Delhi with the group
Trip Start Oct 08, 2005
71Trip End Oct 06, 2006
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Umed took us on a tour of Old Delhi this morning. We got into town on a local bus, what an experience that was! Firstly we went to the Muslim Mosque, that wasn't really that special apart from the fact it can hold 25,000 in prayer. And on the way up I was followed for about a mile by a little boy who begged for food all the way - he was so gorgeous and it broke my heart to have to shoo him away
We left there and had a wander through the Spice Market, which was fascinating, but there was so much to see, it was impossible to take it all in, as well as follow the rest of the group! Umed had the idea to take a cycle rickshaw so we could see a bit better (as well as move a bit faster), so we got on in pairs and carried on down the "road" (I use the term loosely). I think a stray cow must have wandered out into the street cos suddenly the brakes were slammed on, I was taking a swig of water at the time, and wasn't holding on, so fell knee first into the road. It hurt - a lot - and I provided much entertainment for the locals by sitting there bawling in the street. So that was me limping around for a while, holding up the rest of the group (sorry guys!). Got an impressive scrape and lots of bruising.
Took Delhi's very modern metro system to Connaught Place, where we managed to get ripped off AGAIN, by some guy who gave us a load of chat about taking us to the government shops (where things are of a fixed price) but after walking for 30 minutes we ended up at a shop I'd been to before, which was definitely NOT a government shop
Late evening we set off for Delhi station to get the overnight train to Mandawa. We had pre-booked berths in an airconditioned cabin, and thank goodness for that, because the train looked like something out of an old film and I expect the rest of the carriages left something to be desired on the comfort front. Our accommodation was pretty basic, but it was comfy enough, and we were provided with sheets, blankets and pillows. The journey to Mandawa was going to take 7 hours, even though it's only about 200 km away. Such is the state of Indian railways.