A Trip to Mumbai to Visit a Client for an Important Discussion on Upcoming Project

I had to make a trip to Mumbai for a client meeting to discuss an upcoming project. The client wanted me to show a demo and asked me to meet him within the next two days. Tickets for the Mumbai trip were done on Jet Airways.

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About Jet Airways and My Journey on the Carrier

Jet Airways is a leading domestic carrier in India, operating from its hubs in Delhi, Kolkatta, Chennai, Pune and Mumbai. The airline is the second largest in the Indian domestic flight market and is known or its excellent passenger service. Air ticket booking for a flight on this carrier can be done through its easy online booking system.

Currently it operates to 68 destinations, enabling travelers to reach key cities inside the country and abroad. Through its many codeshare agreements, it is able to provide connectivity to those locations that it does not directly service. Its frequent flyer program is called Jet Privilege through which travelers can enjoy greater perks and benefits.

My journey on the carrier was smooth and lasted one and a half hours. During the journey I enjoyed meals and some refreshments. Once the flight landed, I took a cab to reach my lavish hotel accommodation.

Oberoi Hotel – Epitome of Elegance and Luxury

My place of stay was the opulent five star Oberoi hotel. Situated in Nariman Point, this hotel has 287 rooms which are spread across 21 floors. My room was lavishly furnished and inclusive of the most modern comfort. I was able to enjoy an elegant interior ambience and facilities ranging from plush bedding to wi-fi and much more.

The hotel has three restaurants, where you can enjoy sumptuous Indian and international cuisine. The menu offered in each one of them is refreshing and all dishes are prepared in gourmet style. Guests can also enjoy dinner by the pool side and even opt to cook with the master chef to create dishes that are suitable for their palette.

Key recreation facilities are kid’s pool spa, beauty salon, swimming pool, massage center and gym. Using the services of the travel desk, guests can enjoy sightseeing tours.

A key aspect about this hotel is it business facilities which are state of the art. This service is highly conducive for conducting meetings and conference as various office furniture and communication device are available for such activities. Other key guest facilities are babysitting, room service, butler service, laundry, doctor on call and housekeeping.

Meeting with the Client Was Successful

I took a cab to reach the client’s venue for the meeting. The meeting lasted for a couple of hours, during which time; I discussed many key points and showed my demo. I also clarified many issues with the client and we had lunch at the local restaurant. I then came back to the hotel in a cab.

Visiting the Famous Elephanta Caves

I had heard so much about the beautiful Elephanta caves and decided to visit it. It is a UNESCO designated world heritage site. Located on the Elephanta Island, the caves have sculptures of Hindu and Buddhist gods, which can be seen in two separate cave sections.

As I passed through the sculptures, I was amazed at the sheer intricacy of work that had been put into them. After spending time till early evening in the caves, I returned to the hotel to pack or my return flight.

Exploring New Flavours Of Madurai In A Short Journey

Chennai To Madurai Flights

Chennai To Madurai Flights | Image Resource : wordpress.com

Cooking is not just a profession for me. It is an art. I often travel to different locations to enhance my culinary skills and learn to prepare new dishes. I went on a similar trip to Madurai last winter. I travelled from Chennai to Madurai by JetKonnect. As I have travelled across different parts of south India by air, I was well aware that the price of tickets of Chennai to Madurai flights is higher during the winter season. So, I booked my tickets a month in advance and was able to avail a lucrative discount on them. I reached the city as per the scheduled time.

I stayed at a hotel based in Lady Doak College Road. It was located close to major tourist attractions of the city such as Seventh Day Adventist Church and Meenakshi Amman Kovil. It was well connected with the airport also. The hotel offered a wide range of modern amenities such as laundry, doctor on call, Jacuzzi, gym and pool. Therefore, my stay at the hotel was a highly comfortable one. Here are some of the major high points of my Madurai sojourn: –

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Meenakshi Amman Temple | Image Resource : travelogyindia.com

Visiting the notable landmarks around Madurai

The next day, I went out to visit the major attractions of this ancient city. My first destination was the Meenakshi Amman Temple. This famous temple is dedicated to Shiva and named after his consort, Parvati. Constructed by Kulasekara Pandya, the temple finds mention in ancient Tamil songs as early as the 7th century. It was destroyed in 1310 by Malik Kafur and rebuilt in its present form by Nayaks who ruled here from 16th to 18th centuries. The thousand-pillar hall within the temple is a treat for the eyes.

I also visited the Samanar Hills located at a short distance from the temple. The caves here were used by Samanar monks who were Jains and were in use as early as 1 AD. The Jain carvings and sculptures here are exquisite. The hill top provides a panoramic view of the city. Pancha Pallam, a natural is located here. The tranquil atmosphere of the hills attracts many visitors.

Paruthi Paal

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Tasting local delicacies

I returned to my hotel from sightseeing quite late during the afternoon and was pretty hungry. My lunch was served in due course. The Paruthi Paal, a drink made from cotton seeds, jaggery, flour of raw rice and coconut helped me to get over the tiredness. It is one of the specialties of Madurai and is considered very good for people suffering from cough and cold.

I had Meen Kozambhu, a fish based recipe as main course. The gravy was prepared using tamarind, urad dal and toor dal. The use of chillies and tamarind gave the fish curry a hot and sour taste. I ended the meal with a drink named Jil Jil Jigarthanda, which is another specialty of Madurai. Prepared using almond gum, milk, sugar, sarsaparilla root syrup and ice cream, it satisfied my cravings for a cold beverage to the full.

What was unique about the Madurai trip?

So far, I used to focus mainly on starters and main course dishes. But after the Madurai trip, I started experimenting with cold beverages as well. Truly, the trip taught me many new things.