Last Day Sightseeing in Delhi

Trip Start Feb 26, 2010
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Trip End Feb 26, 2011


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Hotel Unique International

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Friday, April 2, 2010

We woke in the Smyle Inn and transferred to our new hotel the Unique Hotel, which is erm unique. With the hangover fading from last nights drunken night with a semi precious jewel dealer in 'My bar' we set off for our final day of sightseeing in Delhi and arguments with rickshaw drivers.

First on the agenda was India gate so trying to keep the costs down we hired a cycle rickshaw agreed a price and set off for India gate. After half an our pedalling we arrived at Delhi Gate and the first argument of the day commenced. We ended up paying the guy then getting an autorickshaw to India gate. Erica nearly came to blows with a henna tattooist who was grabbing her arms and trying to start henna'ing her without permission. It ended up with Erica shouting with her arms up in the air. Could have been a great pickpocket scam, but it wasn't. Its funny that we have got used to these kind of things and now you just take it in your stride. Its just the way India is.

We then walked across to the National Museum of Modern Art and spent a couple of hours wandering around an air-conditioned art gallery which was quite interesting but only had a couple of floors which Lady E catagorised as 'modern art' some great pictures and it was good to learn about Company Painting Styles something we knew nothing about. I managed to annoy E by trying to convince the ticket office that we were Indian nationals and we should pay the reduced entry fee, which got the woman so confused.

We then set off for Humayan's tomb a building built or designed by the guy who did the Taj. With the budget not standing up in recent weeks it was time to go hardcore. I sneeked past the ticket inspector toured the buildings before going ticket touting to foreigners outside. It was fair to say Erica was horrified however I got in to a major attraction in Delhi and sold my 250 rupee ticket for 200 outside. Its funny because you end up adopting a horrible attitude to some of the people trying to get you in taxis, rickshaws and selling you things you have no interest in. People were so sharp when I approached them to sell them a ticket outside the attraction, "No leave me alone" etc. You should feel guilty when you 'steal' anything but bear in mind that a two tier pricing system exists for all these things e.g. for an Indian to visit the Taj Mahal it costs 20 Rupees (about 30p) for a 'Foreigner' it costs 750 Rupees (almost 11 pounds) so we have paid a lot of money 'over the odds' during the last few weeks.

With Eggsy back on side we headed over to the Lotus Temple a 'free attraction'. The Lotus temple is a bahai place of worship where people of all faiths come to pray and meditate. It is a lovely building on the outside and has a look of the Sydney Opera House, inside its a little underwhelming but it was good and free. A rather odd statistic is that since it was built more people have visited the Lotus temple than the Taj Mahal in the same period. Unbelievable but we are assured it is true.

Again we confront the hoard of Rickshaw drivers and agree a price to get back to the Main bazaar. The driver spins and runs off to get his rickshaw runs into the middle of the road and gets hit by a car injuring his foot, its sick but I found it funny. They are a funny bunch the Rickshaw Drivers they were on strike yesterday, how a group of people who work in a cash industry, pay no tax, have no defined working hours and refuse to use the meters and often just disconnect them can find a reason to strike is beyond me. One rickshaw driver today offered to take me for a shave and haircut and he would pay, I must be starting to look a complete shambles. Will I disobey Fergals "Do Not Shave" Instruction. Mike, just to let you know Erica is in the shave camp (she will probably settle at a trim though) so its not looking good. He was a muslim and I managed to confuse him when I told him I was a Sikh but didn't wear a turban.

We have tried skyping Mum and Dad and Vic a few times from India but Skype is not great over here due to power cuts and mega slow internet. So I hope all is well nd look forward to some e-mails and pictures of Niece Ellie who is now sitting up. "Hello Baby Ellie".

Getting back to our patch we reflect on another day of driving the wrong way up 3 lane carriageways and more near death experiences over a 30 Rupee Veg Thali before finding this Internet Cafe.

We may or may not have mentioned the daily game of Tan or Dirt we have in Delhi, after a day walking around in the Filth of Delhi we enjoy the game of Tan or Dirt. Although we always know its dirt its still fun to see just how much grime we are covered in. Entertainingly I decided that whist using Gregg's "free / stolen" factor 30 suncream its stopping us from burning but doesn't give us a tan at all. I invested in a factor 15 this morning which on getting back to the hotel I found to be 'lightening' Sun Cream i.e. it doesnt just stop you from burning but makes you more white a bit like the opposite of fake tan, what a loser that is another 1 pound wasted.

Off to Goa tomorrow to stay in some remote beach huts so probably wont be blogging for a bit. Take care everyone.  Oh and enjoy your Easter weekend!
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farknash
farknash on

We have discussed this and could possibly compromise on a trim. Or possibly a massive tricolour goatee. But that's it...

m&D on

Safari sounds great. Hope to be in touch soon.

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