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We left ORD on 10/2 for two weeks in India and a week in BKK afterwards. Unfortunately the time in BKK was limited to basically a hospital stay for my wife who got some horrible gi bug in India which manifested by the time we came to BKK. Fortunately she is on the mend and we are home as scheduled on the 25th but she was in Sumitivej hosp. in BKK for 5 days so we were there but saw basically nothing. However she is ok now so that is all that matters.

So lets begin. We had enough ff miles to go biz class so outward we flew ANA to Narita. Let me say that there is a reason ANA has a 5* rating according to airline equality. Everything was excellent from the service to the food and the extra attention. They had the new modular seating on the 777 and in addition to a seat which went fully flat they provided a nice quilt instead of a blanket and also had a nice pad for the bed. Quite comfortable really.

We have been in Narita before and its as I remembered it. It seems very stuffy, like no air is circulating. Fortunately the biz class lounge was fine and the food and beverages were good.

We connected on a Thai airways A380 to BKK and had an overnight stay there before going on to DEL at 1800 the next day. The BKK airport made Narita seem cool. It was sweltering. We booked a hotel called the Vismaya for about $48.00 which included R/T transport so the deal was good. its fine for an overnight stay but its basically in the middle of nowhere and the immediate road leading to it is so full of potholes that it seems you can drive in a straight line for more than 20 feet. The rooms are clean a bit bare but it had AC and the service was good and the price was definitely right. It took about 30 mins to get there from the airport which is longer than advertised but again it fit the purpose. If we had to do it over again the Novotel right in the airport would be our choice though its about 3x the cost.

The next day the hotel arranged a cab for us to go to a mall as I needed a new shirt so we did so and there in addition to some clothes I clicked one off the bucket list. I tried what I had been curious about for quite a while, the infamous durian fruit. You know its the one with the putrid odor and the sweet taste and custardy texture which Andrew Zimmern of Bizarre Foods fame could not stomach. Well actually it tasted pretty good once you got past the odor. How something can smell so bad and taste so good is beyond me.

So we caught our 1800 flight to DEL on Thai and I must say the service in biz class is very good. However compared to ANA the food was more like what I would expect in economy class.

We arrived in DEL late evening and much to my surprise they have separate biz/1st class check in lines in immigration so we got thru in a timely manner. Our bags were practically there when we hit the carousel and then right away you experience the Delhi hustle. A porter offered to push our bags which I had just put on carts to the waiting cars for $10.00 USD so we declined. I mean he watched me load them so hey the hard part is over. He followed us to the cars and tried to get money form our relatives who met us at IGI. My nephew offered rupees but no, he wanted dollars. Well no sir, you lose this time.

Next, three days in Delhi before going to Ajmer by train for our nieces wedding.

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