Hello India!

Trip Start Jun 28, 2010
Trip End Ongoing

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Monday, October 3, 2011

We finally made it to India after a mammoth day of flights and stopovers. Coming straight from Ceduna pretty much, it was pretty strange to be in Delhi. To say the two places were different would be a huge understatement!

The hotel we stayed in was brilliant, a welcome treat – and in the middle of Old Delhi – we certainly chucked ourselves in at the deep end!

Our first morning was spent dodging laden donkeys, saying 'no' to rick-shaw drivers and having our photo taken by locals amazed at our white skin!

We headed to the Red Fort which was the old city built in the 1600s for the mughals. A very beautiful sandstone sight lined with pristine lawns stood before us – and it was actually quite calming after walking down the streets. After wandering around here, we headed to Chandi Chowk – the main bazaar of Old Delhi which was also dotted with the odd temple. We popped into one after paying a man to look after our shoes. The temple was certainly a good first glimpse into how religious and spiritual the people of India are. We witnessed groip hanting, praying, worshipping of shrines and also had a bindi spot painted between our eyebrows.

Later on in the day, we walked to Jama Masjad – India’s largest mosque. Sean had to wear a long skirt (given to him at the entrance) in order to adhere to the dress code (I think they just didn’t want his hairy legs on show!). One evening on our way to get food we decided to get a cycle-rickshaw to the main backpacker area. On our journey through the centre of Delhi we experienced the usual; horns honking constantly, cows basking in the sun, goats being taken for walks, people cycling with heavy loads on the back but nothing really prepared us for an elephant dodging traffic on the busy crossroads. Yes. An elephant. This city never ceased to amaze us!

In Delhi, we did lots of people watching as this was definitely a good way to catch a glimpse of daily life. Even though the place is so chaotic – it’s also a very colourful place and so far we’ve been treated very well, albeit avoiding few near-scams along the way. And even though you can taste the pollution, smell the urine and feel the rubbish crumple beneath your feet –you get used to it all very quickly. Delhi was definitely not a place for the faint-hearted but it was the perfect place for us to dive in and see what India has to offer!
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