Delhi, the first time in India

Trip Start Jun 01, 2006
Trip End Jan 30, 2007

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Friday, June 2, 2006

We arrived in India the 2nd of June.

We were picked up by the hotel we booked on the internet. The ride to the hotel was a bit of an experience for us already. Lanes aren't adhered to, cows are standing on the road looking bored and indicators are never used but horns are.

For my western eyes India seems the dirtiest place ever. There is no end to muck. People prepare food on the street next to where cows are having a 'cowpat break'.

Besides the dirt there is chaos too. Life very much happens on the street in India. People want to sell you things, or want to take a picture of you. Often you get asked where you're from and what you're called. Most of the time out of frienliness but all too often the conversation moves to a shop of 'his uncle' that has to be visited.

Once you get used to your senses being overloaded with impressions, it becomes apparant that India is a very beautiful and special country with very colourful people.

Amritsar is a pleasant place which is also the capital of the Sikhs. Although it was very hot there when we were there, there are less people hassling you in the streets. The golden temple is beautiful and lots of people there want to shake our hands and wanted to know where we came from.

Udaipur is built around a lake and was the setting for the 80's bond film octopussy. In many restaurants they play this movie at night. It almost feels like we're staying at one of the great italian lakes. This is a place where we could easily spend more time than the 3 days we are here. I take a swim in the lake every morning, afternoon or evening (or all three).

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