|While traveling on the historic Toy Train through the foothills of the Himalaya Mountains, the train stopped for a food break at this quaint station.|
It’s Thursday, March 19th. In 14 hours, at 3:00 am, we’ll be picked up by a driver to return to the Mumbai Airport, which we left only hours ago. We barely slept last night after the late arrival at our hotel and tonight after dinner, we’ll try to get some sleep before the 2:15 am wake-up call.
|The first palace we visited on a tour from the Maharajas Express was the City Palace, also known as the Shiv Niwas Palace.|
The hotel manager told us some luggage shops are still open in the area in light of the Covid-19 fears and soon we’ll get a tuk-tuk to take us to a few nearby luggage shops.
We’d make an effort to unload most of our rupees but now, if they don’t accept a credit card, we’ll also have to go to an ATM to pay for the bag. But first, we’ll see if we can locate a bag and the cost. We don’t want to be left with rupees when we soon depart.
|What an unusual seat!|
The two flights from Madurai to Mumbai (via Chennai) were packed with face-masked travelers. For the first time, we both wore masks throughout the flights although we realize its not a 100% guarantee of safety from the virus.
|View of the city from the palace in Udaipur.|
Basically, once we have the new bag, we’ll need to repack to distribute the weight properly to comply with Kenya Airways baggage restrictions. They allow two-23 kg (50 pounds) bags each which we can manage easily once we have the new bag.
|Gold was often used in creating artifacts in palaces.|
Update: It’s now almost 2:00 pm and we recently returned from a 20-minute tuk-tuk ride through traffic to a Luggage World store (go figure). We easily found a “Swiss (army knife people) 26” bag in bright yellow for IDR 7000, US $93.25. We prefer unusual colors in bags making them easier to spot on the carousel. They accepted a credit card and we didn’t have to go to an ATM.
|At the nightly closing of the border ceremony between India and Pakistan, the Border Security Force members were aligned and ready to perform.|
Whew! That was labor-intensive after only a few hours of sleep! The rest of the day, we can chill, avoiding any naps so we’ll be able to fall asleep after dinner. I’d intended to do the final expenses for our time in India, but I think I’ll save it for the 12-hour layover in Kenya, during which I’ll prepare and upload tomorrow’s post.
Well, folks, the next time you hear from us, (tomorrow) hopefully, will be from the Jomo Kenyatta Airport in Nairobi, Kenya. And after that, may safari luck be with us, from Marloth Park, South Africa. If you first see a pig as the main photo on March 22nd, you’ll know we’ve arrived!!!
|The 108 foot Lord Hanuman at the Jakhoo Temple, in Shimla.|
Stay safe. Wash your hands. Don’t touch surfaces. Stay far away from others, if you can. And somehow, enjoy this quiet time doing things you may have wanted to do for a long time but never had the time.
Thanks, again for all of the well wishes. We’ll be thinking of all of you!
Photo from one year ago today, March 19, 2019:
|Mom and three babies. The fourth baby who’d been missing for several days never reappeared. For more photos, please click here.|