Trip Start Aug 24, 2010
54Trip End Sep 01, 2011
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Where I stayed
Hotel Pacific Heights
Landing in Delhi is such a comfort compared to landing in Mumbai! The airport was nice, clean, and modern...with stores and restaurants, and even vending machines!! Since we haven't found any convenience stores yet, we stocked up on some chips and gatorades...to fulfill our sugar cravings!...and in case we couldn't find any other comfort foods to settle Jay's stomach
Our adventures in Delhi have been limited, as Jay can't go too far from a bathroom...haha. Our hotel proved to be in an interesting area so that kept us busy! We stayed in Connaught Place, a common shopping district in Delhi. It's kind of neat, an outdoor circular shopping district, containing modern stores, old fashioned stores, street vendors, restaurants, pubs, and even an underground market! After being in Mumbai for five days, I wasn't afraid of Delhi, so I ventured out on my own to find some lunch. Yikes! The looks I got were piercing! It might be more of our imagination, but the stares in Delhi seem to be more Femininely degrading...and straight out...scary. So I grabbed some McDonalds...the first thing I saw...and went back to the hotel. McDonalds, by the way, doesn't serve any beef products here! Only chicken or veggie...and most of it is spicy. The menu looks Delicious!
Jay and I ventured out together, once he was feeling a little better, and found an amazing, old style stationary store. The owner is a lady about 80 years old, who speaks excellent English. She gave us some insight on the different Gods that are pictured on the calendars, told us the history behind the Taj Mahal, and showed us a variety of handmade writing paper and notebooks. We spent some time in the shop, a dark, dimly lit, narrow (only one person at a time) hallway of a store, with fans as the cooling system. The buildings are really neat inside, sketchy looking narrow stairs going straight up, the cement on the walls degrading with every day...lol. The atmosphere is that of the past....and I love it! We bought a calendar from the shop, and later went back to purchase some postcards....all for about $2.
We walked the whole shopping complex, looking for a summer style dress for me
We found a travel company... Thomas Cook...where we wanted to book our car for our day trip to the Taj Mahal. Up some seedy looking stairs, around a couple corners, and finally into the shop! The lady quoted us a price, but we thought we'd shop around a bit. On our way to another "tour company", we were just crossing the street to go in, when a gentleman asked how we liked India. Not sure if he was selling something, or just being friendly (it's a 50/50 chance here), we kept our guard up. Turns out, he was working for the tour company that we were just about to enter! So he brought us in. Another guy gave us our options to go to Agra, where the Taj Mahal is, and quoted us a price DOUBLE what Thomas cook had quoted