What have I gotten myself into?
Trip Start Dec 07, 2009
88Trip End Sep 26, 2010
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After customs, I found a prepaid taxi to take me to my hotel. The roads here are dirty and broken and filthy and there is dirt and dust and animals everywhere. It is very smelly. My first impression of Delhi is not good. The driving is crazy, even more so than in Thailand. There are no lines in the road here, or rules, everyone just honks at each other constantly, for no apparent reason, and uses every inch of the road possible. Accidents are common.
I made it to my hotel only to find it was full, and they found me another hotel but made me pay through the roof prices. This was a scam and I knew it but since it was midnight and it definitely did not look safe or welcoming outside I went with the porters to a new place down the road and settled in
Anyways, the next day was better. I wandered back to my original hotel and checked into my room at noon. The room was much nicer and I felt safe here. It had working air-con and was nice and tidy. It is 45 degrees outside. This is hot for a Canadian boy.
I met my group that night and felt a little more comfortable with India. It seems like a good group of people and I like our guide, his name is Nagendra but we call him Nee2. To welcome us to India we wander around the streets and marketplace of Karol Bagh. It is still craziness outside and like nothing I have ever experienced. We stop for a nice dinner at a relatively upscale restaurant. This is nice. I enjoy the food and the local Kingfisher beer. We have an early night and I get a much better sleep.
The next day we take the subway to Old Delhi. The subway is insane. Imagine fitting 30 people in a small elevator. This is how cramped it is. It is nearly impossible for the doors to slide shut and sometimes security guards have to come and push the people inside so the doors can close properly
The train was actually pretty nice, decently comfortable and it had air-con in our sleeper carriage, so even though it was 20 hours until we reached Jaisalmer, it wasn't too bad! More adventures to come.