Sunday evening, 21:50 flight from Heathrow T3 to Delhi (also T3), Virgin Atlantic (definitely would fly with them again, really good), and a seat move to an exit seat (to accommodate a family) meant slightly more legroom. Though we left about 30 minutes late we arrived about 30 minutes early, thus leaving several hours to kill in Delhi (Indira Gandhi) International Airport before carrying on to Kolkata. A shower in the Plaza lounge helped freshen up and kill some time.
The Indian Airlines flight to Kolkata left and landed on time, and the security check at Delhi was much less intrusive than that at Heathrow. Then, into a prepaid cab to Sealdah station to attempt to book sleeper train tickets to Darjeeling via Siliguri Junction. If this doesn't work we'll need to fly up.
Another taxi to the hotel (Casa Fortuna, AJC Bose Road), and then out to a bar, pretty much next door, for Budweiser (Jenny) and Kingfisher (me), and a live band.
Back to the hotel for a meal, and a chat to the German family at the next table, also on to Darjeeling next.
We planned tomorrow's excursions, let's see how they play out !