Unfortunately, due to plenty of travel and friends visiting, my latest update on this report has taken a lot longer compile than expected.
Day 5 began with breakfast and then a quick 2-hour flight from GOI to BLR on board an ATR 72. GOI was nothing to write home about. High security before checking in at the airport followed by separate queues based on gender to go through departure security. The women’s queue was a lot shorter than the men’s with many folks trying to push in. Be warned that getting through security can take some time.
Once past security, the airport itself does not have much to offer. Not much choice for food so do ensure you are full before heading to the airport. I hate to see what the airport is like during peak travel period, not long after this photo was taken, the airport got crowded quite quickly.
After a brief delay of maybe around 30 minutes, our flight is called for boarding. The notices for the flight were a bit confusing but eventually, myself and fellow passenger managed to work out where we had to go. Coincidently, she was going to be my seatmate for the next 2 hours.
We board a bus that takes us on a quick 30 second journey to our plane.
For those interested, you board this aircraft from the rear and not the front.
Seating is in a 2×2 format with 1 class only.
Seating space was adequate.
A snack consisting of sandwich and muffin was served almost immediately after takeoff.
We arrive in Bangalore in good time and pleased to say there was no rain.
A quick shot of the front of the craft before we head off to the hotel.
After collecting my luggage, I decide to grab an Uber, partly because the hotel taxi was going to cost around 8x more. I had to walk about 10 minutes from arrivals to the designated Uber pick up point. Taking an Uber was a great idea, but Uber really needs to signpost this better as it can be quite confusing.
In my Uber on my way to JW Marriott….
This driver was a complete c#@k. The maps used by Uber (I am assuming it’s Google Maps) were slightly wrong and he had to drive an extra 150-200 metres to reach my destination. He demanded a tip from me because the maps were wrong, in fact he was quite threatening. Needless to say I told him I’ll be contacting Uber management about what’s happened. Anyhow, not sure if Uber are still associated with him.
After checking in, I make my way to my room and grab some quick shots of the view before I head to dinner.
Semi view of the stadium next door…
I head to the restaurant for buffet dinner before the evening rush arrives.
The choice of food was quite excellent, especially the desserts. After 3 rounds, I decide to call it a day with my decision to go early a winner as after this, the restaurant got quite busy.
The JW Marriott buffet restaurant is one of my favorite places to dine in during all of my stays here in Bangalore.
Some final snaps of the hotel room before I get down to work for the night.
Spacious even with 2 queen beds in the room.
A lot different compared to the shower in Goa…
Bathroom with a view.
JW Marriott is probably one of the best hotels in India that I have stayed in. It’s comfortable, spacious and has a lovely atmosphere. There is also a shopping mall next door with a number of restaurants. I ate in a Mexican restaurant the last time I was here, as well as a Chinese restaurant. None however were as good as the hotel hence why I decided to eat there this time.
My stay here lasted one night only. Once morning came, after a day of meetings it would be off back to the airport for a red eye flight back to Singapore.