Delhi - welcome to india

Trip Start Feb 07, 2014
Trip End Jun 19, 2014

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

The journey to India started unbelievably very good. Nice people behind the check in counter, seating in emergency exit, people were not pushing when getting into the plane. We felt like in different world, but we knew that the shock is only waiting for us.

We have finally arrived to New Delhi airport, to get through all of the procedures and get our luggage was very quick, however when went out, nobody was not waiting for us even if our hotel was supposed to arrange a pick up, so we called to the hotel as they confirmed everything the day before. They have sent us an email how to be careful, when we are putting our foot into a taxi as they may try to rip us off. Oh well, due to some problems with credit cards and their laziness the receptionist said, that we should take prepaid taxi from the airport. It was a warm welcome from India.

So we have arranged taxi through the counter at the airport. We got in to the cab and I found out that I have completely forgot to take details of our taxi. I have tried to switch my GPS on, however it did not work and we did not have any idea, if we are going the right directions and after hearing all these stories from everyone who heard where we were going, I was a bit worried. Despite of all we have finally arrived to the hotel after 45 minutes.

The first surprise was when I was talking with the male hotel receptionist in our hotel, as he was rude to me, however when he spoke with my husband, he was completely ok. You know in Nepal, everybody is very nice to women, very pleasant, you have a feeling that you are in different world, but these guys in Delhi were completely opposite to Nepalese people.

After checking in we went out for couple of minutes to find some agency, which will be able to book for us railway tickets as for booking with Indian railway system you need to have an Indian phone number and without it you need to write an email to them and in few days they will give you a signing code. We also had an issue with booking flights to India as our credit cards from 3 different banks and 2 different countries did not work. We later found out that one of the banks blocked them but it was very strange, because we have never ever had this experience before even if using the cards abroad. Well, after only a 15 minutes call I was able to get them unblocked for the whole of Asia. Thank god, as not long before we would have to call each and every time crossing to a different country.

However with the help of an agency we managed to book our first train journey to Amritsar - to visit golden temple.

On the next day we went out to see Jama Masjid and Red Fort and we used auto rickshaw but the ride was quite crazy - I did not know where to look as too many cars, motorbikes, bikes and everybody using horns. I was very scared, because these small tiny rickshaws look so fragile and these drivers are driving frantic. Jama masjid is the most famous and largest mosque in India. Admission is free, however you have to pay for camera - 300 RS for each camera.

We had fun in Jama Masjid as the local people were asking me, if they could have a photo with me - and why not? :) They told me, that they like my very white skin.

Close to the mosque is Red Fort - very big and famous Delhi monument and we had very nice walk over there. Squirrels, eagles and parrots all around us.

After few hours of relaxing walk, we were up to Chandni Chowk a famous street in Old Delhi and I have to say, very crazy place – so much noise, smells, people and traffic – an incredible experience.

The first couple of days were quite ok so we will see what is waiting for us.

Next Amritsar and it's Golden Temple.

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