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Asia » India » National Capital Territory » Delhi April 13th 2016

Our tour started today around 8am, with a walk to the metro station to make the trip to Old Delhi. The metro was like most large cities, but rather neat and clean compared to the rest of Delhi. We were each giving a metro card to use (and return to the guide afterwards) for our trips today. One thing this is different about the Delhi metro is that all trains have 1 or more “women only” cars, usually in the front of the train. Some women did choose to ride in the other cars, but only women in these. My wife said they were usually just as crowded, standing together tightly packed like sardines. The men’s cars were always like that. You learn quickly that you can’t be polite, just push your way on and off. ... read more
Old Delhi Street
Couple of draft animals
Food Preparation

Asia » India » National Capital Territory » Delhi March 16th 2016

We were up early to beat the crowds to Humayun's Tomb. We arrived there at 845am and there was no-one there but the sweepers busily brushing the leaves off the grass. We walked through the western gate and down an avenue of trees through the gardens, the low sun slanting through the trees and the early morning mist. Five years ago we saw the Tomb in cold slanting rain. This time we could appreciate it in all its glory. A beautiful Persian design sculpted in red sandstone and white and black marble seen under the early morning sun under a clear blue sky. It is positioned in the middle of a classic square charbagh garden complete with water running in channels, all reflecting the Moghul's Islamic representation of Paradise on earth. The tomb complex is still ... read more
Humayan's Tomb interior
Jhaali window
Purana Qila entrance gate

Asia » India » National Capital Territory » Delhi February 27th 2016

Geo: 28.6137, 77.1834 Big day travelling, left hotel 12 noon so chance to have leisurely breakfast, repack the bags, head off to airport.Good quick flight to Delhi with inDigo Air, Then wait for 10.30pm at Delhi airport for flight to Hong Kong. McDonalds at Delhi Airport for dinner to pass the time. Very fast flight, arrived 6am the quick immigration etc then transfer to Kowloon Hotel.... read more
Leela palace
Camels, all done up for a ride
McDonalds Delhi Airport

Asia » India » National Capital Territory » Delhi February 16th 2016

Geo: 28.6137, 77.1834 Up at 5.40am, breakfast and on the bus at 8am. First stop after tackling the crazy Delhi traffic to India's largest mosque, Jama Masjid. Shoes off, then walk around the mosque, interesting but not spectacular. One of the largest mosques in India & was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan completed in 1656 AD Pickup our shoes then jump in a bike rickshaw thru the lanes & backstreets of Old Delhi & Chandi Chowk market. Absolute mayhem, riding up little alleyways stop, start then weaving in and out traffic. Stopped at market stall where they make Jimble??, a sugary crisp sweet. Little man working over a hot oil drum cooking the dough, right next door to a fireworks stall! Anything could happen. On the way to Ghandih's memorial, past the President's huge house ... read more
Rickshaw ride thru Old Delhi
Wires
Jimbles

Asia » India » National Capital Territory » Delhi February 15th 2016

Geo: 28.6137, 77.1834 Today is a catchup day to relax at the hotel resort, will be meeting rest of group tonight for welcome dinner. Lesiurely buffet breakfast at 9am, great variety and we all ate well. Haven't had a decent meal now for a while, airplane food is not real exciting. Walked around the resort for morning then went next door to Oberoi hotel for lunch, owned by same people. Good lunch of pizza & sandwiches with teas & coffees. (Although we found out later was very expensive). Meet up tonight with rest of Insight group for welcome dinner. Great dinner and met quite a few others, Aussies & Canadians so far. 40 in total will be split it 2 groups of 20 or each bus. Tour starts tomorrow with Delhi excursion.... read more
Trident Hotel Pool
Floral Decoration
Gardens

Asia » India » National Capital Territory » Delhi February 6th 2016

Tomorrow I have to be in the lobby of the hotel at 5 a.m. so this will have to be brief...I'll write about the highlight of the day and just briefly mention other places/impressions. The highlight of the day was a visit to the largest Sikh mosque in India. Prior to our visit, our tour guide gave us a very derailed history of the Sikh religion and various practices and philosophies of the Sikhs. At the mosque, the women and men were both required to wear head coverings and we all had to remove our shoes and social. We had some time to sit and experience the inside of the temple where there is ongoing prayer with music and song before going to the soup kitchen. Part of the Sikh religion is that people must care ... read more

Asia » India » National Capital Territory » Delhi February 5th 2016

Arrived safely in Delhi at 11 p.m. local time (Feb. 4) which would have been 10:30 a.m. EST. The trip was long but not awful. I was a bit stressed leaving DC because the flight was delayed and I was afraid at one point that I might miss my connection in Newark, but ended up with plenty of time. The 14 hour flight was as good as such a flight can be in Economy on United Airlines! There wasn't much of a chance to get an impression of India last night. The ride to the hotel from the airport was about 45 minutes and the traffic was much like DC during rush hour....except that there was an occasional cow on the major road and the horns were blowing incessantly....and there was the wedding "chariot " being ... read more

Asia » India » National Capital Territory » Delhi January 15th 2016

So, we're off again! Another train to Manchester, saying goodbye to the permanent grey that appears to have take over the UK, and arriving just over half a day later in Delhi. Although it was an overnight flight it was a short night and broken by a change of plane so we had very little sleep when we arrived at around 7.30 am Delhi time giving us a long day to get through! We were staying in a residential area in a nice hotel but very chaotic outside and followed the hotel owners directions to get to a nearby shopping centre just to get our bearings and get something to eat. Just this walk was a challenge dodging traffic of all kinds, people and all sorts of things just dumped in the road. The shopping centre ... read more
Humayun's Tomb
Lodi Garden
Government Buildings

Asia » India » National Capital Territory » Delhi » Karol Bagh December 7th 2015

Delhi the 2nd time back - 3-6 December 2015 We arrived in Delhi 2.5 hrs late as the fog in Kathmandu didn't allow our plane to land in the city until later. All was well as there was a driver to pick us up and take us to our hotel on arrival. It takes so long to get anywhere in Delhi due to the mad traffic. As we didn't get to the hotel until 4.30pm we decided not to do any sightseeing, but to leave it all for the next 2 days. To keep the story short, we found the Hop-on-Hop-off bus was not working on our first full day back in Delhi (Friday) and there were no vacancies on Saturday. We then organised a car to take us around to the sights the second day. ... read more
Safdarjangs Tomb Delhi - school children continually wanted to take photos with us (2)
Lotus Bahai Temple Delhi (5)
Lunch at McDonalds Indian Style (2)

Asia » India » National Capital Territory » Delhi November 14th 2015

Delhi in a Day If I am truly honest, anywhere that I went after spending time in Ladakh and the Rumbak Valley, was going to have a lot to contend with. Landing into Delhi with mountain withdrawals was not ideal and I couldn’t get myself to gel with this 20 million population city. I only had a day and was on a quick tour of the city with a guide and an air conditioned van, so it was not quite an authentic experience. I fully appreciate I didn't have a long time to give Delhi a chance! First up on our tour, we visited the Qutb Minar Stone Tower, which was quite a large place and very popular with the local tourists. Lots of stone carvings and pretty surroundings. Our very enthusiastic guide shared with us ... read more
Jama Masjid
Humayun's Tomb
Humayun's Tomb




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