Aladdin's tiger safari adventure in India

Meruka India Tourism Service
India Wildlife and Medieval Tour for Mr. Aladdin
Mumbai – Rajkot - Sasan Gir – Alang - Ahmedabad – Delhi – Corbett – Delhi - Neemrana – Jaipur - Ranthambhore – Fatehpur Sikri – Agra – Delhi - Bandhavgarh – Kanha – Pench – Nagpur – Mumbai

34 Nights – 35 Days
Cut short to 30 days due to VISA issues


Day 1: Arrival Mumbai

Meeting and assistance on arrival at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai with pla card of your name escort you by a private car and transfer to the to the hotel, our representative/driver will hand over all the documents, final tour plan, hotel vouchers, invoice and will assist you for any query about the tour plan, and will report to next day morning as per your advice to pick you up for next day morning tour. Overnight at the hotel.

No longer possible to apply for VISA in Thailand and I only got a 30 Days e-visa so I have to wait at the airport until midnight before I can pass the immigration. This I will get one day extra and I only need to cancel one day of Tiger safari in India. The last day at Pench. But I'm not happy!

Tuesday 5th of January 2016 and this is the first time ever (that I can remember) that I hope my flight is delayed. Arrival to Bombay and I will wait in the arrival hall until after midnight to pass IVS GLOBAL in Bangkokthrough immigration. Thus I can stay one day longer in India. But Taj Mahal hotel and Bombay are cancelled.

So how did I end up in this shit? I have been to India before and you apply and fill up your application on line. Then you go to IVS GLOBAL Pvt Ltd, Address: 22nd floor, building name: 253 Asoke, Opp: Rutnin Eye Hospital, Soi 21, Sukhumvit. A few minutes’ walk from my place.

You leave your finger prints and application and you pay the fee. About 1 week later you pick up your tourist visa. So imagine my shock when I came to IVS GLOBAL and they told me that only residence of IVS GLOBAL in BangkokThailand could apply for visa in Thailand. And yes, I understand that you can put whatever rules you like. But then they should have this information on their web page!! I can apply for e-visa only, valid for 30 days and my tiger safari is 35 days, booked and ready.

What a set-back, but as Chief Officer is my profession I don't gave up. Hard to find any use for a Chief Officer giving up.

But coming home from Donsol and I ended up in Yet another Smiley on www.aladdin.stbed for 4 days with tonsillitis. After 3 days I felt better but then it came back and I had to go to the hospital. As soon as I got better I could start pondering the visa problem. Maybe I could do a VISA run to Nepal.

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I will apply for yet another e-visa after arrival to India and I will take a flight to Kathmandu on the 24th of January and then I come back with 30 new days. I sent this suggestion to several tourist organisations and government offices etc. But no one could give me an answer. So I decided to make this my last trip ever to India (I have already made new plans for safari adventures in the East of India) and to cut it short.

I had to go to the dentist at 10 o'clock and when I was back home I could not feel anything on the left hand side of the mouth. So tea was not to think about. I had to throw the milk I bought On the way to Suvarnabhumi Internationalyesterday for my last tea, and the onion for my “Tuna Surprise” went the same way.

I ate my apples and it felt good so I picked up one of the onions from my garbage bin and I made myself a delicious “Tuna Surprise” and a pot of tea.

I felt good, my plan had been to eat a Pizza or to visit one of the restaurants at Suvarnabhumi Airport. And I just know how this would have ended.

I packed my computer and I brought my bag and I left to look for a taxi. There was a taxi on the street coming up our drive way to make a U-turn. I waved at him and we were soon on the way to On the way to Suvarnabhumi InternationalSuvarnabhumi International and Thai Airways flight TG 317 to Bombay.

The flight is leaving at 18:50 but I was feed up just sitting home doing nothing. And there wasn't time to start something.

So I can as well spend the time at Thai Airways lounge at Suvarnabhumi.

Very light traffic and we were hauling arse and I had checked in about 40 minutes after we had Suvarnabhumi Internationalleft Sukhumvit Soi 23.

Security and immigration was a few minutes only as there wasn't much people. 3 people in front of me at the security and I was soon in Thai Airways lounge with 2 cans of soda water, and some snacks.

Gate 2CA and I suspect that this means that we have to go by bus, nothing I'm happy about. Arriving to Suvarnabhumi it is OK with the bus as they take you to the immigration and no need to trot for miles after miles.

I had time to update my web page while waiting at Thai Airways Lounge. I also had time to add a few birds to my list of Birds I have seen in Africa on my bird watching page. And don't be surprised if you will find a list of birds I have seen in India at www.aladdin.st in a near future

Checking-in at Thai Airways on Suvarnabhumi International

I was at Gate C2A quarter past 6, boarding time according to the boarding pass. No sign of any Checking-in at Thai Airways on Suvarnabhumi Internationalboarding and I went to enquiry. I was told that the boarding would start in 10 minutes.

And yes, we had to go by bus and I was surprised to discover a Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet on the tarmac. And I was told that the flight was full at check-in.

Obviously a lot of people going to Bombay. But I had never seen Thai Airways lounge so empty before as it was today.

Thai Airways flight TG 317 from Bangkok to Bombay
Thai Airways Boeing 747

Thai Airways flight TG 317 from Bangkok to Bombay
Thai Airways Boeing 747

Thai Airways flight TG 317 from Bangkok to Bombay
A new bus arrives with passengers

Thai Airways flight TG 317 from Bangkok to Bombay
Thai Airways Boeing 747

Thai Airways flight TG 317 from Bangkok to Bombay
Thai Airways Boeing 747

Thai Airways flight TG 317 from Bangkok to Bombay

Thai Airways flight TG 317 from Bangkok to Bombay
On board Thai Airways Boeing 747 - Jumbo Jet

Thai Airways flight TG 317 from Bangkok to Bombay
On board Thai Airways Boeing 747 - Jumbo Jet

I took my seat and the Stewardess recognised me and I'm pretty sure she was on the flight to Copenhagen last summer when I went for my Polar bear Quest. Or if it was my flight to Thai Airways flight TG 317 from Bangkok to BombayJohannesburg, it was one of the two flights and I checked my old pictures and yes, it was her.

She recognised me and she told me that she had brought big cups of tea for me. The busses brought passengers and as soon as we were ready they closed the doors and we could leave.

I was sitting up front in the first class. No first class tickets sold so the first class section was turned in to business class.

I didn't mind, but the seat was not very comfortable in reclined position as the head support was very hard and in top position I had the hard frame just under my Thai Airways flight TG 317 from Bangkok to Bombayshoulders. So the seats in biz are more comfy. Of course, the first class seats are way bigger

I was in my seat when I guy came up and introduced himself as Doctor something. He asked if I could take on my safari helmet so he could get a picture with his son.

As soon as we had taken off the Stewardess brought me a cup of tea. Yet another Smiley on www.aladdin.st A small cup of tea. She told me that they didn't had any big mugs. But she would arrange for a Thai Airways flight TG 317 from Bangkok to Bombaythermos for me if I wished. And I could pour down as much tea with milk as I wanted.

That sounded like a great idea and I was soon enjoying tea and snacks while watching a movie. And they were soon bringing the dinner and I had asked for cod fish.

I was enjoying myself with the and movie, and it was a great idea with the thermos and I made a mental not to ask for a thermos next time. And that is even if they have the big mugs. I can sit in my chair minding my own business without having to call the Stewardess every time I need a refill.

Thai Airways flight TG 317 from Bangkok to Bombay
Tea time on board Thai Airways flight

Thai Airways flight TG 317 from Bangkok to Bombay
Dinner time on board Thai Airways flight

Thai Airways flight TG 317 from Bangkok to Bombay
We're approaching Bombay

Thai Airways flight TG 317 from Bangkok to Bombay
We're approaching Bombay

Thai Airways flight TG 317 from Bangkok to Bombay
Landing in Bombay

Thai Airways flight TG 317 from Bangkok to Bombay
Time to leave the plane

Thai Airways flight TG 317 from Bangkok to Bombay
Time to leave the plane

I watched 2 movies and when the second movie was ready we were approaching Bombay International. I had about 2 hours of waiting to look forward to as I don't want to pass through Immigration before midnight. Bombay International, what a difference from when I was here 30 years ago.

The whole place is new and it looks very nice. But it was a very long walk to the Immigration and luggage claim. And nowhere to sit down with a table as I had planned to update my web page. OK, I can surf the internet, disappointment again. No internet unless you had a mobile phone with a number working here. Impressive!

But I was kind of impressed by the funky music they played at the immigration, a wee bit to listen
to while waiting for the clock to turn midnight.

Bombay International Airport
Bombay International Airport/ Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport

Bombay International Airport
Bombay International Airport/ Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport

Bombay International Airport
Bombay International Airport/ Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport

The time passed slowly but it turned midnight and you just need to click HERE to find out how my Immigration plan worked out.

You can easily follow the Indian tiger by clicking the below link, but they will NOT be ACTIVE until the actual “day by day” adventure is experienced, So keep an eye Yet another Smiley on www.aladdin.st out for daily updates! It is also possible to follow the tiger safari adventure on the below map of India.

• DAY 1: Flying to Bombay
No longer possible to apply for VISA in Thailand and I only got a 30 Days e-visa so I have to wait at the airport until midnight before I can pass the immigration.

So day #2 will be day #1 and so on. Here is the new updated itinerary


• DAY 2: Mumbai – Rajkot (By Air)- Sasan Gir (175 kms: 4 hrs)

Information about Gir Forest National Park from Wikipedia by clicking HERE

• DAY 3: Sasan Gir game drive

• DAY 4: Sasan Gir game drive

• DAY 5: Sasan Gir to ALANG

• DAY 5: Alang to Ahmedabad by car - Delhi (By Air)

• DAY 6: Delhi to Corbett by car (280 kms: 7 hrs)

Information about Jim Corbett National Park from Wikipedia by clicking HERE

• DAY 7: Corbett game drive

• DAY 8: Corbett game drive

• DAY 9: Corbett game drive

• DAY 10: Corbett – Delhi (280 kms: 7 hrs) – Neemrana - Jaipur (260 kms: 4 hrs)

• DAY 11: Jaipur "Pink City"

• DAY 12: Jaipur "Pink City"

• DAY 13: Jaipur to Ranthambhore wildlife Sanctuary by car (180 kms: 4 hrs)

Information about Ranthamboret National Park from Wikipedia by clicking HERE

• DAY 13: Arrival to Ranthambhore

• DAY 14: Ranthambhore wildlife Sanctuary game drive

• DAY 15: Ranthambhore wildlife Sanctuary game drive

• DAY 16: Ranthambhore – Fatehpur Sikri – Agra (280 kms: 5 - 6 hrs)

• DAY 17: Agra/ Taj Mahal

• DAY 18: Agra to Delhi (200 kms 5hrs)

• DAY 18: Arriving to Delhi

• DAY 19: Delhi

• DAY 20: Delhi – Jabalpur (By Air) - Bandhavgarh National Park (165 kms: 3 hrs) By car CHANGED

Yes, they have had one to many incidents at the Jabalpur Airport with the wild life and the airport is closed. Read about it HERE. So I have to fly to Khajuraho with Jet Airways

• DAY 20: Delhi – Khajuraho(By Air) - Bandhavgarh National Park (250 kms: 5 - 6 hrs) By car

Information about Bandhavgarh National Park from Wikipedia by clicking HERE

• DAY 21: Bandhavgarh National Park game drive

• DAY 22: Bandhavgarh National Park game drive

• DAY 23: Bandhavgarh National Park game drive

• DAY 24: Bandhavgarh to Kanha National Park by car (220 kms: 5 hrs)

Information about Kanha National Park from Wikipedia by clicking HERE

• DAY 25: Kanha National Park game drive

• DAY 26: Kanha National Park game drive

• DAY 27: Kanha National Park game drive

• DAY 28: Kanha to Pench National Park by car (115 kms: 3 hrs)

• DAY 28: Arriving to Pench

Information about Pench National Park from Wikipedia by clicking HERE

• DAY 29: Pench National Park game drive

• DAY 30: Pench National Park game drive

• DAY 31: Pench National Park game drive Cancelled due to VISA issues - No longer possible to apply for VISA in Thailand and I only got a 30 Days e-visa so we had to cancel the last 5 days

• DAY 31: Pench to Nagpur by car (170 kms: 4 hrs) – Mumbai (By Air) Changed to day 30 as afternoon safari canceled due to closed park. This was the seond park that Meruka had booked a safari Wednesday afternoon when all the parks are closed.

So I decided to leave for Bombay in the afternoon instead of having to get up 4 o'clock in the morning to get a early morning flight to Bombay


• DAY 30: Pench to Nagpur by car (170 kms: 4 hrs)

• DAY 30: Nagpur to Mumbai (By Air)

• DAY 31: Back to Bangkok Day 30 as I was clever enough to wait until the 6th of January to pass the immigration at arrival to Bombay

• DAY 32: Arriving to Bombay

• DAY 33: Bombay sight seeing

• DAY 34: Bombay sight seeing

• DAY 35: Back to Bangkok


Map of India

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