475. Maharashtra tour – Part I

We were dreaming for a long time to make a pilgrimage tour in Maharashtra. Our dream came true this year. We planned to start the tour from Chennai, as my sister and her husband wished to join with us. We wished to visit Shirdi first by flight which starts by 12 PM  on 08-05-2019, so that we can reach Shrdi by 4 PM. After having Baba’s darshan on 8th evening and Kakda darshan on 9th morning, we decided to make one day trip to Panchavadi and Thriambakeshwar temple on the same day. So, we booked room for 2 days in Shirdi, online. Then, from Shirdi, we planned to visit Shani Singanapur, Pandharpur, Kohlapur and to Pune, to catch our return flight to Chennai. We booked room in Pandharpur also.

When we sat in the train for Chennai, we got a message from Spice Jet that our flight from Chennai to Shirdi has been cancelled, due to operational reasons. We were shocked as we have made arrangment for room and vehicle, for the whole trip. Moreover, we were longing to visit the above places. We didn’t want to disappoint my sister and her husband also. We tried to contact Spice Jet authorities over phone. We tried for more than an hour but we could hear the IVRS voice only saying that the line is busy. We got fed up and tried to make alternate attangement to visit some other place. But, within a short notice, that too, during summer vacation we didn’t get flight/train ticket to any other place.

Suddenly, we got a call from Spice Jet office asking whether we want to get full refund, as the flight had been cancelled. Controlling our anger, we requested them to book flight ticket by alternate flight, at the earliest to Shirdi or Pune. They finally agreed to give us ticket in flight to Pune, which will start by 11.55 PM from Chennai on 08-05-2019. We conveyed the news to my sister’s family and went to sleep in the train.

I will continue the journey details in my next blog.


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