Finally, I was able to travel to Madurai!
Hope you and your family are safe in this pandemic situation of COVID-19. A couple of weeks back I had a trip to Madurai to vacate my apartment which was pending since May. In this blog, I have shared my experiences of travel during the pandemic. It is going to be a little longer, so grab some coffee and enjoy the live experience.
NOTE: During my whole trip I made sure to wear a mask all the time, cleaned my hands as frequently as possible, and maintained social distancing for my own and others' safety.
How it happened
I came home from Madurai in Feb 2019 to spend a couple of weeks with family while I worked in the EST hours. As the Holi was coming, I decided to extend my stay until Holi and leave after that. I rescheduled my flight to March 15th, 2019. During this period, I had a lesser workload and I got permission to extend my work from home for a couple of more weeks.
On March 24th, 2019, our honorable Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi announced the lockdown due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Luckily, I didn't travel and stayed at home. Since I was already working from home, I was able to manage it for a long period. Unfortunately, in April our client decided to shut down the project which had affected my job and I was asked to look somewhere else. After giving multiple interviews without any feedback, slow processes, or no jobs during the pandemic, I successfully landed a job and started working for a company in Hyderabad. Well, it was not the end for me with my Madurai adventures. I still had to visit there to vacate my apartment and get my stuff back home. I could not travel in the lockdown period and had to pay rent for more than six months without staying there. At least, my stuff was safe and the rent wasn't that much.
I kept monitoring the pandemic situation and was trying to fit in my (maybe) the last travel to Madurai. After the government had started lifting up the lockdowns in June 2020, I started planning to travel to Madurai. But the situation was still out of hands, the cases were rising at a higher rate than earlier and I figured it wasn't the right time to travel. Also, the rules for visiting Tamil Nadu were very strict. One had to go through the self / government-aided 14 days mandatory quarantine. I didn't have that much time and it wasn't safe as well. I waited for some more time and booked my flight tickets for September 12th, 2020. As September was arriving, the COVID-19 situation wasn't getting better and the restrictions were getting stricter to prevent the virus from spreading, I decided to re-schedule my flight to October 11th, 2020.
In the meantime, I was taking continuous updates from my friends in Madurai. Initially, I was a little scared to travel there due to the huge number of cases, but making a few trips to Delhi for some personal work helped me to calm down.
My day of first flight during the pandemic
On the day of my trip, October 11th, my flight was scheduled at 11:50 am from New Delhi IGI Terminal 2. I was residing in Greater Noida and planned to leave around 8:30 am so that I can be at the airport by 9:30 am. I booked an Uber cab from my home.
My conversation about the cab sanitization and COVID-19 tests for the drivers
The situation at the Delhi airport
The whole Airport seemed like a Hospital
|The situation at the Airport|
|Safety kit by Indigo|
|The COVID-19 protection|
The flight experience - I was shocked after entering inside!
The arrival at the Madurai Airport
|Madurai Airport from outside|
My two days well spent in Madurai
|A delicious Chettinad meal at Kumar Mess|
A mesmerizing visit to the Meenakshi Amman temple
|Meenakshi Amman Temple, Madurai|