We flew on the red-eye from Dubai to Trivandrum to start the South India trip. Luckily I slept for a short while on the plane.
Indian airports, at any time, are a rapid and fairly frantic introduction to local color, noise and antiquated bureaucracy. Early in the morning, after little sleep in the air, it’s a lesson in patience.
Our travel company, Magic Tours of India, had arranged our driver to meet us.
Outside in the huge crowd, I spotted a sign with my name.
Major relief, the plan was about to work. There is always a nervous moment when you spill out into the crowd and hope the plan has worked.
Bundled into the car, we headed off into Trivandrum.
We had made up our day’s schedule from online research. We knew we would be tired out after the flight, so desisted from planning too much culture on day one and had decided to head to Trivandrum zoo, where there was also a museum and gardens.
Down the road, suddenly we pulled over.
“Elephants,” the driver told us, “there is a religious procession”.
“Can I take photographs?” I asked.
“Of course”, he said.
Completely unprepared, the wrong lens on the camera, but I hurtled out into it all.
Wonderful, it was unexpected India at it’s very best.
I knew it would be a good trip…
S.India trip planned with Magic Tours of India : http://www.magictoursofindia.com