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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
Wedding ceremony
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 » 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
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Asia » India » National Capital Territory October 25th 2018

This was my last day in Delhi and we started at Humayan’s Tomb. Humayan was the second Mughal emperor back in the early 1500s. When he died, his widow had this large tomb and garden built. It is extremely symmetrical and the dome has a pleasing shape. This tomb is felt to be a direct inspiration to the architect who designed the Taj Mahal for the wife of the fifth Mughal emperor in the early 1600s. Our next stop was the main mosque in Delhi, called Jama Masjid. It is a big, attractive mosque and, like all mosques in India, it faces west toward Mecca. Close by is a Jain temple with a bird hospital. Jainism is a rather extreme sect that believes the achievement of nirvana requires the strict avoidance of causing harm to any ... read more
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Asia » India » National Capital Territory October 24th 2018

I toured Delhi today with a guide and a driver and I got to see quite a few sights. When I was planning this trip, I considered trying to sightsee on my own, but I’m glad now that I didn’t do that. Everything here sees so disorganized, at least to me, as an outsider. There are few foreign tourists, even at the busiest sights. Most of the people there are Indian tourists. I went to the memorial where Gandhi was cremated and the workers there were replacing the flower garlands in front of the eternal flame. The next stop was the Red Fort which has become a nationalist symbol ever since 1947 when India’s independence was declared from the balcony where the flag is. Another place we visited is Lodhi Gardens where several ancient tombs can ... read more
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Asia » India » National Capital Territory October 23rd 2018

It is a four-and-half-hour flight from Bangkok to New Delhi and I spent the time on the plane reading my notes on India. Beginning tomorrow, I will be on an organized tour with a driver and a guide. We will see the sights in New and Old Delhi before moving on to the next town. I had a little bit of time this afternoon to explore on my own, but I didn’t get far from the hotel. I expected to see lots of people walking here, but instead motor vehicles are the way most people get around. Traffic laws are not even seen as suggestions here. As far I can tell, drivers just do what they want. I saw no crosswalks and no pedestrian signals while I was out walking. I crossed a couple of streets, ... read more

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
Red fort
Red fort
Red fort

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




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