Delhi, India

November 25th – 30th 2010

Notes:

  • Trash everywhere, especially on outskirts. The colors from trash colored the landscape. Lots of pigs running around in the trash.

  • Had steak and eggs with a Coke for Thanksgiving. Cut of steak was like the one found in pot roast. Not the greatest but it’ll do. I tried to keep it as American as possible.
  • If you buy street food, it most likely will come on a plate that’s lined with newspaper. I guess ink makes a good seasoning.
  • Good job Mr. Vegetable Seller. Sell those vegetables right outside a public restroom.
  • Lots of Asian looking Indians here in Delhi, supposedly from North-east India. They are discriminated against, especially the girls. That’s what I read in the papers. Also got a number of Nepalese here.

(Main Bazaar street in Paharganj.)

  • It feels good to do absolutely nothing sometimes. Struggling to find motivation to go sightseeing but nothing’s overwhelmingly interesting in Delhi, yet, it’s a great city to relax in (heavily populated, polluted, chaotic, yet has everything, which is what I find myself looking for). If I want to watch a movie, there are plenty of cinemas showing American movies. If I want to eat some foreign foods, plenty of places for it. If I want to buy something, there are shops for it. If I want to use the internet, lots of cheap places with fast connections. Watched Harry Potter Deathly Hallows, then after not wanting to eat Indian food for a while, decided spontaneously to eat at a joint next to the cinema (supposedly been selling biryani for 50 years). Then ate some McDonalds fudge sundae to balance it out.
  • Visited Humayun’s Tomb, Red Fort and Bangla Sahib (a Sikh temple). Impressive places.

(Humayun’s Tomb)

(Inside Humayun’s Tomb. The actual grave is in a crypt below.)

(Bangla Sahib)

(Mandatory for everyone to cover their heads. Bandanas provided outside.)

(No shoes inside Bangla Sahib.)

(Everyone praying. Guy in middle is the lead Sikh priest.)

(After exiting temple, everyone gets a glob of this warm, oily peanut brittle paste.)

(People washing (or cleansing sins?)  from a pool in the temple.)

  • Train station employee sent me on the wrong train and ended up about 30 km from where I am staying. Luckily a helpful guy showed me which bus to take and it took me back.

Delhi, India Pics

7 Replies to “New Delhi, India”

  1. Great Blog. It is very inspiring, at least for me.

    I am curious to know more about the planning and day-to-day part of your trip:

    – how did you plan your trip? what to keep in mind while planning?
    – what items did you choose to take, and why?
    – how did you handle packing? certain things to be aware of while packing?
    – how did you handle your finances? more on day to day spending.
    – your perspective on travelling alone?
    – a typical day for you.
    – more about your experience on sharing your journey on the go?
    – tips/suggestions/warnings etc. when planning similar trips?

    I would appreciate if you could explain the above as elaborately as possible, breaking into basics – if possible. Similar to “for dummies” book format.

    I didn’t have time to read the whole blog. So, if any of the above queries were mentioned in any of your earlier posts, please let me know.

    I wish to travel the world, if life allows. I intend on using your experiences as a reference tool, if you allow me.

    Have a great journey.

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