Friday, 18 October 2019

Hilton Mumbai International Hotel (Mumbai, India)

When I woke this morning I decided to finish planning and booking the next part of this tour. But first, breakfast and a nap after I returned to my room.

I’d been thinking about what I’d like to do and it was time to implement. Working with my tracking spreadsheet I was able to book my flight to and from Kathmandu (Nepal), the hotel, and the return flight to Mumbai for one night before flying to Abu Dhabi. The challenge was working with the regional airlines, almost all were ones that were unfamiliar. Thanks to a little help from Kannan as we spoke yesterday, I was able to confidently make the bookings.

I will be staying in a Hyatt in Kathmandu. (The Hilton that is being built isn’t ready for guests.) It seems to be one of the best in the city and has great reviews. I plan to stay there six nights since this will be one of the most unique places that I will visit. Why not? I’m sure to find something to keep my busy. Perhaps a helicopter ride in the Himalayas. Also, today I decided not to take a helicopter from New Delhi to the Taj Mahal near Agra.

To give the housekeepers time to clean my room I ordered a bowl of minestrone soup in the lobby lounge and wrote my travel blog for yesterday’s activities.

Later I had a small dinner in the executive lounge. As I was leaving I was asked to wait for a few moments. Then the lead person in the lounge and two of the servers brought in a large piece of chocolate cake with a message written on the place thanking me for staying at the hotel. I don’t think they do this for everyone. I felt very honored. After six days at the hotel I started to develop a good rapport with much of the staff. They were sad that I was leaving. But I have to move on and see more places.

Watched a few more episodes of Star Trek before bedtime. Tomorrow I’m leaving for New Delhi. The adventures continue….

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