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Asia » India » National Capital Territory » New Delhi December 20th 2023

On our third day we drove to Iksha’s Uncle’s neighbourhood (Iksha is Grace’s second cousin) - he is a fun loving, luxurious man who loves Joanna Lumley (a fellow Kashmiri!) The neighbourhood was groovy with lots of coffee shops, bars and beautiful houses with lattice balconies. We headed to red fort, which was closed- like everything else in the city on Mondays- silly didis!!!! So instead we went to Humayan’s tomb which really gave Taj Mahal as it was another mausoleum. The lattice windows and ceiling carvings were beautiful. We even saw a man restoring the red paintings on the walls. Iksha had brought bananas so we posed like tourists and Hattie was a fashion model for multiple Punjabi families. One couple had traveled for three days from Kerala via train and were showing Hatts all ... read more
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Asia » India » National Capital Territory » New Delhi April 25th 2023

Fairly early start to the day . 4.40am wake up and our daughter, Krissy, kindly volunteered to drive us to the airport. Arrived there at 5.35am and a long line awaited us at the Singapore Airlines desk. Took about one hour to check-in and I mistakenly made the choice to get a small amount of Indian rupees at the foreign desk at the airport. Big mistake as the exchange rate was way under the official rate. Fee of $5 plus we only got 2,500 rupees instead of about 3,500. Never ever do that again. Having not travelled for so long, I had forgotten to do that earlier. Flight took off slightly .early at 7.55am and we arrived in Singapore early at 2:15pm.(8hours 20 min flight time). Our second leg to Dekhi was at 4.50pm. Timing was ... read more

Asia » India » National Capital Territory » New Delhi October 31st 2018

Two thirds of the way there, and what exactly was 'just around the corner'? - the city of Agra and The Taj Mahal, in all its elemental splendour, surely a travel experience which should at very least be on every traveller's bucket list, if not already ticked off that list. The choice of hotel, the Seven Hills Tower, proved to be a fine strategy, given that the location was safe and tranquil, easily accessible to main sights and eateries, and the hotel itself ranks above par when it comes to overall facilities. A walk from the hotel to the Taj Mahal, with GPS leading the way, led this traveller through a labyrinth of run-down residential areas with one or two commercial options, which became a more frequent sighting the more one approached India's most revered building. ... read more
Chhatrapaya Temple; New Delhi; India
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Chadni Chowk electronics district; New Delhi; India

Asia » India » National Capital Territory » New Delhi October 1st 2018

After the difficulty in seeing the presidents house during sunset last night we decided to go back there this morning. Despite the fog it was much easier to see and we enjoyed a walk around the South side trying to peak at other buildings through gaps in the fencing. The gardens look beautifully kept and the buildings all in the same style as those at the front. Most of it was very well fenced off so we couldn’t walk all the way around which made it more disappointing we couldn’t get tickets for the museum inside (it’s shut due to a bank holiday tomorrow and most things are closed here Mondays). Having got as far as we easily could we walked back round and in front of the parliament buildings. This is also well fenced off ... read more
Agrasen Ki Baoli
Presidents house
Demonstrations on parliament road

Asia » India » National Capital Territory » New Delhi September 30th 2018

Our hostel has the advantage of being right next to Delhi Gate tube station so after a quick breakfast we went to get the metro across to New Delhi. The wonderful thing about metro systems is that they’re fairly similar world wide and so it was easy to buy a ticket and find our platform. And it’s air conditioned. It’s so similar to home there was even a WHSmith inside the station! Alighting the tube we walked to Hazrat Nizam-ud-din Dargah. This is the mausoleum of a Muslim Sulfi saint who died in 1325 (Nizam-ud-din). There are a number of later kings and nobles whose tombs are nearby. The shrine is in a bazaar and down narrow lanes past people selling offerings. On the way you see the Baoli, a step well. To enter the shrine ... read more
Huyamans tomb
Huyamans tomb
View of Baoli through latice work

Asia » India » National Capital Territory » New Delhi August 6th 2018

The past couple of days in Delhi have been fairly mad, the city just doesn’t stop! Wikipedia tells me it has a population of 16 million to just slightly more than Hangzhou and about 1/3 that of Shanghai but it honestly is such a sprawling metropolis that it feels much bigger than any city in China. On Saturday, my first full day here, after sleeping for 13 hours I took a Tuk Tuk to the Red Fort. The ride itself was an experience- I don’t think I’ve ever seen the underside of so many trucks so close up! We did get there much faster than any metro though and, as it was school time, the traffic in the city was bad so we went the long way and through the President’s area with some beautiful gardens. ... read more
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Asia » India » National Capital Territory » New Delhi August 5th 2018

India day three After yesterday's very stressful Delhi Day, I was super keen to explore a different area of Delhi away from the main tourist sites and the old town craziness. Turns out the craziness is endemic to the city and not restricted to one area! On my way to the metro station in the morning I passed the usual street hawkers pedaling their wares of fly covered fruit and vegetables and the general clothing/silver jewellery. There was also a lot more people about today and I couldn't work out why until I saw a jeep with the back part converted into a shrine and a couple of people in orange robes preeching into a microphone - it was a Sunday, people were off work and school. No wonder the streets were packed! I made my ... read more

Asia » India » National Capital Territory » New Delhi August 5th 2018

India day three After yesterday's very stressful Delhi Day, I was super keen to explore a different area of Delhi away from the main tourist sites and the old town craziness. Turns out the craziness is endemic to the city and not restricted to one area! On my way to the metro station in the morning I passed the usual street hawkers pedaling their wares of fly covered fruit and vegetables and the general clothing/silver jewellery. There was also a lot more people about today and I couldn't work out why until I saw a jeep with the back part converted into a shrine and a couple of people in orange robes preeching into a microphone - it was a Sunday, people were off work and school. No wonder the streets were packed! I made my ... read more

Asia » India » National Capital Territory » New Delhi August 4th 2018

The past couple of days in Delhi have been fairly mad, the city just doesn’t stop! Wikipedia tells me it has a population of 16 million to just slightly more than Hangzhou and about 1/3 that of Shanghai but it honestly is such a sprawling metropolis that it feels much bigger than any city in China. On Saturday, my first full day here, after sleeping for 13 hours I took a Tuk Tuk to the Red Fort. The ride itself was an experience- I don’t think I’ve ever seen the underside of so many trucks so close up! We did get there much faster than any metro though and, as it was school time, the traffic in the city was bad so we went the long way and through the President’s area with some beautiful gardens. ... read more
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Asia » India » National Capital Territory » New Delhi August 3rd 2018

Hello! It feels slightly odd writing a blog post again after three years out but India and Delhi are more than deserving of some ramblings. Landing in Delhi at 2am was never going to be one of my finest ideas. Deciding to sleep in the airport was again possibly not one of my finest ideas, or so we all thought. However, after an hour clearing immigration, I made the decision to sleep in the baggage hall thinking that the arrivals lounge might be a little chaotic. I was heartened to see that I wasn't the only one settling in for a couple of hours nap - there were loads of people finding spare seats to snooze in! Definitely the most popular airport I've seen for overnight sleepers. Anyway, at 6:30am I headed out into India and ... read more
Old Delhi
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Train station




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