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Asia » India » National Capital Territory » New Delhi October 19th 2012

Ik ben als eerste naar de Jama Mashid moskee gegaan. Op zich een fraaie moskee, hoewel relatief klein voor de belangrijkste moskee van een (deels) Islamitisch land en lang niet zo mooi of indrukwekkend als veel andere exemplaren die ik heb bezocht (Istanbul, Cairo, Muscat, Kuala Lumpur). In de grote moskee van Oman bijvoorbeeld is de vloer zo strak gepoleist is dat je een hockeypuck met gemak van de ene naar totaal de andere kant van het gigantische complex zou kunnen schieten en je kunt er van de vloer eten. In de Jama Mashid moet je eigenlijk niet zonder dikke sokken rondlopen als je geen eeltvoeten hebt (schoenen zijn uiteraard taboe) en deze kunnen daarna meteen in de was. Deze moskee heeft het toerisme volkomen geaccepteerd en ervoor gekozen om deze inkomstenbron flink uit te buiten. ... read more

Asia » India » National Capital Territory » New Delhi October 1st 2012

These blogs will no doubt be filled with the worst unfunny innuendos that you have heard, but it makes it all the more entertaining that way! We both landed in Delhi still feeling like none of it was real, went through security and still feeling the same. However when we got to the doors to leave the airport we daren't go any further. So instead of leaving we headed back inside and got a Costa to feel a bit closer to home. Ten minutes and a red bull later we were in a taxi going into the most mental place I've ever been. We spent the day quickly learning some of the does and donts off getting by in Delhi, talking to people in the street ended up us being lead to tourist informations and lots ... read more

Asia » India » National Capital Territory » New Delhi August 23rd 2012

New Delhi We stopped one night in New Delhi after a 32 hour train journey from Goa and before a 15 hour bus journey to our next destination: Manali - Himachal Pradesh. We did take a quick wander around Delhi during the day & to say the least we hated the noisy dirty grim city with a deep passion... We booking a train using the government website and Cleartrip which was relatively easy. We advice to use 2AC class as it will allow you to have a bed in a 4 compartments. Curtains blocked the others to spy on you and food/drink service operate on the train. Guys pass through the carriage every...5 min to sell cheese sandwich, samosa,tomato soup, crisps and cookies, tea, water, coffee. (It is nice to know people are concerned about your ... read more

Asia » India » National Capital Territory » New Delhi » Dwarka August 12th 2012

This Friday was a huge holiday for Hindus, called Krishna Janmashtmi. In the morning we had a field trip to the Qtub Minar for my 'Cities of Delhi' class. I wasn't sure how the day would turn out and wasn't looking forward to it much, but both events turned out to be much more fun and meaningful than I expected (classic Meg move). The Qtub Minar is a tower built to call people for prayer. I don't want to go into too much historical detail, mostly because I'd have to look back at my notes, but basically a bunch of ruling empires lived and built a little city in Delhi. The Qtub Minar complex has the tower, a mosque, a school, a tomb, etc etc... many of the buildings include bits of old temples that were ... read more

Asia » India » National Capital Territory » New Delhi » Dwarka July 25th 2012

I have faced (and survived) my first digestive diffucutly in India! It is a little rough to feel ill in another country far away from the familiar and your mother ;) Plus feeling feverish when its 100 degrees and humid is not fun. Luckily I recovered quickly with a few days in bed, plain rice and toast, and Norflox- a digestive antibiotic. It feels great to be back on track and motivated to explore again. This was our first weekend free, so we all met up at the market on Saturday. I can't really think of much to report, it was a bit of a down day for me since that is when I started to not feel well and it was so hot that day. Sunday we were going to do a bunch of sight ... read more

Asia » India » National Capital Territory » New Delhi » Dwarka July 20th 2012

I'm not exactly sure where I left off on the last post, but I'll start with what I remember the best and most recently which will most likely lead me back around to where I started. Today I moved in to my homestay! This is where I will be living for the next four months. The thought of that in general, four months here (minus one week), feels much more real now. Before at the hotel, it felt like I was just on like a week or two week vacation because most of our activities were orientation stuff, and I never really unpacked at all. Now I am living in a really nice area called Greater Khaleish II, which so far looks beautiful! There are tons of gardens around, and large fancy houses. In New Friends ... read more

Asia » India » National Capital Territory » New Delhi July 4th 2012

After a bit of a nightmare at Heathrow we made it to Delhi just a day later than expected. The flight was good despite Graeme spilling red wine all down his light linen pants - ha! Landing at Delhi airport at 1am, the heat was overwhelming. Even though the flight had been delayed the hotel pick-up was still waiting for us. We survived the drive back to the hotel - just. And we've never heard so many car horns on the road especially at that time of the night. Crazy drivers. The dark, dingy alley (with outdoor urinals at the end) leading to our hotel was a nice, warm reception. Surprisingly, our room was nice, with a TV, air-con that actually worked and an en suite with a real flushing toilet! On our first day we ... read more
Before the crazy light show
Mmm Masala Dosa
Lotus Temple

Asia » India » National Capital Territory » New Delhi July 2nd 2012

Today we had a big drive back to Delhi and "the Connaught Hotel". We said our Goodbye's to Sanjeev our wonderful bus driver for the past whirlwind four day tour that we had undertaken. Sanjeev's familly live back in the mountains in Northern India, and he bases himself in Delhi to earn money and sees them only occasionally. We decided we needed an extra suitcase for the Souveniors we had acquired so embarked on the challenge of shopping in the Connaught area in New Delhi. The area was busy with market style stalls and loads of touters who were really annoying. They follow you for streets if you show any interest in their products such as Marco's desire for sunglasses! We walked for a while and ended up a laneway that had the strongest stench of ... read more

Asia » India » National Capital Territory » New Delhi » Dwarka June 29th 2012

Today we start our " Golden Triangle Tour' . We did this tour because we were strongly advised to by Lauren from STA travel. My God that was the best advice we had. Delhi is the Capital of India and has a 16million plus population. When we arrived in Delhi it was extremely hot 40C plus and really high humidity. So we appreciated the airconditioned Hotel and the Airconditioned bus that we toured in and our lovely bus driver Sanjeev. It was also very good not to have to think to much on this whirlwind tour that we were about to embark on. On this day we toured around Old and new Delhi. Delhi appear be a much more developed city than Kolkata with better roads, and some parts appeared clean and we actually did spy ... read more
Mahatma Ghandi "sbGrave

Asia » India » National Capital Territory » New Delhi June 13th 2012

After stepping of the airplane from Pune my first thought about Kolkata was that it was the most humid city I had ever step foot in. However humidity and endless sweating aside, Kolkata was an amazing experience that I will never forget. The highlight of Kolkata for me was working at the Mother Teresa house. Like most of Kolkata, it is a unique experience, but also very sad. The first morning at the Mother Teresa house I worked at Prem Dan with women, many of whom are stroke patients or amputees, who are unable to care for themselves. When I first arrived I put on my red apron and started doing the morning laundry. Unfortunately most of the laundry is soiled sheets, not my most favorite thing to wash, and hand washing in120 degree heat with ... read more

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