Uh oh! It’s that feeling when walking through an airport in India, you suddenly realise that your hand is empty and you don’t know where your phone is. Searching through every bag pocket reveals old serviettes and lolly wrappers, but no phone.
Fortunately for me it was Jet Airways to the rescue when I arrived at Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi, India. Slightly dazed after waking from a deep sleep and then getting off in a rush is asking for trouble when you travel with lots of bits and pieces, however a plane is probably one of the best places to leave your phone behind.
Jet Airways to the rescue
The kind folk at Jet Airways, India’s Best Airline according to Trip Adviser (based on airline reviews submitted on TripAdvisor flights from February 2016 to February 2017) tell me that once passengers leave the plane, security personnel are the next to board and your phone is safe with them.
With my seat number in hand, the search began for my phone. I had forgotten that I’d had a seat swap with my travelling companion so in the end it was Tucker, my pet corgi dog, who saved the day and identified the phone as mine with his smiling face on my screen saver.
Network throughout India
Jet Airways operates flights to 65 destinations, including India and overseas, with a robust domestic India network that spans the length and breadth of the country covering metro cities, state capitals and emerging destinations.
The airline also operates flights to key international destinations in South East Asia, South Asia, Middle East, Europe and North America. The Jet Airways Group with a fleet of 112 aircraft, including Boeing 777-300 ERs, Airbus A330-200/300, Next Generation Boeing 737s and ATR 72-500/600s.
Using codeshare partners (Qantas in Australia), Jet Airways offers seamless connections from Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Darwin and Auckland. I was able to book my luggage from Dehli to Brisbane via Singapore without a problem.
Travelling in business class means you’ll have the luxury of a seat with massage functions. I find the gentle vibration of the seat is a good way to keep blood circulating and even lulls me off to sleep.
Jet Airways Business Class menu
The Business Class menu offered good diversity and with delicious Indian options balanced by western-style food. I started with tomato basil soup, followed by mushroom and vegetable cannelloni and finished with an Indian dessert, angoori rabdi. The grape-shaped cottage cheese dumplings were seeped in cardomom-flavoured sweetened milk. I could have chosen white chocolate and raspberry mousse or ice cream and popcorn.
All the food was served on attractive china with metal cutlery and salt and pepper grinders. It was like dining in a restaurant.
Travellers who book with Jet Airways also have access to an Explore India Pass which allows domestic travel on a single ticket and lower fares on advance bookings.
Travel tips for India
Here are some travel tips for India. If you have some more, please share them in the comments below.
- Lightweight comfortable clothes for the warmer, humid afternoons
- A warm jacket/windbreaker for the cool breezy evenings
- Sturdy footwear for walking
- Sun hats/caps, sunglasses and sun screen
- A small bath towel that dries easily will come handy
- A small backpack for day trips
- First Aid Kit with basic medication (For gastric, motion sickness, etc)
- Personal toiletries & insect repellent
- Wet/Antibacterial wipes
- Travel adaptor
- 230 V; Plugs C & D & M
It is highly recommended.
Modes of payment:
Do carry cash in India as it is the most preferred mode. Also, local currency is needed for tipping. Credit cards are accepted in larger outlets/hotels.
It is not mandatory but widely practiced in India, so do give the drivers and service staff a tip if you have enjoyed the experience and to show appreciation for services rendered.
It is restricted in many temples, museum and wildlife sanctuaries. Do obtain permission or special tickets for using the camera where necessary.
Rupee – change in Singapore as there is a limit on the amount that can be changed in India