Wednesday, August 25, 2010

First stop - Mumbai

Continental Airlines: We left Miami to Newark, NJ on a brand new 757. I’m used to fly on American Airlines old 757 planes that have tape holding the overhead panels and always break down when everybody is ready for departure, so this Continental plane sure looked like a nice upgrade.
Then we left Newark, NJ on a direct flight to Mumbai, India. Continental flies on the big 777 aircrafts on this route, they are brand new and with all the comfortable you cannot expect on an American Airlines flight, for example, on the same aircraft: Gentle flight attendants, decent food, great entertainment center with hundreds of options, large screen and power outlet on each seat… a great experience for a 14 hours flight. This was my first time flying Continental and I will fly with them again.

Mumbai, formerly called Bombay, is the capital of the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is the most populous city in India, and the second most populous city in the world, with a population of approximately 14 million. Along with the neighbouring urban areas, including the cities of Navi Mumbai and Thane, it is one of the most populous urban regions in the world. Mumbai lies on the west coast of India and has a deep natural harbour. Mumbai is also the richest city in India,and has the h ighest GDP of any city in South or Central Asia.

We arrived at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (formerly Sahar International Airport) is the main aviation hub in the city and the busiest airport in India in terms of passenger traffic.  In 2007, it catered to over 25 million passengers.

We drove through the chaotic night traffic to Shilpin and Deepu's apartment where we had our first Indian meal.
The dessert Kaju covered with real silver was delicious!

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