When the airline lost my luggage on the flight to India – Incredible India!

When the airline lost my luggage on the flight to India – Incredible India!

Yep!

We’re here.

In India!

Omigosh!

For those of you just catching up, here’s why?

WHY IS VICTORIA GOING TO INDIA?

India

Funny you should ask ‘cos I’ve been to India before.

Thirteen (13) years ago!

And I have to tell you.

I’ve got mixed feelings about it!

I travelled solo and I was there for a month.

I went to North India and I really liked it and enjoyed it enormously.

But I didn’t love it!

I went to Romania. It didn’t wow me!

And if I don’t like a place, I’m certainly going to tell you!!

I went to Rajasthan and saw tigers on safari at the Ranthambore National Park, adored the beautiful lakes at Udaipur, chuckled at the wedding cake cinema at Jaipur, licked and tasted camel ice-cream in Pushkar, rode elephants in Jodhpur, went camel-riding in the sandy desert of Jaisalmer, danced to the music of Bollywood, delighted in the openness of the local people, licked my fingers at authentic Indian food, and marvelled at the wonderful amazing-ness of the Taj Mahal.

India is awesome!

It was awesome!

However, road traffic was mad and over-whelming, the noise was deafening, the dirt and grime was disgusting, the River Ganges at Varanasi was not only filthy, but I actually saw a bloated dead body being dragged across the water by a dog!

The beggar children were heart-breaking, the overnight train was horrific that I couldn’t sleep a wink, and the food-poisoning that I caught from stale / under-cooked eggs at a 5-star hotel restaurant was so awful, that my skin colour actually turned grey!

That wasn’t good news!

I’m sorry, but India’s Holy River Ganges in Varanasi is utterly filthy!

In fact, I was so exhausted by the shopkeepers and city of Delhi that for the only time in my life, I actually wanted to go home!

I stuck it out though, but was thrilled to be able to fly away, and leave it all behind me.

Eek!

HMM! YOU DON’T SOUND TOO IMPRESSED, SO WHY GO BACK?

I feel like making dreams come true – Hello India!

So how is it that I’m going back to India?

Again?

And to some of the very same places too!

?!!!?!

Ha! Ha! Ha!

I’m totally mad!

But I’m doing it anyway LOL!

Well, I wanted to show my family, otherwise known as – The Music Producer and The Tall Young Gentleman, the best of India.

And I’m not the type of person that gives up, so back to India I go!

HOW LONG ARE YOU SPENDING?

The Tall Young Gentleman in Zagreb, Croatia

We have a 16-year-old school age boy so we have to go in the school holiday break, and that means just two (2) measly weeks.

Two (2)!

And we started with Delhi!

OMG!

THE REAL DELHI!

Humayun Tomb in New Delhi – the capital city of India!

It’s a little confusing but New Delhi, a district in Delhi, is actually the capital of India!

Even though both Delhi and New Delhi are frequently used to refer to the National Capital Territory of Delhi or NCT, they are in fact, two very different areas, as New Delhi is only a tiny part of the wider spectrum of Delhi as the National Capital Region! 

A bit like how New York City is only a small part of the State of New York!

Delhi is bordered by Haryana and by Uttar Pradesh and covers an area of 1,484 square kilometres (573 sq mi), with a population of between 11 – 16 million people!

Delhi is a very old city and has existed and been inhabited by various kingdoms and empires, since 6th century BC!

The most notable empires have been that of the Mughal Empire (1649-1857), and of course, the British Empire, otherwise known as the British Raj (1858-1947).

Delhi isn’t kind to travellers. It’s tough out there!
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner – India – October 2018

Delhi isn’t kind to travellers.

Myself included.

I was nervous about my first solo visit to India.

Back in 2005.

So I did my research for a nice hotel and asked STA Travel to book it for me.

They did.

And I paid them the handsome price of €17.00 or $15.00 per night.

Complete with hotel voucher!

I double-checked with the Delhi hotel via telephone, fax, and Email.

All seemed to be well.

They even sent a car to collect me from the airport.

The hotel in Delhi sent a car to collect me from the airport, then claimed they had never heard of me!
And while we’re at it – 7 other common travel scams to avoid!

But when I got to the hotel, they told me that they had never heard of me!

Even though I had spoken to them on the telephone just a few hours prior.

They knew nothing about it!

However, if I went to the luxury hotel down the road…

Perhaps they might have a spare room…!

It was 2a.m.

I was scared to leave the hotel.

So I refused.

Two hours later, they “found” my room!

Two hours later, my hotel room in India suddenly appeared!
And while we’re at it – 7 other common travel scams to avoid!

Haw! Haw!

So this time I was prepared.

And it was a good thing too ‘cos the airline lost my luggage!

LOST LUGGAGE IN DELHI!

Lufthansa – A most reliable airline. Not!

We booked a most reliable airline in order to get some comfort – in this case Lufthansa.

All the flight from Berlin to Munich were, due to foggy weather, delayed for about an hour and we all had to literally run to our connecting flights, as they weren’t!

We got to our gate huffing and puffing, but we made it!

We had a few issues with an elderly man who seemed reluctant to sit in his own Lufthansa seat instead of ours!
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner – India – October 2018

We had a few issues with an elderly man who seemed reluctant to sit in his own seat instead of ours, but after a lot of trying to find his family, and thus his seat, who funnily enough were in the row in front of us!

We merrily settled into ours.

After a while, we merrily settled into our Lufthansa flight!
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner – India – October 2018

And half-way through the flight one of the flight attendants discreetly told me that my luggage had been left behind.

In Munich!

This is when I heard that Lufthansa had left my luggage in Munich!
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner – India – October 2018

In truth, I wasn’t too worried as this wasn’t the first time that I’ve had issues with an airline!

Ha!

So we arrived at Delhi International Airport, otherwise known as Indira Gandhi International Airport.

In Delhi.

And airport staff were waiting for me with forms to sign and huge smiles.

What wasn’t waiting for us though, was my husbands’ suitcase!

The offending article is a 30-year-old Samsonite suitcase which isn’t even worth stealing!
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner – India – October 2018

He has a blue-green Samsonite suitcase which is a 30-year-old model.

I didn’t think it was even worth stealing!

I was wrong apparently!

It was gone!

And nobody knew where it was.

Was it in Germany?

Was it in India?

No-one had any idea.

Sigh!

Welcome to Delhi International Airport – Indira Gandhi International Airport!
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner – India – October 2018

‘Back to a thorough search through the airport.

And trying to describe my husbands’ Samsonite suitcase to staff who didn’t have a clue what I was talking about!

My husbands’ Samsonite suitcase was similar to the model below!

Samsonite Yeah!

While talking to one person, and then the next.

And signing even more papers and forms.

The result?

The airline lost my luggage on the flight to India & then gave us 10,000 rupees!
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner – India – October 2018
The airline lost my luggage on the flight to India & then gave us 2 toilet bags!
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner – India – October 2018

They gave us 10,000 rupees (€120 /£110 /$140) and two toilet bags!

I’M EXHAUSTED. HOW DO I GET TO MY HOTEL?

The Indian taxi driver tells you that your hotel is closed, over-booked, or burnt to the ground!
And while we’re at it – 7 other common travel scams to avoid!

There are a million and one stories as to what happens to tourists who arrive at their destination tired and exhausted.

You really don’t want to do that!

It was a good thing I had pre-booked a very nice family-friendly bed & breakfast / apartment-hotel.

We have a car and driver from Aashianaa Living. Hurrah!
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner – India – October 2018

And booked their hotel car.

It was called Aashianaa Living.

I booked it myself via booking.com

I also booked their hotel car!

Our luggage via Lufthansa – both suitcases – came 2 days later. Phew!
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner – India – October 2018

Our luggage – both suitcases – came two days later.

I couldn’t have been happier!

Phew!

IF INDIA DOESN’T BREAK YOU, IT’LL MAKE YOU STRONGER ‘COS INDIA IS HARD!

Perhaps India has changed!

And for those of you who are over 30 (ahem!).

This blog and the next couple of months weeks, is for you.

India isn’t easy, but if you want to go there.

You can!

And of course, if you’re really nervous, I offer a consultancy, and can help you organise or advice you on many parts of your trip to India!

For more info, click here!

Who doesn’t like an exciting adventure in Incredible India!

Who doesn’t like an exciting adventure?

Well, follow me over the next few months, and find out!

So  what are you waiting for?

‘Rah! ‘Rah!

WHEN THE AIRLINE LOST MY LUGGAGE ON THE FLIGHT TO INDIA – INCREDIBLE INDIA!

When the airline lost my luggage on the flight to India – Incredible India!

This article isn’t sponsored, and all opinions and lost adventures in India, are my very own!

Stay tuned.

Yay!

That’s it for now.

See you next week!

When the airline lost my luggage on the flight to India – Incredible India!

Watch this space!

Note! I never travel without insurance as you never know what might happen.

I learnt my lesson in Spain. And obviously, in countries like Qatar, where technically the risk is higher, I can’t imagine going that far beyond, WITHOUT INSURANCE. No siree! You can get yours here, at World Nomads!

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A win-win for all!

Thanks a million!

When the airline lost my luggage on the flight to India – Incredible India!

Has an airline ever lost or misplaced your luggage? Let me know in the comments below!

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5 thoughts on “When the airline lost my luggage on the flight to India – Incredible India!

  1. Ha! Enjoyed the story and sorry about the luggage. Funny enough Lufthansa did that do me once as well.
    A bloated body being pulled in the river by a dog? Yikes. We want to visit India one day but Lissette always says “when we’re older and have nothing to lose”. Ha!
    Just arrived in Morocco which is another not so easy destination. 5 weeks here. Lots hope we both make it through the next month or so…

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    1. Thanks so much Frank! You’re very kind.
      Lufthansa did that to you too. What happened?
      Yeah, India can be terrifying at times. ‘Just when you think you’ve never seen the like, something else shocks you in either fascination or fear! Even so, if you want to visit India, don’t leave it too late or you’d never be able to stand it without all your comforts, and a very hefty price tag! 😉

      Ah Morocco! Haw! Haw! I’ve been to Tunisia and Egypt many times, but not to Morocco, the last North African Frontier! 😀 I can’t wait to read all about it…
      p.s We got everything back 2 days later. Phew!

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  2. It took me some time, but I’m back to you and I couldn’t be happier to read about your recent travel stories. India is fantastic so I can’t wait to hear more! When I travelled to Kenya this January my luggage got lost as well so I had to wait 2 more days to get it delivered. These things happen but never let them spoil your experience in a new country. Kiss x

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    1. Aww! Thanks so much Agness! I’ve been so busy, it’s craaaazy! 😀
      India has been great. I’ve got great stories, you’ll see!
      Ach! I can’t believe that your luggage was missing too but I was dead cool although my husband was in a bit of a panic ‘cos he’s not used to long-term travel! 😉
      p.s. Like you, we got everything back 2 days later! Thank you Lufthansa!

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