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My missed flight - Druk Air

I had pestered Google quite a bit for information on the things I could do in Bhutan (despite the compiled itinerary by the organizer). I was extremely excited I was going on a trip, after two years, without the husband and children. Holidays with family are lovely but holidays, without them, are relaxing as well as exciting because you can live your single life once again. The plan was made for twenty of us (none of us know all) to enjoy in Bhutan for three nights, while six of us were to land there a day earlier and enjoy four (fortunately because of last minute flight bookings that were limited).

Trip to Bhutan

Handbag items for Bhutan

My daughter wasn’t too happy with my plan because now she’s old enough to understand that I’ll be away for a while, but I was ecstatic. Despite having no idea about how to commute in the land of the dragons, I had planned each hour carefully. I was ready again, after two years, to travel by myself; the last time being to Sikkim.

I left home to catch the domestic flight to Delhi because that was where we would all meet and fly to Bhutan. Little did I know that my flight from Bangalore would be delayed for more than two hours due to the morning fog. Mentally, I was stressed by the end of the first hour and by the time I landed in Delhi, I had an excruciating pain around the nerves at the back of my neck.

Anyway, after landing, I had to wait for my luggage, which was one suitcase and it came out last. My friends were already boarding the flight to Bhutan so there was no way I could check in and catch the flight on the second floor. Dejected and exhausted, I burst into tears. I had run back and forth so many times that my mouth was dry. With no fault of mine, I had actually missed a flight.

Relief work

Relief work with marble powder by Radhika Karwa

Relief Art

Relief work with marble powder by Radhika Karwa

I wasn’t allowed to exit the airport without a Druk Air official escorting me out. So, fifteen minutes later, I was on my way to an acquaintance’s house. Luckily, a part of the remaining girls were in Delhi so I met them too. My hubby told me to visit the Red Fort and Qutub Minar but after Googling their whereabouts, I fell asleep for five hours, thereby compensating the sleep deprived nights I’ve been through since my son was born. Later, I chatted with my new friend and found a connection. Besides thinking alike, I found that she was an amazing artist and her paintings amazed me.

Other things to do when your flight is delayed a bit.

Next day, our flight to Bhutan was delayed (like that couldn’t happen the day before) and we missed out on quite a bit of the itinerary too. I did not even get a refund for the missed flight. What was the bright side of this story?

  1. I met an artist and was in awe of her work.
  2. I experienced the Delhi weather and found no smog (as we were repeatedly seeing on various videos which made me wonder how people were surviving there).
  3. I learnt that you cannot exit the airport without a permit.
  4. Delhi was still unexplored by me.
  5. I learnt that I had to complete my Bhutan trip another time.
  6. I learnt that I had to book a domestic flight whose arrival was at least six hours prior to the international flight’s boarding time (mainly in the mornings).

I always believe in looking on the bright side of things however horrible it may be, especially when you can do nothing about it. It sucks but then, we have to move on now, don’t we? Anything you would like to share on similar lines? Write to me at [email protected] and, if it’s good content, you may get published. All the best!

Cindy D'Silva
Cindy D'Silva
Cindy D'Silva, besides being a mother of two angels, is a belly dancer, writer and photographer. She loves partying, bowling and eating sushi. There is a detailed biography about her on the ABOUT ME page in case you would like to know more. :) You can like and follow her Facebook page to get all updates on the latest blogs and more: https://www.facebook.com/blogaberry/


  1. Ngoy says:

    Cindy, this is an interesting story. I truly like the section where you look at the bright side of this and the new things you discovered. I remember many of my own “missed opportunities” which in fact would not have been great opportunities. It turned out that what I came across after missing “my flight” was greater. I met a very good business opportunity once at an airport after missing a flight. I will send you an email with the details and maybe you can publish my story too.

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