Delhi belly strikes

Trip Start May 02, 2009
Trip End Dec 03, 2009

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Flag of India  , Rajasthan,
Sunday, May 24, 2009

Hello everybody

This entry is going to be quite short due to the fact that we have done nothing but travel and lie in bed for the last four days!
We left Colombo quite smoothly, and didn't get hassled whilst walking through the city with our backpacks on which was a relief. I am pleased to say that Andrew has bought some new shirts to replace the ex-white ones that I made him throw away. Seriously, the not-so-clean laundry man even looked at them in disgust and asked what had happened! They came back still brown.

We arrived in Delhi in India and got a taxi to the train station, only to find out that the ticket booking office had closed ten minutes before and so we couldn't get on the train that we had planned. After falling prey to numerous scammers and hustlers in the train station, we grabbed a rickshaw to a guesthouse in Parhaganj, the budget area of Delhi. We managed to get a fairly good room with some glow-in-the-dark stencils on the ceiling, which was the highlight of our time in Delhi, I have to say. We were very hungry after the day of travelling so we decided to grab something to eat in the rooftop cafe, which was recommended in the Lonely Planet, before going to bed.
Not to go into too much detail, we spent the next two days mostly in bed with a bad case of delhi belly, and when we did manage to make it to the train station to get our night train, which we waited two hours for, we eventually gave up waiting because we were both jibbering wrecks and anything could have happened to us with no resistance. Luckily we managed to find a hotel in Delhi at gone 12pm, even though our taxi driver drove past it twice and we had to shout at him to get him to go to the right place. At one point it did seem that he was abducting us and Andrew was getting ready to jump from the car but the shouting worked and we got him to drop us off at a decent hotel where we stayed for another 24 hours in bed.

We have, i'm ashamed to say, given up the budget travelling in India as we have such a short time here and want to make sure that we can make the most of it. So we have arranged a tour with a travel agent and are now staying in a lovely and most importantly for us right now, clean, hotel (Umaid Mahal) in Jaipur and are slowly recovering, though we haven't been able to stomach more than toast and a few chips yet.

Anyway I really hope this doesn't sound like moaning because we are still having a good time and are just looking forward to actually seeing some of India starting tomorrow! We will write soon once we have something to report. We've added some photos to our last blog now, in case you want to see Andrew wrestle a snake!!

lots of love

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