Mumbai Airport: India’s Largest Art Gallery

We had finally arrived in Mumbai after approximately 33 hours of travelling from Cape Town. We still had one more flight to Kochi before catching (or rather missing) a train to Alleppey. We only had three hours between our flights and to collect our luggage, pass immigration and check-in for the connecting flight – we didn’t have much time to explore this airport, but you can’t help notice the amazing art pieces even in a state of over 30 hours of irregular sleep.

Mumbai International Airport’s new terminal opened in 2014 and is considered India’s largest public art gallery. The art pieces were collected and restored by award-winning curator Rajeev Sethi. He travelled the country for a period of three years to gather the objects for a display that runs for 3km through the airport on an 18-meter-high wall.

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How to Survive a 20-hour layover at HIA (Part 1: The free stuffs)

My wife and I commenced our journey to India on Thursday 19 November, 2015 and it seems we’ll only arrive at our first city in our exploration of India around 3pm on Saturday 21 November, 2015. This is in part due to having a 20-hour layover at Hamad International Airport (HIA), then boarding a plane to Mumbai, catching another flight to Cochin and then a train to Alleppey, Kerala.

This is the longest layover I’ve had in recent years. Fortunately, HIA has been reconstructed and has enough activities as well as free and paid lounges to keep you busy and comfortable during your layover.

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