Delhi Belly?

Trip Start Nov 01, 2005
Trip End Jul 28, 2006

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Saturday, November 5, 2005

Delhi belly? well the answer is definitely not yet! There were some, including us, who thought we were slightly mad to book ourselves into a Delhi bed and breakfast, especially as we had seen no photographs of the place and the only recommendation was from someone we didn't know. The recommendation was "his place is the same as mine or posher" Well that was enough for us and we decided we had to trust our instincts.
Well what a great time we've had, if you want to come to Delhi we can definitely recommend you stay with the Sabharwal family of New Delhi, read on and we'll even give you his phone number.
You can never forget the sights and smells of India and with the aid of our new friends we've been to places we would never have ventured into and tried foods we didn't know existed.
Our first sight of Delhi as we landed on 2nd Nov was to see the twinkling and welcoming lights to celebrate Dewalli, a Hindu festival, this was indeed to be a good omen, as the welcome continued when we met Sudhir and his wife Aruna. I can't quite imagine a British B and B waiting at the airport at 2 in the morning to pick up their guests. It transpired that they had never had paying guests to stay before and certainly not English, they were very apprehensive, so the feeling was mutual.
We can't believe now that we only met them 4 days ago, they have become like life-long friends we have known for years, they've educated us in Indian ways and in return we've educated them in English ways. We certainly landed on our feet.
Had a quite hair raising journey on the Indian highway to and from Delhi to Jaipur by private car, (cheaper than a taxi, but it shouldn't really be carrying paying passengers!!- kindly arranged by our host) Wow what driving skills you need to dodge the camels, elephants, coaches, buses, cycle rickshaws, cows, auto rickshaws, pedestrians and scariest of all vehicles of all sorts coming in the wrong direction on your side of the carriage way. Jaipur was fab, visited Amber Fort, Palace museum, Palace of the Winds and our favorite the astronomical observatory, haven't got the hang of putting pics on the log yet but when we do you'll be able to see it.
Car took a side swip on the journey back to Delhi, which was rather scary when the police got involved, for two reasons, the other driver (at fault in our view)was a police man and we were in an unlicensed car, not usual for tourists! Anyway eventually our driver had to give a bribe even though the accident wasn't his fault. Despite peering in the car at us the police left us alone.......phew.
Off the Taj Mahal next day with our hosts, had great south Indian food on route for breakfast. Taj Mahal was a great disappointment as IT WAS CLOSED. Ce la vie, got some pics at a slightly odd angle and Paul tried his hand has a cycle rickshaw driver, when ours appeared to develop respiratory problems. We didn't get a refund but as Sudhir had already negotiated a reduced rate from 750 rupees for tourists to the local rate of 20 rupees we reckon we'd done ok.
Saturday was our last day in Delhi and we were taken to Sudhirs business office in the old part of Delhi. He owns a building which houses the largest wholesale market in could buy anything from a plastic bag to sari. We thought we were going to see the market but actually we think Sudhir had staged it so that he could introduce his English friends to people who kept "popping" by.
Finally off to the airport for our flight to Sri Lanka and yet more adventures, actually as we have forgotten to confirm our flight booking we could be sleeping at the there's an adventure....Delhi airport?
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