Trip Start Oct 01, 2005
158Trip End Jul 21, 2007
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So we ended up in Delhi with 2 days in hand before our flight to Beijing. What did we get up to you may ask? Well we ate some spicy food once again which was nice and did some sightseeing at the Red Fort - another of the Mughal Emperors ex hang outs which was a really peaceful oasis in the middle of the hectic city, full of gardens and grand reception buildings
We also went to the Jama Masjid: the largest mosque in India and were once again astounded at the amount of filth that is allowed to accumulate. The walkway up to the huge edifice that fronts the place is plain disgusting. The whole place is littered with rubbish and everyone lying around in their own dirt. It absolutely reeks of stale urine as people just take a piss all over the marble walkway and spit the saliva resulting from the incessant chewing of paan (betel nut mixed with tobacco). And this is allowed to happen at a place of worship! It beggars belief. We didn't actually go into the mosque as it was prayer time so were left solely with the impression left from the approach.
Another impression that was less than satisfactory was the one left by our hotel. It was without doubt the most shoddy, overpriced hovel staffed by a gang of out and out muppets the like of which we had never seen. It was like a game of Frustration from the moment we set foot in the place but as we had already been to two hotels that were full, we foolishly settled for it.
We arrived and were informed that the price was 1200 rupees a night, four times as much as we normally pay but as it was in the centre of Delhi we swallowed it
The room came complete with the familiar orange spit stains in every corner of the room and bathroom which was covered in it.
We inquired whether cleaning came in with the extortionate charge, and asked 4 times if the creased pube encrusted dirty sheets could be changed which we eventually ended up doing ourselves.
The 24 hour hot water was nowhere to be found.
In the middle of the night water began to pour through the ceiling as the water tank above our heads overflowed as a member of muppet crew had omitted to turn it off.
The fan control box on the wall then began to emit flames and the mickey mouse character who came to attend the fault who neglected to bring a number of essential tools such as a drill bit and his cerebrum, told us there was no problem!
Through all these problems we were met with a calm, nonchalant response from the manager who didn't seem at all interested in our petty grievances. arrrrgggggghhhhh!!!
So needless to say, we were happy to get on the plane and see what China had to offer.