Robbed in Delhi
Trip Start Aug 26, 2012
129Trip End Dec 22, 2013
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For our full day in Delhi the plan was for a few of us to brave the Metro and make our way to the Red Fort and the Chandni Chowk area for a bit of shopping for secret Santa presents and scarfs to make turbans for our upcoming camel safari. The timing of our stay in Delhi coincided with the protests regarding the criminal laws around rapist in wake of the 23 year old girl who was gang raped on a bus a week previously and who was in critical condition
Shaking off our disappointment we went back the way we came and started exploring the Chandni Chowk (meaning moonlight square) a colorful shopping bazaar. Turning off the main street wandered through the little tiny streets. I’m still fascinated about having like shops together (promotes competition amongst the shopkeepers) and first came across shop after shop of beads and ribbon and then suddenly it was shop after shop of gorgeous sari’s and then on to stationary and book shops
For the afternoon the plan was take the Metro back halfway and get off at Connaught Place, the New Delhi commercial hub that has three ring roads jammed with restaurants, bars, shops and movie theaters. As we tried to exit the metro station there was a heavy police presence at each of exits and basically there was only one way out; which we thought odd but didn’t think too much about it. It’s only when a few of us tried to enter did we realize the station was actually close. Our theory being they didn’t want people to get on the metro to go join the protest.
No sooner did we get out of the metro and about to explore an underground bazaar, and Zoe realized her handbag had been slashed and her wallet was gone; we think it was done on the Metro as it was so jammed packed
Spending the rest of the afternoon on the laptop and phone, Zoe was able to cancel her cards and get a new one sent onto Mumbai. In the meantime we will lend her money until we get to Mumbai. Needless to say, Zoe dislikes Delhi (I completely understand as I felt that way about Paris a few years ago when my purse was stolen) with a passion and it did put a damper on the day and on Christmas Eve no less.
In talking with Vera and Malcolm who opted to pay for a car and guide for the day, they were not much more successful in seeing the sights due to again it being a Monday and the protest had shut most of the roads down and they had no choice but to head back to the hotel. A couple other guys had better luck in renting a rickshaw driver for the day but then they weren’t about really seeing the tourist sites; just some shopping and bar hopping. So they did quite well for the day.
Delhi was the end of the first leg of the full circuit and the beginning of the next so we had another group meeting and three new people join us, For Christmas Eve dinner we went to a decent restaurant called Crossroads where they had a Christmas cake for dessert (Thanks Dragoman) which was more like a spice cake but still very tasty. After dinner and saying goodbye to Anouschka who’s final stop was Delhi, a few of us went to locate a shop to top up our phones with more airtime to call family and friends tomorrow; Christmas Day.
The best was made of our 36 hours in Delhi despite the circumstances outside of our control. If I have the opportunity again I think I would spend about a week here to taken all that the city has to offer.
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