I checked out of my hotel in McLeod Ganj at 4pm & arrived at my hostel in Nepal at 10.30pm the following evening. I really tend to drag out travel taking the cheapest & usually most uncomfortable & longest route possible. I had my last dinner in McLeod Ganj, made my way to get the bus at 6pm, took the 12hour bus to Delhi, got hassled by tuk tuk drivers waiting to rip me off in Delhi at 6am, arrived at the airport at 6.30am then waited. Boy did I wait. Until my flight from Delhi airport at 7pm.
This is the part of travel I detest! In India their policy is to only let people with boarding passes into the airport up to 4 hours prior to their flight! I was homeless, tired & cranky…. Luckily I managed to perch by a powerpoint & make my way through season 5 of Game of Thrones. Not the best thing to watch in public thanks to the sporadic nudity. I’m sure people presume I’m watching porn…..
I could have taken the opportunity to explore Delhi for a few hours but I was exhausted from the night bus (I never sleep on buses), totally fed up with the annoying rude people & lacking the motivation to do anything. Big Indian cities can be incredibly busy & very intimidating. The thought of having to navigate around another city when I was already in a miserable state made me shudder.
My mood was atrocious! I was blatantly unimpressed when people were feeding me incorrect information – I don’t know if this is an Indian thing or I’ve just become grossly aware of it. People will just outright lie to your face. You can call them up on it & they will smile & try to backtrack but I really really hate it. Today I am the girl with the stone face. Do not mess with me. I will not smile & accept your bullshit.
In India you cannot enter the airport without a boarding pass. You cannot enter the airport until a few hours prior to your flight. I was told 3 hours & 6 hours prior. Luckily Delhi airport has a separate area with 2 cafes where I could wait. It also has a lounge but I was informed it was closed – despite people obviously seated behind the glass in the lounge awaiting their flight. I may be a haggard tired looking backpacker but I’m no fool. I was really hating India by this stage! I could not wait to leave. Every persons stare & noise drove me insane. Patience is a virtue I seriously lack. FYI Delhi airport gives you 30 minutes of free wifi. I used this up by 7am giving my (highly dependent) friend instructions on her taxi from the airport to the hostel in Kathmandu.
The majority of the people at Delhi airport were rude & unfriendly towards me. I miss Irish hospitality. After a shitty day with nothing but stares from blank or frowning faces I am more than ready to bid good riddance to India. I won’t be back any time soon*.
After all my waiting, 9 episodes of Game of Thrones & rubbish airport food I was on my flight bound for Kathmandu with Cat Stevens – Katmandu playing on my earphones. You know that feeling you get after a tough day that everything is going to be ok? That. I got that.
It wasn’t even that tough a day. I was just waiting. I wasn’t doing manual labour or stressful work. I was just staying in one place. I admit I am a terrible traveller. Although now that I’m flying to Nepal I am feeling a hell of a lot happier.
*Disclaimer: I wrote this on a travel day & was extremely moody. I would go back to India – not as a solo female traveller.