"We travel not to escape our life, but to stop life from escaping us"
We step off the plans and almost instantly break into a swear. It's 35 degrees C as we stroll across the Tarmac to the arrival building after a 3 hour flight from Delhi. Lucy and Tilley are both asleep still as we pass through the arrivals building. Inside there are groups of people waiting around the baggage Carousel and a few booths offering pre-paid Taxi's and sight seeing tours. We meander out into the street hop on a local bus to Fort Cochin.
When planning our itinerary I looked into lots of modes of transport between different places we wanted to see in India (plane,train,bus, boat, tuk tuk, taxi). The problem for us was time. We wanted to see a lot and had a couple week to squeeze it in. We were able to use the train system but for time saving a couple of internal flights really helped us out. India has a few airline that provide internal flights to hubs inside the country. After check the main ones we landed on using Vistara. They seemed to offer the times that worked best for us with tickets under $60 each were a bargain for the time we saved getting between places.
Our flight was Delhi to Cochin. The night before we left Vistara handily messaged me, updating me on my flight time, check in area and time, which was a great perk as thats something i'm always rushing to do before a run out the door before a flight anyway. The next day as we board the plane, Lucy and Tilley are out for the count and we are given blankets and pillow to make them, and us more comfortable by the cabin attendants. It's refreshing to have cabin attendants that seem to really want to help you. Unfortunately I think that been lost over the last few years so I definitely like to make a point of writing about it when the service is way above the norm. After take off we are served us followed by our meals. When we booked we were given a huge choice of complimentary meals but settled on Hindi and Asian vegetarian. These translated into curry with bread, and noodles with stir fried veg, both accompanied by and chocolate sponge and a yoga granola bar, yum!
Our flight was around 3 hours. A few captain updates, a short nap and a cup of tea later and we arrived almost exactly on time. The cabin crew helped us out and waved us on our way with a smile. So don't be fooled by the cheap prices that Vistara offer, these short internal flight give you bang for your buck and if you're short on time definitely think about checking them. I will be using them again for sure.