Another hot day ... mostly in bus travelling..visited Quran Minar ... off to Sri Lanka tomorrow.
Another hot day ... mostly in bus travelling..visited Quran Minar ... off to Sri Lanka tomorrow.
December is a nice time to travel tthr world, especially to warmer places. This year it's India time! Lots of plans, lots of places to see and a whole different culture to meet! Unlike other years I'm not traveling solo but with friends (Mara, Matjaž and Mateja) which will make a trip even more fun 😃
We flew Aeroflot from Ljubljana to New Delhi throug Moscow. Didn't spend much time in Moscow though, they messed up our tickets so we ended up being upgraded to business class (awesome 😎) and a bit of a mess getting our bags In Delhi, but it all worked out okay...
This sure is a crazy city, soooo many people, hectic traffic and really bad air pollution, so we're wearing masks when going out. 😷 It's not super warm, around 17 degrees (it rained a lot last night and we were delayed while landing).
After meeting with Matjaž, who was already here, we started with huge breakfast with all kinds of different and good food, so delicious! Observing people on the street while eating I got a taste of what awaits me in this country - so many different people, styles, animals (cows!), beautiful kids, tuktuks who honk ALL the time,... Crazy yet awesome!
We spent the say mostly going around Connaught place, a huge roundabout in the center with lots of shops, markets, street performers, you name it! Went to some good Rajasthan restaurant, amazing food (pretty spicy), with some menu, where we got to try around 10 different dishes - all vegetarian, but really good! I really hope my stomach doesn't protest much and I don't get a delhi belly (we have tons of medical stuff and some proper spirits drinks to fight it!).
Of course jet lag came along and need to fall asleep, tomorrow awaits and we need to start exploring well rested!Read more
After some good rest it was time to hit the city. We didn't know there was breakfast served in hostel so me and Mara went to near Old Delhi to grab some food. Not much luck - street food only. I have a rule not to eat on streets for first few days for my stomach to get used to local bacteria... diarrhea isn't much fun 😕 But I didn't wanna go to McD 😛
After returning to hostel and when Mateja arrived we all went through Old Delhi to see the Jama Masjid mosque which is next to Red Fort. Now THIS is Delhi 😃 Streets filled with people, dogs, goats, cows, butchers, power bank sellers, you name it! So condensed, cables everywhere, everybody honking ALL the time,... But pretty fun in a way. Not too happy about wearing mask all day long but still better than throat pain.
Mosque is just beautiful, huge, sits right next to Old Delhi. Of course kids came to our girls to take photos with, what can you do, you five seconds makes their whole day 😊 Really lovely to see those smiles. You can even pay 100rs to climb to the top of one tower, which offers a great view of the city. I'd say whole city, but the smog prevents it, so you can't see the end of it (not that it's any different otherwise hehe).
Of course we had more amazing food - more dal with garlic naan, paneer, roti, this food is AMAZING! Not to mention cheap - in a fine restaurant we paid 990rs for 4 (that's like 12€). We ended up on some rooftop bar in Pahar Ganj, because we absolutely needed some beer 😃 Nice place above the street with live music and very friendly waiter, telling us tons of stuff about India, Varanasi,... We're really enjoying all this :)Read more
Up and out from our hostel at a good time, and grabbed some breakfast of rotis and chai from street vendors at the metro station nearby. The main reason we'd stayed in this area was because of the metro station - Delhi's metro is pretty modern and efficient, with trains every few minutes and fairly good coverage of the city. It's also extremely middle class, with no beggars or anything like what you see on European metro networks.
It was a bit difficult to manage since we didn't have local SIM cards yet, and a lot of the signs are in Hindi, but we caught a train into the centre of town and then another train to Old Delhi for our first stop - the Red Fort.
Within a minute of emerging from the station, a pushy cyclo driver kept telling us that the Red Fort was closed, and that our best option was to take a rickshaw ride with him. I burst out laughing because it's such an obvious tourist scam, but we walked down the street and found that the Red Fort was indeed, closed! The whole garden area in front was walled off for a festival celebrating the 150th anniversary of Gandhi's birth, and the fort was closed for six days because of it! Ignoring all the touts who kept telling us it was closed and to do a tour with them, I spoke to an older uniformed guard carrying a shotgun who confirmed that yes the closure was legitimate, but the festival was starting at midday and we could come back then.
So we wandered away under constant siege, but found our way to Jama Masjid, a large nearby mosque built of red sandstone. Very impressive. Had an argument with the guy who was "minding shoes", as he wanted 100 rupees ($2) for "minding" our shoes! I explained that I wasn't going to pay anything since he didn't tell me up front, didn't have a sign etc, and put on my shoes and started walking away. Eventually we compromised on 20 rupees - not a big loss but a reminder that everyone in the tourist areas wants money and you have to be constantly vigilant.
We set off walking into the backstreets and alleys of Old Delhi, trying to find the spice market that all the rickshaw drivers kept talking about, but since we didn't have data on our phones we didn't have much luck. It was pretty intense as well, with the noise and the crowding and reckless drivers/riders. Lots of shops selling random Indian stuff like those yellow flower necklaces the Hindus wear, jewellery, etc, but no sign of the spice market.
At midday we went back to the Red Fort and headed into the festival. Wasn't really much for us to see, but there was a bunch of tents set up where each state of India was selling local food. So we grabbed some stuff from the Kerala tent - Kerala is down on the south-west coast and a spot we won't be going to on this trip (though it's well known on the blogger/backpack circuit), so it was good to get a taste for that area.
Got a couple of photos of the fort exterior - not the best World Heritage Site visit we've ever done - and then wandered away in search of a phone store. After quite a bit of searching we managed to find an Airtel store, then after 15 minutes of waiting in queue they told us they were out of tourist SIMs! But there was a Vodafone store across the street, where after a 20 minute wait we were in luck. 225 rupees each (about $4.50 AUD) for a 28-day SIM with 1.4 gigs of data each day. Nice. The whole process took an hour, involving passports, visas, photographs, writing the form out longhand and then replicating the information in the computer. Indian bureaucracy! But at least we were sorted.
Grabbed an Uber down to our second WHS for the day - Humayun's Tomb. This is a large tomb complex for Humayun, one of the early Mughal rulers of India. It's a massive red and white sandstone building with beautiful white domes on top, and is actually a sort of mausoleum for the family - there's apparently ~150 burials in there. It resembles the Taj Mahal though it pre-dates it. And unlike the Taj which was built by the emperor for his dead wife, this was built by a widow for her dead husband the emperor.
Spend a couple of hours wandering around here checking out the complex before getting another Uber back to the hotel. Returned to the same place as last night for dinner, though after our mouth-burning spiciness I was feeling much less adventurous and just settled for some garlic naan instead!Read more
Zum Einstieg in Indien und zum Beginn des Tages erst mal leichte Kost - einem hinduistischen Tempelkomplex, der ganz Swaminarayan gewidmet ist.
Pünktlich zur Öffnung sind wir da und müssen uns erst einmal an vieles gewöhnen:
- es muss alles abgegeben werden (Handtasche, Kamera, Handy, etc)
- zweimalige Kontrolle, streng wie am Flughafen
- nur Wasser darf mitgenommen werden
- es gibt keine Guides, dafür ein deutschsprachiges Heftchen mit den wichtigsten Infos (für 5 Rupien / 7 Rappen)
- es gibt Touristen-Ströme, Photographen (siehe eines der Bilder), gutes Essen
- der Tempel kostet keinen Eintritt
Nach einem Rundgang im Tempel und einer Runde drumrum besuchen wir die Ausstellung. Es werden die Werte des Hinduismus sowie die Geschichte der vedischen Kultur darstellen. Außerdem wird die Pilgerreise des jugendlichen Swaminarayan durch Indien darstellt. Von der Aufmachung und den Effekten könnte der Europapark Pate gestanden haben.
Photos gibt es leider keine von der Tempelanlage. Dabei haben uns besonders die Elefanten begeistert. Aus Stein wurden unzählige, fast lebensgrosse Tier in speziellen Situationen gehauen. Faszinierend und alleine schon den Besuch wert.
Ansonsten entstand der Eindruck, dass dieser neue Tempelkomplex (besteht erst seit 2005) eher ein Museum statt einem belebten Tempel ist.Read more
Ein Besuch bei Gandhi ist Pflicht. Zuerst das nationale Gandhi-Museum mit vielen Bildern und wenigen erklärenden Texten. Und dann das Memorial, wo Gandhi nach seinem Tod verbrannt wurde.
Beides ist angenehm voll mit neugierigen Besuchern und lädt zum Bummeln ein.Read more
Erstesmal Indien, erster Tag New Delhi im Stadtteil Old Delhi. Zu Fuss durch die Altstadt. Ufff- ich kann es gar nicht beschreiben. Die Atribute Smog, laut, eng, Verkehrskollaps, Menschenmassen, Bürokratie, Kastensystem fallen mir auf Anhieb dazu ein, beschreiben aber nur einen Bruchteil von dem Elebten. An Delhi muss man sich gewöhnen, meinte eine Touristin in der Schlange am Ticketschalter. Ich werd mal sehen ob ich es schaffe. (Tomek)
Pierwszy raz w Indiach, na początek w New Delhi na starym miescie. Na piechotę przez Old Delhi. Uff- ciężko opisać. Atrybuty typu smog, głośno, ciasno, korki, masy ludzi, biurokracja, system kastowy wpadają jako pierwsze na myśl, opisują jednak tylko wycinek przeżyć. Do Delhi trzeba się przyzwyczaić, powiedziała sąsiadka w kolejce po bilety na dworcu. Zobaczymy, czy mi się uda.Read more
We had a day to fill in and had booked a local tour with hotel pick up to explore the Chandni Chowk market area/ try street food.
It was an experience! First the driver who picked us up barely spoke a word of English and we thought he was our guide. This is going to be good...NOT!! It took almost an hour to arrive at the starting point and we realised this was not our guide, merely the driver and we were relieved to find our guide was a rather bubbly young Indian man (named Anil I think) with a passion for food. That tour group was comprised of 9 people, including 7 Australians.
First we caught the metro - you pass through screening when entering public places - ladies one side, gents the other. Then started walking through the narrow market alleyways to our first food stop . It was actually upstairs like a small basic restaurant where we sampled 2 dishes. I cannot remember the name but they tasted ok. We moved on, pushing past throngs of people and really putting me out of my comfort zone.
Next stop and 2 more dishes, a samosa and a sweet fried pastry, eaten while standing in the middle of the alley. By this time Brad was feeling a bit dubious about the food as it really wasn't mating his health inspector eyes approval. By the 3rd stop which was 140yr old establishment famous for its fried bread type of dish, Brad declined any more food, especially after seeing one guy washing up in the drain, another sneeze into his hands and then continue kneading the dough... It was all too much for him.
There was a quiet alleyway which had remnants of original Delhi architecture, quite old and it was a bit of a peaceful haven amongst all the chaos. Another stop for a lassi (yoghurt drink) and some sort of rice dessert. Then our guide wanted to show us a view from the top of the market place. So off we trot through the spice market where the smells were overwhelming. Everybody was coughing and sneezing, even the people who work in it every day. Up three or four flights of stairs, no lights, step and maybe a handrail if you are lucky. Finally, out on the rooftop to see the setting sun over Delhi and the views over the market and a nearby mosque.
The return to the starting point required more bustling through people, walking for about half an hour, back on the metro, the drive back to the hotel through the incredible Delhi traffic. This tour was an assault on the senses, the sights, the smells, the noise, the push and shove and even a taste of authentic Indian food. We were exhausted when we arrived home. It was really quite interesting though.Read more
Als einzige Weiße in dem Gassenwirrwarr von Old Delhi, haben wir schnell gelernt, das ein Lächeln die Situation zuverlässig entspannt. Sollte man den Kindern beibringen wollen, wie handwerkliche Berufe früher ausgeübt waren, nix wie nach Old Delhi. Schneider, Metzger, Bäcker und Andere, werken direkt vor Augen der Kunden in mickrigen , schmuddeligen Geschäften. Dazwischen alle Nase lang kleine Hinterhofmoscheen und winzige Hindutempel. Schwer durch zu kommen durch das Gedränge der Fussgänger, Rickschas und Mopeds, ergänzt von spielenden Kindern und Ziegen. (Agata)
Jako jedyni jasnoskórzy w gęstych zaułkach Old Delhi, szybko nauczyliśmy się, że za uśmiechem można wyczarować odprężoną atmosferę. Jeżeli chcecie opowiedzieć dzieciom o tradycyjnych zawodach, to nic, tylko do Old Delhi. Krawcowie, rzeźnicy, piekarze i inni, pracują bezpośrednio na oczach klientów, w mikrych, brudnawych klitkach, pomiędzy którymi modlą się muzułmanie w podwórkowych meczetach i hindusi w malutkich świątyniach. Ciężko się przecisnąć przez zatłok pieszych, riksz i motocykli, kompletowanych przez bawiące się hordy dzieci i kozy.Read more
You might also know this place by the following names:
Central Delhi, وسط دلهي, Distrito de Delhi central, मध्य दिल्ली, Distretto di Delhi Centro, Centraal-Delhi, Центральный Дели, मध्यदेहलीमण्डलम्, మధ్య ఢిల్లీ, Центральне Делі, 中德里