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Published: January 20th 2010
Welcome to Delhi
After a nice relaxing flight, a nice calm transfer to the hotel was to greet us
nothing can prepare you for this....
As per request I thought I would add a few words on our experiences. Arrival in Delhi, the term thrown in at the deep end is none more true then our first experience of India. Getting through the hoards of touts and taxi-drivers at Delhi airport is the first step, then you have to deal with the roads. AS we drove through the development of New Delhi, where buildings, roads and general infrastructure is springing up all over the place. Child labour all around, a whole family working on constructing a roundabout, cattle drawn, donkey drawn carts pulling tonnes of cement and bricks, tuc tucs, rickshaw drivers, motorbikes, industrial trucks, buses, coaches, taxis, cyclists are all on the roads, with no lanes to speak of, everyone vying to get to their destination as quickly as possible. To do this you have to beep your horn incessently and swerve in and out of the various modes of transport and animals that litter the road, all this in the thick fog. We then arrive in Pahar Ganj, monkeys jumping from building, market sellers in the worn filthy streets and alleys. Cables hanging loose overhead, too many
The delights of Pahar Ganj
The mental backstreets near our hotel...
tuc tucs and rickshaws to manouvre past. Shopkeepers and touts coming out of their shops to catch the morning tourist and flog them any bit of tut they can or sell them a rickshaw ride or flog them a package tour around India. However the place has so much character, smells, sights, sounds it is hard to take it all in in such an alien environment. Dodging the roaming cows, the fresh veg, the cables, the crumbling alleys, the stray dogs, the cow shit, the stench of urine, but also wanting to look at the characters going about their business selling handcrafted goods, fresh market produce and smelling the spices through the markets.
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