What a start...

Trip Start Nov 02, 2011
Trip End Ongoing

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Thursday, November 3, 2011

So I arrived in Delhi on Thursday 3 Nov 2011, the flight was great, no hassles, plus I managed to get a sleep after I’d had my dinner and watched a couple of movies.  I had a window seat and thoroughly enjoyed the views.  The first sights were in the morning of the mountains in Afghanistan near Kabul, on the way toward India.  I could make out some towns or villages but from this height they almost looked like mere matchsticks laid out on the ground.  On my way into Delhi I spotted the impressive Lotus Temple, oddly enough a golf course (which I didn't expect), the city and parks and the lower I got the chaos on the roads, which I was about to experience.

I got through customs no bother and got chatting to a lovely couple who were on a package type tour, I would say I was probably a bit apprehensive initially, maybe a bit nervous but they calmed me before hitting the chaos. So my adventure starts, I had arranged an airport pick up and in no time I'm settled into the hotel, gathered myself together and ventured out to find an ATM to get some Indian Rupees.

Manic, chaos, exciting, invigorating, poor, harsh, poverty stricken, noisy, it's such an assault on the senses I don't know where to start.  The traffic of people, cars, lorries, tuk tuk's, hand carts, camel's and donkey's pulling carts as well as cows hanging around just anywhere, normally causing chaos by lying in the middle of the road.  Cows are sacred animals here and no-one would dare cause them any harm it's fascinating.  I don't last out too long before I head back to the hotel for dinner and I had an early night after arranging a full day's sightseeing for the following morning with the hotel.  I know I'm doing the tourist bit but it's my wee security blanket for arriving here on my own, and I plan on doing my own sight seeing in other places.  

I ended up seeing loads of the main attractions in Delhi although probably a bit too quickly, I met a couple from the hotel Hayley & Matt at Humayun's Tomb (which the Taj Mahal was later based on), and I also met a beautiful young Canadian girl Ailish, from Vancouver Island who I spent 2 manic days with around Connaught Place, New Delhi Railway station and the bazaars in Old Delhi.  It was good having a companion to head out with, definitely made life slightly easier.  Tim & Jilly were 'Champagne Backpacking' as they called it, and were having a ball without actually roughing it.

Delhi is really hard work though, you are constantly approached by people either selling stuff or trying to get you into their taxi or tuktuk for sight seeing, "Good price Madam' the constant cry and something I will need to get used to.  The poverty is really harsh though, you see people lying on the street that just look dead, in one case near the main train station the guy had obviously been knocked down and then abandoned - next day in the paper I saw an advert trying to identify a John Doe found dead at the station... way to creepy. 
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