New Delhi-Round 2

Trip Start Jan 06, 2007
Trip End Jul 29, 2007

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Sunday, July 15, 2007

We took a local bus back to Delhi after a full days rest and Nae was feeling a lot better. We decided to stay in the Muslim part of town (Old Delhi) which is close to Jama Masjid, the largest and most striking mosque in India. After being rejected from what felt like every guesthouse and hotel around, we finally found a hotel that would accept a non-muslim, western couple.

The next day we had a good look at the mosque before heading to Raj Ghat the place where Gandhi was cremated. This felt like an eternity to walk to as it was about 45 degrees. Luckily there was a great little park where we stopped in the shade and watched ducks swimming around...the things you do to pass time. Raj Ghat was interesting and from here we headed to the Gandhi memorial museum to learn more about this influential person. His history we discovered was a lot more involved than we had ever imagined. He started his career studying law in England before spending half his life in South Africa fighting for Indian rights there before returning home and fighting for India's independence. There was so much to read, that we got kicked out of the museum trying to read nearly every thing written about him, as it was closing. Soon after the museum, we squeezed onto a stupidly packed, hot and sweaty bus to Connaught Place. This is where Delhi's rich come to shop and enjoy a bit of westernized culture.

Our last day in India was spent at markets before checking out at our hotel and bartering a rickshaw to take us to the airport for our overnight flight to Bangkok.
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