New Caledonia is very very far away from India. Give or take about 19 hours of flying time and two long layovers at least is what it takes to reach Noumea, the capital of New Caledonia, from New Delhi. Add to that fact how expensive the tiny overseas French territory in the South Pacific is, a traveller would rather head somewhere to Europe or the Americas for that amount for a longer duration.
But as the plane descends onto La Tontouta (the international airport at New Caledonia) and your eyes adjust to a patch of green below surrounded by blue water, the level of excitement suddenly peaks. You can suddenly imagine the numerous island postcards you've seen, come to life. "C'est l’aéroport," my co-passenger, who gave up his window seat so I could take in the gorgeous views, said. "I mean, that's the airport and we land soon," he added in English thinking I didn't understand French. I smiled and looked at the gorgeous island growing closer and closer. I had read books on what to do in New Caledonia and couldn't wait to start my own explorations.
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