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  • Day197

    New Delhi

    November 19, 2017 in India ⋅ 🌙 68 °F

    On our way to Delhi, we encountered the first real travel hick-up of our trip.
    We’d booked a flight out of Jodphur to Delhi (there were no flights from Jaisalmer) so took a 5 hour taxi ride to the airport. Unfortunately, there was so much fog that our flight was cancelled. A manager at Air India informed us that flight cancellations had been happening for the past 4 days due to the weather and that it wasn’t looking good for the next day either. We quickly decided to take a tuk tuk to the rail station to try to find an overnight train to Delhi. After unsuccessfully attempting to buy tickets from several counters and being told they were sold out, we were eventually directed to an India Rail office down the road. While waiting in line, John noticed Rishi – the tuk tuk driver whose wife taught us cooking – in another line a few windows down from us. We said hello and went back to waiting in our respective lines. As we were waiting, we realized we didn’t have enough cash to pay for the tickets if we were lucky enough to get them so John headed to the ATM. The line started moving and it turned out there were 2 tickets available, but Christy didn’t have enough cash. She ran over to Rishi, who gracefully agreed to lend her money for the tickets until John returned from the ATM. Phew! Lucky coincidence.
    The train was delayed by several hours, but we eventually made it onto the train and to Delhi (a 10+ hour trip) a day later.
    This visit to Delhi is very short and we’ll be returning in early December to do some sightseeing and shopping.
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