India One More Time travel blog

Off the plane and humidity is a BIG change from Darjeeling

Our digs for a nite

View on the outside...

Drink venue...dinner was WAY over priced

Map of our destination island

The lineup for ferry tickets 6 a.m.

An hour later - we were in line until 10:30 a.m.!

Signing in at Lalaji

The Lalaji rooftop restaurant view - scene seen on back of 20...

Walking in downtown market area

Street scene

Main old town center clock tower

Dedication on it's base

Puga for shrine offering

Shrine in square

Central downtown roundabout


12/20

Up and out by 7 a.m. to catch our 10:30 plane to the Andamans. Very nice that Transit Inn provides the taxi to and from the airport as a part of the service package...they even got up early enough to give us breakfast at 6:30!

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At the airport we could not find a posting of our flight on the reader board just a listing of the gate. So we sat playing cards and Bon reading at our gate. After almost an hour a fellow (the one who had checked us in) rushed up to us and said "The plane is loaded, you must come now!" How many airlines would bother? Vistara - great experience flying! Even served a warm meal on the 2+ hour flight! WOW!

Daphne had booked us into Aashiaanaa Rest Home (all that was available) for one night. Since they had arrived earlier, she and Joey had been searching for other accommodations - we arrived at 10:30 a.m. Most of the rest of the day was spent dealing with logistics...we discovered that the govt. ferry tickets for each day are first come first served the morning before at 8:30a.m.. We found a great O.N. - Hotel Lalaji Bay View (Nilman - very nice manager) which allowed us to stay one more night.

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12/21

I went to the dock and waited in line beginning at 6 a.m. to get tickets to Havalock! After being in line and waiting for 4 1/2 hours (computers stopped for an hour as well), we were finally able to get our 3 tickets since we were in the senior line and also women! At first the sales guy said no tickets were available until afternoon ferry which would mean we'd arrive after 4:30 and make finding accommodations difficult. Bon was a bit irate and yelled at the guy who somehow 'found' tickets for the 6:30 a.m. ferry!

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