The Grand New Delhi
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... and made sure that we got what was needed.
The hotel recommended we eat at Karims which was nearby and we had a very good meal. Being fans of Indian food is going to be useful. So to bed again even more tired only to wake at 2 a.m. We had some tea, a long chat and eventually ended day 2 sometime early in day 3.
India is already beginning to take it`s grip on us.
The exit in the airport was actually fairly quick I had expected that baggage was going to be checked and all that but pretty much after passport getting stamped and walk to pick up luggage it went pretty smooth although the intrepid guy who was supposed to be wearing cap and vest and holding up my name ...
... Our final stop before heading back to the hotel was Connaught Place, one of the largest financial, commercial and business centers in New Delhi. There is a massive roundabout, around which shops and street vendors are set up. A bit commercial but neat to see. We went for dinner at a restraint near the hotel called Spicy. The food was amazing and my meal cost me all of $7. Tomorrow we head by bus to Jaipur, the Pink ...
... sorts of wonderful dips and breads and bhajis. It was spice heaven. We also tried this thing called a Dosai, which is a huge pancake thing wrapped up and filled with spicy veg and potatoes a bit like the filling of a samosa. Afterwards Alex sneakily wandered off and bought us what she told us were 'indian chewing gum' it looked like mint leaves with something inside.. So hesitantly we put these things in out mouths and started to chew. Immediately our faces turned to terror an ...
... but already they are able to read, write and converse mostly in English and she has managed to get them all sitting still for longer than 5 minutes so a massive achievement really!
You can read a bit more about it on the website of the charity we are helping at www.squalortoscholar.org and read a bit more about the amazing work that Shri and Mamta do under the team heading in about us.
Off to Jaipur at the weekend so will post again after that.