Exploring India with Jet Airways



Uh oh! It's that feeling when walking through an airport, you suddenly realise that your hand is empty and you don't know where your phone is. Searching through every bag pocket reveals old serviettes and lolly wrappers, but no phone.

Fortunately for me it was Jet Airways to the rescue when I arrived at Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi, India. Slightly dazed after waking from a deep sleep and then getting off in a rush is asking for trouble when you travel with lots of bits and pieces, however a plane is probably one of the best places to leave your phone behind.

The kind folk at Jet Airways, India’s Best Airline according to Trip Adviser (based on airline reviews submitted on TripAdvisor flights from February 2016 to February 2017) tell me that once passengers leave the plane, security personnel are the next to board and your phone is safe with them.

With my seat number in hand, the search began for my phone. I had forgotten that I’d had a seat swap with my travelling companion so in the end it was Tucker, my pet corgi dog, who saved the day and identified the phone as mine with his smiling face on my screen saver.

Would madam like a drink and snack?
Would madam like a drink and snack?

Jet Airways operates flights to 65 destinations, including India and overseas, with a robust domestic India network that spans the length and breadth of the country covering metro cities, state capitals and emerging destinations.

The journey begins with Jet Airways.
The journey begins with Jet Airways.

The airline also operates flights to key international destinations in South East Asia, South Asia, Middle East, Europe and North America. The Jet Airways Group with  a fleet of 112 aircraft, including Boeing 777-300 ERs, Airbus A330-200/300, Next Generation Boeing 737s and ATR 72-500/600s.

Using codeshare partners (Qantas in Australia), Jet Airways offers seamless connections from Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Darwin and Auckland.  I was able to book my luggage from Dehli to Brisbane via Singapore without a problem.


Glass of Jet Airways' welcome drink is freshly pressed green mango juice.
Jet Airways' welcome drink is freshly pressed green mango juice.


Travelling in business class means you'll have the luxury of a seat with massage functions.  I find the gentle vibration of the seat is a good way to keep blood circulating and even lulls me off to sleep.

Jet Airways' business class will massage you to sleep.
Jet Airways' business class will massage you to sleep.

The Business Class menu offered good diversity and with delicious Indian options balanced by western-style food.  I started with tomato basil soup, followed by mushroom and vegetable cannelloni and finished with an Indian dessert, angoori rabdi. The grape-shaped cottage cheese dumplings were seeped in cardomom-flavoured sweetened milk. I could have chosen white chocolate and raspberry mousse or ice cream and popcorn.

All the food was served on attractive china with metal cutlery and salt and pepper grinders.  It was like dining in a restaurant.

From Jet Airways Business Class menu - tomato basil soup
From Jet Airways Business Class menu - tomato basil soup

Jet Airways Business Class menu -vegetable cannelloni
Jet Airways Business Class menu -vegetable cannelloni
Indian dessert, angoori rabdi, with grape-shaped cottage cheese dumplings were seeped in cardomom flavoured sweetened milk served for Jet Airways Business Class.
Indian dessert, angoori rabdi, with grape-shaped cottage cheese dumplings were seeped in cardomom flavoured sweetened milk served for Jet Airways Business Class.

Travellers who book with Jet Airways also have access to an Explore India Pass which allows domestic travel on a single ticket and lower fares on advance bookings.


Travel tips for India

Here are some travel tips for India.  If you have some more, please share them in the comments below.

Packing List

  • Lightweight comfortable clothes for the warmer, humid afternoons
  • A warm jacket/windbreaker for the cool breezy evenings
  • Sturdy footwear for walking
  • Sun hats/caps, sunglasses and sun screen
  • A small bath towel that dries easily will come handy
  • A small backpack for day trips
  • First Aid Kit with basic medication (For gastric, motion sickness, etc)
  • Personal toiletries & insect repellent 
  • Wet/Antibacterial wipes 
  • Travel adaptor
  • 230 V; Plugs C & D & M

Travel insurance

It is highly recommended.


Modes of payment

Do carry cash in India as it is the most preferred mode. Also, local currency is needed for tipping. Credit cards are accepted in larger outlets/hotels.

Tipping: 

It is not mandatory but widely practiced in India, so do give the drivers and service staff a tip if you have enjoyed the experience and to show appreciation for services rendered.

Photography: 

It is restricted in many temples, museum and wildlife sanctuaries. Do obtain permission or special tickets for using the camera where necessary.

Currency:

Rupee - change in Singapore as there is a limit on the amount that can be changed in India

Disclaimer: Ed+bK was hosted by Jet Airways. 
In India, I stayed at the The Leela Palace New Delhi and The Leela Palace Bengaluru.  In Singapore I stayed at The Fullerton Hotel,

Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi, India.

Comments

  1. Anonymous10:21 pm

    I am a frequent flyer on Jet Airways and I totally agree with your comments on the courteousness of the Jet Airways staff, as always, they are very helpful and they even ensure that you are served whatever you are asked for. Even last time, I flew Jet from Bahrain to India, with my wife, they allowed us (family) to board first in both sectors that I were flying. This standard is the same. Further, please note that English and Hindi are most common languages, however, there are many other languages in India as well. English is widely understood and used. While greeting Indians, the best way would be with folded hands like this _/\_ and saying "NAMASTE" (Pronounced /ˈnäməˌstā/) or namaskar. Indians are known to treat guests as gods.

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    1. I found India to be a most hospitable country and totally enjoyed my visit there. It is a country that everyone should visit.

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