Chennai, INDIA: The Incredible Hindustan

indiaWe 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.14141720_10210483741717826_8738561246543296794_n

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.


Mahabalipuram Shore Temple

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.


As I was walking around the temple village, this sweet dog kept on following me. I hope he is doing fine!

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.14100390_10210483741317816_3445865876162153851_n

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!


Got really wet from the heavy downpour.

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.14100406_10210483731837579_3366352705303113421_n

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 hour14051778_10210483731237564_8678074113371840978_n

ICHIRO | 勝利を目指して高く飛べ!✈︎


About Ryu Namiki | 並木竜一郎

A 29-year old flight attendant all the way from Japan and now living in the United Arab Emirates. Flying for two years for one of the world's best airlines and is still enjoying a "chicken or beef" and "prepare all doors and cross-check" kind of life!
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