06.12.2005 15 °C
Well 5 days in Dehli so far and it's been hectic. After the mad Taxi journey from the airport, the Hotel (Sun International in Pahar Gasnj) is fairly decent, basic facilities but occasional hot water and is clean with a european toilet.
Getting around is chaos, the streets are so crowded and hawkers and vendors at every turn. Got a sore throat from the amount of times having to say Thank You No to everything from shoe shines to ear cleaning!!
Taken in most of the sites so far, seen the Red Fort, Largest Mosque in India, Haruman's tomb (Beautiful Taj Mahal like tomb in lovely gardens where we also saw our first Snake Charmer) as well as India Gate, the Presidential palace and Parliament (With Monkeys climbing on the wall!)
Food is amazing and I"ve gone veggie whilst over here as the chicken dishes are basically the sauce with a huge chicken drumstick in the middle! The Dal Mahkhani (Lentils in a creamy sauce) and the Mutter Masala (Masalaed mushrooms all served with Nana's and PArantha's are amazing. Very cheap too, about Two pound for a meal for 2 with drinks!
The way we get around when not walking is the auto rickshaws or Tuk Tuks, about 50p to get anywhere in the city although being in one is like being in a real life game of Burnout Revenge as they impossibly swerve at high speeds narrowly missing everything from other rickshaws, horse drawn carts, dogs pedestrians and Cows! Yes the sacred cows do just wander around the main roads minding their own business!
Yesterday went to Agra and saw the Taj Mahal, hellish journey 5 hours on a hot coach getting there but well worth it once there, it is simply the most amazing building I have ever seen. The pictures I've seen don't do it any justice at all!
The journey back we got a train (4 hours but much more comfortable once you find a carriage not full of chickens, goats and huge bails of hay/corn!)
Getting a bit overwhelmed with the noises and smells now and looking forward to Friday am when we head off to Mumbai and then onto the beaches/jungles! Chris is adapting well after spending the first 2 days in total shock at the chaos, sights and smells of it all as is his first time in a third world country. Not had too many beers only really first night where we found a Mexican themed bar (Rodeo in Connaught Place) where the seats were real saddles from horses! Very uncomfortable after a few hours and lots of beer.
Off today to see some more mausoleums and the take in an Indian Dance and music show this evening!
Will update you more in afew days. Weather here not too hot, about 15 degrees during the day but gets very cold at night almost zero degrees, so definately coat weather in evening!
Have fun all