We have both turnaround and layover flight to Chennai, and I was so lucky to be rostered for the layover one. I always wanted to see India but never had the chance because buying a plane ticket in Japan is a luxury.
Let me give you some interesting facts about this city. Chennai or formerly known as Madras, is a city located in the state of Tamil Nadu and it also serves as the capital. It is one of the biggest cultural, economic and educational centres in South India. Chennai is among the most visited Indian cities by foreign tourists. It was ranked 43rd most visited city in the world for year 2015. The Quality of Living Survey also rated Chennai as the safest city in India.
My day started in India when we arrived at the hotel. I was left in awe that our hotel is like a palace of some sort.
I have heard good rumours about this hotel already even before I came here, and to find out they were right. It is just the best one that we stay in! There was also this sweet flower-like fragrance floating around the lobby.
The room itself is like a vacation already. The bathroom was spacious, the tub looks inviting, the closet was so big as well, “this is heaven” I said to myself. The room is also equipped with this iPad in which you can control the lightings (for sleeping, reading, eating, etc.), it gives you an external camera from your peephole as well and you can also unlock the door from the iPad. How cool is that? Everything can done in this device. It acts as a remote for your TV and air conditioner, room service menu, and an internet browser. I have never been amazed with a hotel room until I came to this one.
Me and the three other crew decided to meet at around 14:30 to start the tour to the temples outside the city.
I always enjoy sightseeing from the car as I can see the streets up-close and from a local people’s perspective. It was nearly a two-hour drive from the hotel.
The Shore Temple is one of the Seven Pagodas of Mahabalipuram that stood on the shore, of which one, this is the only temple that survived.
We also went to a different temple, however I forgot its name. Shame on me! If there will be any Indian readers, please contact me and tell me what is the name of it, thank you.
Whilst we were on the tour, there was a sudden downpour of heavy torrential rain. As the extreme weather won’t beat our spirit, we decided to carry on with the tour and ended up completely wet.
On our way back to the hotel, the guide recommended to have a quick stop and try a local milk tea and some Indian sweets.
…everything tasted really good!
Driving back from the temples to the hotel took us nearly three hours because of the traffic jam due to the afternoon rush. Thoughts were running through my mind during the entire trip and just realised that South Indians are one of the friendliest people I have ever met. They are so warm and kept their smiles on their faces. So here is a random photo with the local people we just met along the streets.
One day is not enough to explore this beautiful place but I am grateful that I had the chance to visit this country, experience their diversity and interacted with the people.
As I reached the hotel, I tried to book for a massage but it was fully-booked already so I just decided to fill up my tub with warm water and stayed there for an hour
ICHIRO | 勝利を目指して高く飛べ！✈︎