Monday, 7 July 2014

Delhi- The Final Frontier of India

Delhi was our last stop in India before Thailand and it was a chance for us to recharge our batteries before our next chapter.

We stayed in the busy Paharganj area down the main bazar a lively hub of tourists, locals, tasty street food, a legitimate bakery that served cheese and all just a short walk from the metro line.

We didn't do an awful lot in Delhi we caught the efficient but busy underground around the city, that made us feel a little bit like we were back in London again, except the modern Delhi metro has air con and women only seats and carriages!

Our time in the city was very much a sort of see where the wind takes us few days. We visited some of the government buildings and saw where the prime minister lived. The British influence was much more pronounced in Delhi, even some of the roads had very British names such as Connaught place.

We also did a bit of shopping and sight seeing although unfortunately we didn't make it to Gandhi's old house as we got taken for another ride by a rickshaw driver who really wanted us to go to his friends shop and wasted our time so we were too late to visit.

We did manage to find the lonely planet we had been looking for for ages of Northern Thailand, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.

Olly decided to go to a pub to watch some England play Scotland in the Six Nations and ended up getting horribly drunk due to being the token white guy at the bar and lapping up the attention of all the Indian men that wanted to buy him a drink, be his friend and post photos on Facebook. So we spent the next day chilling in the room whilst he nursed a hangover... naughty boy!

There were some nice places to walk around, some of the narrow lanes of Old Delhi were truly atmospheric and whilst Delhi was a long way from the hell hole we'd feared it certainly wasn't our favourite city in India.

Batteries charged and raring to go we were ready for the final chapter of our 6 months. It was time to head South East. 

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