I grabbed a cup of hot bella coffee from the crowded Hatti Kaapi outlet outside the Bangalore airport terminal, and found a comfortable seat to perch myself. I had caught an early morning flight from Mangalore, and was to be joined by my friend Ganesh a.k.a the smiling buddha (SB), also the master planner behind this trip, and his friend Deepak—a young entrepreneur who’d given up his career in a large Investment bank to pursue opportunities in waste management.
We were on our way to Bihar to experience what Bodh Gaya had to offer; and then to Varanasi by road and rail.
Soon enough, I caught sight of SB; who instead of looking for me, was standing in line of some food outlet. Deepak joined us shortly after, and we were on our way. We would fly to Patna, take a train to Nalanda, go by bus to Bodh Gaya, take a train to Varanasi, and then fly back to Bangalore from Varanasi.
We landed in Patna by late afternoon. Sorry to say this Bihar, but your airport needs some serious work. It reminded us of the very small Cochin airport, from some 15 years ago. A prepaid cab took us to Hotel Fort, where we’d booked a room. Thankfully the room we got was slightly bigger than the Patna airport, and so we could sleep well after a long flight.
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