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Asia » India » National Capital Territory » Delhi May 4th 2023

Our final full day in India. Met Raj at 7.20am rather than the planned 7am as it was raining. It was a good decision as there was no more after that early morning rainfall. Aim on this outing was to visit the Kashi Vishwanath Temple within the Shankaracharya Chowk Centre that we visited yesterday, which has a rooftop covered in one ton of gold leaf. We had passed by this temple yesterday but as we have a late flight back to Delhi, we have time to do a little more in Varanasi. Security is so tight that Raj told us to leave everything behind, even digital watches, bring only mobile phones, but they are also locked up before entering the temple. We also had to leave our passports at the ticket office which was situated away ... read more
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Asia » India » National Capital Territory » Delhi May 1st 2023

Very early start today at 6am for our visit to Taj Mahal. Supposedly for sunrise but it wasn't really. Sunrise was earlier than that and it was very overcast today so it wouldn't have been worth it to go any earlier. The complex is quite large and the building is in a large courtyard with 4 gates. Our first glimpse of the Taj Mahal was quite surreal as it almost blended in to the surrounding early morning mist. Arjun sold us on using one of the accredited photographers who followed us in and posed us for photos in the best spots. It was quite amusing as we felt like we were posing for wedding photos. It really is a stunning building to see, being completely made of white marble. Inside, it is decorated in a simpler ... read more
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Asia » India » National Capital Territory » Delhi January 13th 2020

Delhi, India’s capital city, actually consists of two areas -the historic Old Delhi and New Delhi. Old Delhi was founded as Shahjahanabad in 1639, when Shah Jahan, the Mughal emperor at the time, decided to shift the capital from Agra. This area is the chaotic and bustling heart of Delhi, crammed with narrow streets, crumbling buildings, laneways heaving with overstocked bazaars, vibrant colours, ambling cows, rickshaws, hand pulled wooden carts loaded high with merchandise, and lots and lots of people. New Delhi, designed by British architect Edwin Lutyens, the Indian capital is a striking modern metropolis. A gracious contrast to Old Delhi's winding streets, the grand avenues and stately buildings of New Delhi are rich with history and culture. New Delhi serves as the capital of India and seat of all three branches of the Indian ... read more
Decorative hangers with pom-poms.
Delhi Street Scene
Humayun's Tomb

Asia » India » National Capital Territory » Delhi March 21st 2019

In Delhi, my next couchsurfer, Rohit, picked me up from the station. First we took my stuff to his apartment, had some food and then we went to a market to buy me an indian dress. This because Rohit was invited for a wedding and told me I could come too. didn't want to show up in shorts or in jeans, so we just went to buy a cheap dress on the market. The wedding was very very different from ours. First of all, the brides wear red-gold dresses instead of white. Then, in our weddings, the entire day revolves around the bride and groom. In this case it was more like people came for the free food and pictures. Let me get into the details: We arrived around 18:00 and the groom didn't arrive until ... read more
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India Gate
Pineapple with salt. yumm!

Asia » India » National Capital Territory » Delhi March 1st 2019

Hi everyone or should I say namaste? Well today has been quite an experience. Our tour guide took us to the Red Fort. It turns out we are popular with the Indians. There were queues of Indians waiting to have their photos taken with us. A bit surreal. Now I know what the celebrities go through lol. The architecture was amazing,so beautiful. Next we were taken on a walking tour through the street markets. It’s another world. There’s an overload to the senses. Noise,smell and oh so busy. However acording to our guide we were experiencing the quieter time of day before it got really busy ?. Another rickshaw ride gave me even more grey hairs. The driver misjudged a gap and we were temporarily stuck against a concrete road block. He tried to move the ... read more
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Asia » India » National Capital Territory » Delhi February 28th 2019

hi everyone, Our first chance to sample the hotels breakfast menu.i tried the sweet corn pudding which was delicious .Its a little similar to rice pudding but made with sweet corn, spices and sugar. Started our day with a rickshaw ride around the streets of old Delhi,trying to see the sights before the rest of India decided to do the same. Most of the shops don’t open until around 11 am but there was still much to see including monkeys running over the roofs of the buildings. It’s amazing that they don’t get tangled ( or electrocuted) by the chaotic tangle of wires and plumbing. Men were in the street having a shave with cut throat razors,probably sterile,not. We went on to visit Jama Masjid the countries largest mosque where I had to put on a ... read more
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Asia » India » National Capital Territory » Delhi February 27th 2019

Hi everyone, I’m afraid it’s me again. Just switch off if I bore you lol. We arrived safely in Delhi this morning. Unfortunately it’s a bit colder here today than at home however the forecast is for hotter weather during the coming days. After lunch we decided to stretch our stiff airplane limbs and go for a walk to explore the local area. Well that didn’t happen. We were persuaded to take a very stressful tuktuk ride around the insanely busy Delhi streets. Actually it was really quite fun and had it been a fairground ride I think I would have been screaming most of the time. Tuktuks are surprisingly fast and can squeeze into the tiniest gaps ?thank goodness the drivers are skilful. At one point Pat insisted on driving as you will see in ... read more
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Asia » India » National Capital Territory » Delhi October 2nd 2018

This morning we headed over to the Red Fort to have a look around. Built from red sandstone between 1638 and 1648 by Shah Jahan (same man who built the Taj Mahal) to protect his new city of ShahJahanabad (ie Delhi) this magnificent fort was later converted into barracks by the British. Unfortunately it has been ransacked multiple times over its history and so the semi-precious stones that inlaid the marble halls have all gone, as have the gold and silver ceilings, copper doors & fittings and the ornate Peacock Throne. Today is a bank holiday in Delhi and so the crowds were huge (they got much bigger by the time we left). Slightly strangely tourists don’t have to queue and after buying a ticket at the separate tourist counter you can walk past the long ... read more
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Asia » India » National Capital Territory » Delhi September 29th 2018

We arrived in Delhi at 1245, only 25 mins late after a pleasant overnight train from Varanasi. After our arguments with tuk tuk drivers before in New Delhi we decided to walk to our hostel. Despite only being 2km in the midday heat, with our back packs it was a fairly unpleasant walk down the side of a main road. During our walk we saw cycle rickshaws, ox & cart and horses which we found odd in a capital city. The pavements were either dug up or used a motorbike routes so the road seemed safer! There were large piles of rubbish all along (including by a sign threatening fines). There were also a lot of very poor looking people, and beggars, although we did at least walk past one food station which people were queuing ... read more
Delhi ponies
Turkmen gate
Delhi gate

Asia » India » National Capital Territory » Delhi April 23rd 2018

Well managed to get down for breakfast on time! Left hotel at 7.45 am for 5 hour coach journey to Agra, quite a nice trip stopping a couple of times for toilet breaks, Agra was not what I expected at all, in a good way! I thought with it being the home to the largest monument it would be quite cosmopolitan, but it was explained that the money made from tourism went to the government and not to the local economy! After checking into hotel we headed straight to the Taj, to say it was spectacular would be an understatement! 22 years to build! I don’t think any picture could do it justice. Julie & I sat on one of the benches near to the Princess Diana bench and spent the next half hour being asked ... read more
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Julie with the children




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