Blogs from Qutub Minar, Delhi, National Capital Territory, India, Asia


Asia » India » National Capital Territory » Delhi » Qutub Minar June 26th 2013

Indian Traffic can be pretty overwhelming for a first-timer from the U.S but here are a few tips on how to manage: 1) The first rule to Indian Driving is: there are NO rules! 2) Stopping at a red light is optional 3) If you missed your turn and there is no U-Turn, no worries, just hit your breaks and bust out a 3-point turn in the middle of the street. The cars behind you will honk, but wait for you to finish and the scooters and bikes will simply go around you. No biggie. 4) If you have to drive in the opposite direction on a one-way street, eh...why not. 5) Cows always have the right of way. 6) Pedestrians do not. (Pray they can move out of your vehicles lane fast enough and if ... read more

Asia » India » National Capital Territory » Delhi » Qutub Minar June 15th 2013

After a good workout in the hotel gym (I am traveling with Leo) and another great breakfast in our hotel, we met our driver (DP) and our guide for the day “Luke”. We headed from central New Delhi to Old Delhi to begin our touring. As we approach Old Delhi you can see how the buildings change. They are older and more compact. Our first stop focused on the Muslim residents of Delhi. Interestingly, although all religions appear to live with each other peacefully in Delhi, there is a definite divide in this part of town, the Muslim live on the ‘left’ and everyone else on the ‘right’. You could see the difference in dress and the stores on either side of the road. We made our way to the Jama Mosque, the largest mosque in ... read more
The Red Fort
Humayun's Tomb
Qutab Minar

Asia » India » National Capital Territory » Delhi » Qutub Minar June 2nd 2013

Delhi Belly. What is it you might ask? Let's just say its the worst time in your life to be spent in the bathroom. Some of the foreigners that come to India--fly by nighters--use various pills and medicines to ward of the dreaded and evil illness known as Delhi Belly that comes after having eaten questionable street food or drinking the unsanitary water. Of course when your like me, living in India for soon to be one year, medicines twice a day and after every meal isn't an option. I have eaten street food many a time without having gotten sick, however when it comes. Everyone travelling to India gets sick at one point or another, so prepare yourself as best you can. Remember to always carry with you a few necessity supplies, especially considering ... read more

Asia » India » National Capital Territory » Delhi » Qutub Minar May 23rd 2013

Living in India is not always easy (who am I kidding its NEVER easy) BUT its nearly impossible to live here without learning to "man up." Here is a list of skills I have acquired thanks to my wonderful life here in India. I will say that none of these skills are things I would have thought I'd have when I was a kid, but here they are! 1) How to successfully eat all types of food (including rice) with my HANDS! :) 2) How to squat in the bathroom and remained balanced enough that I do not need to TOUCH ANYTHING for balance (trust me, in India being able to not touch anything while in the bathroom is an EXTREMELY useful asset.) 3) How to wear a sari! ... read more

Asia » India » National Capital Territory » Delhi » Qutub Minar May 2nd 2013

As a blonde California girl I must admit that living in India has not been an easy task. Whereas other Indian girls or expats in the community might have other experiences (as non-blondes) my experience is much different. I cannot leave my apartment alone at night, for example as men often try to harass me (in broad daylight) and in the evening after a few drinks let's just say Indian men can get a bit scary/creepy. When I was living in Egypt, Muslim men often tried to "marry" me (their proposals went something like this: "What's your name? MARRY ME!") however my first learned words in Arabic (do not touch) helped me to keep the men from attempting to grab my hand or wrist. In INDIA, however, men do not simply go for the innocent hand ... read more

Asia » India » National Capital Territory » Delhi » Qutub Minar April 28th 2013

Here is my list of things about India that I love/hate. Don't get too upset over these items because I don't care if it upsets you or not. Lovely India #1 The feeling I get when I step outside my door and realize I can never be bored (so many amusing sights to see from the zany traffic to the men balancing bread on their heads) Creepy India #2 The feeling I get when I step outside my door and feel like every third person is a potential rapist. (I mostly get this feeling at night...mostly.) Lovely India #C The feeling I get when I step inside a temple and make offerings to the gods (or simply watch others do pooja) Creepy India #Floor The feeling I get after I argued with EVERY auto rickshaw driver ... read more

Asia » India » National Capital Territory » Delhi » Qutub Minar April 25th 2013

Having been born and raised in the USA, let's just say my favorite foods consisted of Cheeseburgers, steak, meat, gravy with meat, salads with meat, more meat...and get the point. So what's a California carnivore to do when you move to a country where it is FORBIDDEN to eat the oh so holiest of holy, sacred animal...the cow. Go vegetarian. Ok, so technically you can find chicken and even mutton (I don't recommend either) however I will say one thing: I've been eating vegetarian food in India and to tell you the truth I like it! Hinduism is a religion where people believe animals are sacred (and being an avid animal lover and professional horse trainer I can definitely relate with the logic.) Don't get me wrong, being all veg all the time is not ... read more

Asia » India » National Capital Territory » Delhi » Qutub Minar April 6th 2013

Ahhh the sari dresses!!! As a blonde girl I think its safe to say aloud: One of the reasons I came to India was for the sarees. My first experience flying into the Delhi International airport, was the first time in my life I saw a woman wearing a sari. Almost every woman on the plane that day seemed to be dressed in a gorgeous array of colors, bangles, necklaces, nose rings, toe rings and various shiny things. (Shiny things=Blonde girls kyrptonite) I was in absolute heaven when I realized that living in India meant getting to dress up in the sari dress. Whether attending a festival such as Diwali, or getting invites to a wedding, any occasion to wear a sari you can count me in. Putting on the sari takes a bit of practice--and ... read more

Asia » India » National Capital Territory » Delhi » Qutub Minar April 1st 2013

My first time in India left me in wonder at the strange sight of cows wandering the streets of Delhi freely. In my travels I've witnessed cows sleeping peacefully in the middle of busy streets and winding hill station roads, only to have the buses and traffic veer their path around the holy cow, leaving the sleeping beast undisturbed. Its a known fact that cows in India are worshipped. Sacred animals of Lord Krishna. Now that's fine and dandy...but I'm from the United States, the country known for eating beef. Although I spent my years travelling abroad avoiding cheeseburgers and steaks until my yearly trip back to California, there was something about living in India eating strictly vegetarian food that made me just plain old miss cheeseburgers. Hell even in the McDonalds in India the only ... read more

Asia » India » National Capital Territory » Delhi » Qutub Minar March 30th 2013

Anyone travelling to India on a budget will soon discover the joys of travelling via rickshaw. "Joys." My experience with the auto drivers can be summarized quite simply. "You need auto ma'am?? Auto??" "Haan auto to....(insert destination)... How much?" "Theek hai, ok ok 250 rupees." Now any foreigner not living in India and working off Indian salrary will think: "250 rupees?! Thats only $5 USD!!! Awesome! " Krystal, however is not one of those foreigners with American dollars. So here is how my conversations generally go: "250 Rupees!!! Nay Nay its 30 Rupees distance." "Ma'am 250 rupees." "Nay nay 50 rupees bes." Auto driver attempts to haggle for several minutes. I start to walk away in search of another Auto. "Ok ok ma'am 70 rupees." (And of course after getting into the auto and driving away ... read more

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