India Day 1: Flight to Delhi & First Impressions

Wow! What a day. It’s 1:15 AM on Wednesday here in Delhi, but my parents and I are still on Toronto time so we’re somewhere between wide awake and ready to pass out. (If you’ve ever experienced jet lag, you’ll know what I mean!)

It took 14 hours to get from Toronto to Delhi, but that was truly one of the most comfortable flights I’ve ever had. We flew direct with Air Canada in Premium Economy, which means more legroom, better meals, wider seats and a much cozier cabin than regular economy. There were only 3 rows (21 seats), which meant we were able to sleep in a very quiet, dimly lit cabin with minimal disruptions from people walking up and down the aisles. I definitely recommend Premium for a great experience on long-haul flights. The food was surprisingly good (the butter chicken, rice pudding and samosas were a real treat) and there was hardly any turbulence – well done, Air Canada!

As first-time travellers to India, we were a little wary of what would greet us at the airport. Would we be walking into a country filled with crazy throngs of people (including pickpockets) and a horrible stench? Well, I’m happy to report that New Delhi, while quite smoggy, has none of the unbearable smells, piles of garbage and mobs of people that we were warned about. However, we’ll see how Old Delhi measures up later today when we embark on a half-day tour of the city. I’ll try to post daily updates, so please stay tuned! 🙂

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