Arrival in Delhi!
Trip Start Oct 20, 2007
11Trip End Nov 13, 2007
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The problem came with finding the hotel. After getting to the Karol Bagh area, the driver told me that he didn't really know where this specific hotel was, and to keep my eyes open as we drove around. He stopped and asked for directions twice, but eventually found the place. Not in the nicest area of town,
A warm shower and a comfortable bed refreshed me somewhat, although the incessant honking and other sounds of the city gave me less than a completely restful sleep. The next morning, I met my tour group at breakfast on the rooftop, and then we were off to see the sights of Delhi, via metro and then bicycle rickshaw.
After taking the metro to Connaught Place, our guide told us we had the afternoon to ourselves, as long as we made it back to the hotel by 6:30. Kelly, Jo, and I tuk-tuked our way to Humayun's tomb,
By now, it was 5:30, and we knew getting back to the hotel was at least 45 minutes, probably more in the rush hour Delhi traffic. But alas, our tuk-tuk driver wants to charge more for driving directly to the hotel, less if we agree to stop along the way at some shops where he gets a cut of whatever we spend. No, sorry, in a hurry! We choose the direct route, which doesn't prevent him from stopping to buy lottery tickets. He did, however, slow down so we could take a picture when we passed an elephant.
Delhi finishes off with a bus ride to the train station, a grody, dingy, scary place where we have to wait for a half hour or so before we can board our sleeper car: