Trip Start Nov 01, 2005
41Trip End Jul 28, 2006
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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
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
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 Delhi............you 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 airport....now there's an adventure....Delhi airport?