Not what I was expecting.

Trip Start Sep 19, 2012
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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Travelers Tip; Never trust the scale on a tourist map. It's all lies. They make it look as if all the interesting places are close together when in reality they are miles apart!!

I just get tired of taxis trying to rip me off. They start at 200 and end up at 50 and I know the correct rate is 30. I just tell them if they were were honest I would use them but because they try and rip me off I will rather walk and they don't get anything.

Yesterday after visiting tourist office and armed with maps and info set off exploring Delhi. Am quite surprised as I like Delhi much against what I was expecting. Big tree lined roads and lots of trees. Eventually got to Humayuns tomb which was rather impressive. He was the second Mughal Emperor and lived from1508 to 1556. This was his tomb built that his wife had built. for him. She must have loved the man or was really happy that he was gone. One thing that really annoys me is when people visit these historic and sacred sites and have no respect. Kids climbing all over the tombs and the parents encourage them. There are now over 100 people buried here including the Emperors favourite barber and is affectionately known as the Dormitory of the dead.

Delhi has an awesome underground metro system - cheap fast and takes you where you want. Stuff you taxi drivers!!!. Very similar to London underground with everything colour coded which makes it simple to use. Decided to go to Akshardham Temple which is the largest Hindu temple in the world. This is a modern structure with intricate carvings and a 1000foot mural of elephants and gardens an fountains. 

Now to get in you have to queue and hand in all your possessions. You basically can only take in your wallet and your passport. Anything else including cameras, cellphones and even umbrellas have to be checked in. You are then photographed and told to join another queue where you pass through a metal detector and then a security guard frisks you. And I mean thoroughly frisked with no areas not fondled and felt. Now you can join the throngs of tourists. You will pass through the information centre where you can buy tickets for all the attractions. These include the River boat ride through History, The Imax movie, the fountain show and various other cheesy exhibits. You will pass through the over priced food courts and on your way out will pass through the ridiculously priced souvenir shop. There is no sense of spirituality or reverence that this is a religious site. It is like a theme park with out the thrill rides. An amazing structure but was happy to get out of there.

Today decided to do a walking tour of Delhi that I got from the Tourist office. Ha! this is Old delhi. crowded dirty streets and chaos that I expected. Was told by a local not to go to the Mahatma Gandhi park as it was closed and used by drug addicts and thieves. Most of the sites were pretty disappointing. Got to Jain Masjid one of the largest mosques in India. Dutifully took off my shoes and wandered around this huge building. I walked through an archway to look at the view of town and when i tried to get back in was rudely told that I had to wait for 45 minutes. Don't know why as everyone else was walking in and out. When my time was up I tried again and this time the arrogant shit wanted 300 rupees as I had a cell phone. Again everyone else was carrying phones and snapping pictures but this idiot was only targeting Westerners so I told him what he could do with his mosque and suggested that Muslims should maybe more tolerant.

Decided to walk to the Red Fort which is another impressive site but horrendous queues to get in so maybe will get up early tomorrow and beat the rush. Now that I am getting expert on the metro it should be a doddle!

Tomorrow night I catch the train to Amritsar so will update  from Rajasthan in a day or two.
 
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Lu on

You are having the most amazing experiences! You write so descriptively and your pictures are great.
With reference to one of your earlier blogs, I have noticed a lot of eating and "praying" experiences. Just saying!
Have you seen any elephants? There were two mating in my garden the other night. Almost defying the law of gravity!
xx

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