An Assault On The Senses
Trip Start Mar 30, 2010
73Trip End Jul 22, 2011
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We woke up the next day to a nice Indian brekkie of parantha and curd (kind of potato pancake and yoghurt) and agreed on having a driver for the day as we needed to get to the train station to try and get our onward journeys sorted out and we were told that New Delhi station is a bit of a gauntlet. Our driver took us to the area of the station that we needed and we managed to get sorted with tourist quota tickets as all of the trains that we wanted were already fully booked. The first thing that really hit us about Delhi was the smells, mostly disgusting ones
We had some very good curries on the first day with some lovely Thali’s on Connaught Place for lunch and then some very good curry in a bar in Peharganj washed down with some beers (quite a rarity in Delhi) in the evening where we’d asked the driver to drop us. This area is near the station and is pretty crazy. You have to constantly look around for cars, motorbikes, rickshaws, dogs, cows, touts plus everyone else.
Feeling much braver and having got our bearings we set off by ourselves on the second day and used the Metro all day which is beautifully air conditioned and doesn’t hit traffic. Of course there is real poverty everywhere you go and the desperation shown by some of the autorickshaw drivers is quite intense when they are following you down the street and will not take no for an answer
In the evening we visited the much quieter area of town where the Parliament buildings are and also India Gate where a lot of locals like to hang out at sunset.
Sunday morning was time to say goodbye to our luxury room and get on the train for a three hour trip to Agra. We did nearly miss it even having arrived 50 mins early as we didn’t realise the train we were stood next to was ours, and despite India Rail being the World’s largest employer we couldn’t find anyone to ask!!!!!!!!!!!!