Delhi, New versus Old

Trip Start Mar 06, 2011
Trip End Apr 29, 2011

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

As we kick off our 10th day of our world trip, we begin today in the second country on our list, India.  We have booked a packaged tour for India, with our own driver for the next seven days which will take us to three different cities with guided tours of  Delhi, Jaipur and Agra also known as the golden triangle.    Our first day of India is Delhi, with sightseeing planned for New Delhi and Old Delhi,  the temperature forecasted is 32 degrees, much warmer than what we experienced yesterday.  Our driver picks us up at 11am with our Delhi tour guide and  takes us to our first stop, Qutb Minar in New Delhi.  This was a muslim victory tower also know as  a minaret which was  built in 12th century.   This area was quite picturesque and we were just soaking in the beauty and history behind it, meanwhile Lisiana requests to go to the bathroom as per usual for this time of day and quickly sees it's not very hygienic.  Next stop was around the parliamentary buildings in New Delhi, majority of the buildings were a resemblance of european architecture, gates of the Presidents house resembles Buckingham Palace Gates, India Gate resembles the Arc of Triumph from Paris, I could go on and on, but i won't.  It's almost 1pm and we pull into an area full of restaurants which my guide assures me there is a top quality restaurant he recommends we try.   As we walk towards the restaurant, there is a man playing a flute with a Cobra rising out of a basket, just like in the movies, I grab my camera to take a photo, Arion is too frightened and drags me away.  Our food arrives and we dig into our curries, Butter Chicken and Shahir Paneer (Cottage Cheese curry) with some naan and Rotti.  The butter chicken has a bit of the kick but the kids are okay with it and end up enjoying their meal.    Our next part of our trip was visiting Old Delhi starting with Jamma Mosque built in the 1650's, we had to take our shoes off and Zinije had to wear a wrap to cover herself otherwise she would not be allowed inside.  As we walk around the outdoor Mosque we notice it's quite large and the detailed architecture is just amazing. After the kids and I have a good laugh at Zinije  in her wrap, we collect our shoes and jump on a rickshaw ride taking us through Chandni Chowk and this was an experience in itself.  We split up in two rickshaws,  Arion and myself in one and ZInije, Lisiana and our tourguide in the other.  As our rickshaws are weaving in and around the chaotic traffic, it was fascinating to see this part of town with wiring hanging all over the place, small alley ways full of little baazars, the whole place is so different to anything we have ever seen before.  Eventually our our rickshaws make it down the hill to the Red Fort also built in the 1650's by the same person who built the Taj Mahal. We do a few more sights and then head back to the hotel for an early rest and reflect on the days excitement, the main part for me was definitely the rickshaw ride, while I was worried about being hit buy other cars Arion was saying awesome!!
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Petros on

The 'new' in New Delhi..... is very subjective!

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