunning
64 Post contains images akhmad : Namasté flightsimboy, AirIndia, Johannes, @ flightsimboy: No worries. Herman still appreciates your comment. @ AirIndia: I hope you like my covering
65 airbuseric : Hi Suryo fantastic, but very long report. Still I enjoyed it a lot, like travelling with you through India! Now your EK experience, it seems that this
66 akhmad : Hi Eric, You really make me happy with your reply. It has been a pleasure to take you along our journey through India. Thank you for reading. I know i
67 amax1977 : Another amazing TR from you, Suryo. Simply impresive. Thanks for sharing. Best, Alan
68 AirIndia : Akhmad, thank you so much for writing beautifully about Udaipur. Your report is as special as the city itself. I appreciate your good words. - I stud
69 Post contains images akhmad : Namasté Alan, AirIndia: @ Alan: I am so happy with your valuable feedback. It has been my pleasure to share it with you. @ AirIndia: It has been a pl
70 SloAir : Hi Suryo, I really had to take my time to read this report in full, so many beautiful pictures of India and EK. It seems that their business class is
71 akhmad : Namasté Blaž, Hvala. Thank you so much for taking your time to read my report in full. EK's business class is value for money. A345 is becoming less
72 AirIndia77W : Fantastic TR! --Nate
73 akhmad : Namasté Nate, Dhanyavād. I am very happy to know that you enjoyed my report. Cheers, Suryo
74 manny : This has to be the best documented trip report ever. Great job. And hope you get to travel to more exotic locations and keep bringing us these reports
75 Post contains images anshuk : Another absolutely fantastic trip report! I'm glad you had a great time in India. I really do love Rajasthan, it is such a beautiful place! Haha, just
76 Post contains images RvXKaz : Hi Suryo, I must share that your TR and travel through India has truly been exceptional and after reading your TR, my mom and I were contemplating on
77 Post contains images akhmad : Namasté manny, anshuk, RvXKaz, @ manny: Thank you. It really makes me happy to know that you enjoyed my report. Thank you for encouraging. I am doing
78 ba319-131 : Hi Suryo, You have posted some lovely images of India, most impressive and for those that like to travel, they are like a wonderful aroma, you want to
79 akhmad : Hi Mark, I was looking forward to your reply. Thank you for dropping by. How wonderful you put it into words. It has been such an amazing experience t
80 vieri : Green with envy that you flew on the A340-500! Still missing from my list of aircraft flown. Fortunately, will get the chance to fly his bigger brothe
81 akhmad : Hi Andy, Thank you for dropping by. I really appreciate your comment. You will fly the A345 one day! That is great. Will it be with Etihad or Qatar or
82 vieri : Actually, it will be with TG, the other carrier you havent mention! Will be in F, 1st time for us! Looking forward to it, especially the legendary TG
83 Post contains images akhmad : Hi Andy, Ah of course and I forgot SA as well. How wonderful! I hope you will share your experience with us. The Sicma aero seats are the reclining on
84 vieri : yes defo planning a TR. My other half is in the process of writing up our trip to Seoul/ Penang in March/April with EK/ Air Asia X, hopefully it ll b
85 Post contains images akhmad : Hi Andy, That is lovely. I am looking forward to it. Isn’t it great to have your other half share the same interest. Exactly my point. Refurbishment
86 vieri : yes they ve done quite a few of the 2 and 3 class 777Ws, they tend to keep their regular ICE instead of widescreen. The vast majority of the 3 class
87 akhmad : Hi Andy, Nice to know the progress. The nose camera view has become so precious during takeoff and landing on board of EK. A possibly second A380 serv
88 vieri : They are getting a lot of cargo on the AMS flight, hence the A380 will go to AMS only when they ve at least double daily I reckon. Hopefully KUL will
89 akhmad : Hi Andy, I am really happy to meet you again. Ojas has hinted at the second daily flight. I hope this A380 dream will come true for us in AMS. It is m
90 HAWK21M : Great stuff.....You should make this into a part of your Travel book.....
91 Aseem : amazing photos! surprised to see A340-500 on DEL route. Never heard of it. VT-ASJ
92 Post contains images akhmad : Namasté MEL, VT-ASJ, Dhanyavād. Thank you very much. ********************************************************** MEL, We did! For India, we made the
93 Post contains images HAWK21M : Nice....I meant a Hardcopy of this TR....
94 Post contains images akhmad : Namasté MEL, What a great idea of yours! Dhanyavād. Suryo [Edited 2012-11-02 11:15:00]
95 EAL1011 : I love this trip report report. So well written and the photos are awesome. I look at it all the time. I am going on a tour of the "Golden Triangle" o
96 Post contains images julio777 : Hi Suryo I realy enjoy reading your trip report, beautiful pictures and detailed sharing of your trip on board emirates. Thanks for posting such a wel
97 Post contains images akhmad : Namasté EAL1011, Julio, Thank you so much for taking your time to reply. ********************************************************** EAL1011, Dhanyav
98 Post contains images eastafspot : Wow, what a gem of report Suryo You always set the standards very high, here with no exception. You've increased my wish to try EK, and to visit India
99 Post contains images akhmad : Namasté Léo, Dhanyavād. Thank you so much for the sweet words. I am delighted to know that. It has been a great pleasure of mine to share it with y
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