Making friends in Delhi
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We have met so many people who have travelled through India and every time I say “Oh we are going to New Delhi” their faces drop and they diplomatically say “Mmmh it’s interesting” or “Crazy Delhi haha” one went so far as to say “Oh it’s a shit hole I hated it” so needless to say my expectations were not very high at all. The airport was new and clean but we later learned that had been built for the Olympics 2010......it’s nearly finished. When we came through arrivals our driver form the hotel was there to take us to the hotel. He opened the windows and shouted “Air-con” at us as he drove like crazy to the hotel. The hotel was tucked away down a little alley/toilet/sewer and the first thing I noticed was millions are flies everywhere, probably because there was a urinal in the alley. I think I was so tired I just walked right by or maybe we have been doing this for so long now nothing fazes me anymore. The owner was very friendly and told us to have a rest then he would get a driver to take us to lunch and to a tourist information office to gather some info. It was great we had lunch and met Del Boy the wheeler dealer at the tourist information centre, he did however give us a driver who took us around the whole of Delhi in one day (5 pounds each).
He took us to The Red Fort where I first started to notice that everyone was staring at me, once I had checked with Justin that I hadn’t ripped my pants or had toothpaste all over my face, we realised it’s because I am different (blonde and blue eyes). We visited Rajght Park where Mahatma Gandhi’s memorial sits, Humayins tomb, we relaxed in Lodhi Garden (No not lady garden) and watched the local men play cricket, the drive took up to the Royal Palace but as we are not allowed to stop (security reasons) he drove at about 5 miles per hour so we could take some pics. It is a crazy place every time I stopped and stood still for one minute people would ask if they could have their photo taken with me, some didn’t ask and tried to be discreet but failed miserably. At one point Justin went to the toilet and when he came out I had a full family around me, child dangling over my head and they are all franticly trying to get their picture taken with me it was so funny. That night we ate then settled down as we were shattered, we then heard noise from outside, we got dressed and ran downstairs and there was a full street festival procession going past our bedroom, so we stood and watched as the tractors pulled floats, goats ran in fear and trumpets were being played. It was great fun to watch.
The following morning we walked out for breakfast to one of the local cafes and we saw the area for what it really was. There were cows walking around the street and with them comes the crap, the area looked like a bomb had gone off and this is normal for the locals. We sat up in the cafe looking down on the streets below and realised that it is so dirty and unorganised, I was happy to get a taxi back to the airport a few hours later. The area we stayed in wasn’t the best, but what do you expect for 3 pounds per room, but the New Delhi we saw on our day tour was fantastic, the people were friendly and polite and best of all we had a really fun day. 24 hours in Delhi has made me want to see a lot more India has to offer so we both left for the airport re-thinking what we want to do for the last 8 weeks of our trip.