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  • Day207

    O Canada!

    March 23, 2019 in India ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Our visit to Delhi turned into a lovely break from travelling. We stayed in “mini-Canada”, thanks to our friends Staci and Dan at the Canadian High Commission. We left India behind for a couple of days, to drink coffee and gin & tonic, eat steak, burgers, butter tarts, and jump on a trampoline, play in the pool, and enjoy the company of a really fun Canadian family. Our actual exploration of Delhi was a bit limited, but I think it was worth it to recharge our batteries after a fun but intense time in India. Now onto Nepal - it is feeling like the final stretch of our travels has begun...Read more

  • Dec15

    Museums and more food

    December 15, 2019 in India ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    What better way to meet a county than going to a national museum! Yup, I'm one of those people. After sleeping longer and missing a breakfast we just headed to the museum. And it's a big one! It really introduces you to all the Krishnas, Vishnas, Ganeshas and other of amazing Indian gods. What a civilization, what a history. Also so many paintings, old dresses, weapons, musical instruments,...
    After museum we took a walk to the big India Gate. Since it was Sunday there were lots of people and families, lovely! A lunch later we wanted to see some huge Buddhist temple but it was very crowded, we'd have to leave all our stuff in cloakroom (no thanks) and it was getting dark so we went back to Connaught Place to meet with others.
    Tomorrow it's transition day, off to Agra on a train :)
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  • Day16

    An Interesting Day

    January 30, 2019 in India ⋅ 🌫 10 °C

    Another nearby breakfast of roti and tea before heading out into the city again. First stop was just nearby, the Qutb Minar archaeological site. The main attraction here is the world's tallest stone minaret, topping out at just over 70 metres! It's very impressively designed as well, and located in a complex with a few ruined mosques, tombs and other buildings. Although it had been fairly quiet when we arrived at about 9am, it steadily filled up and by the time we left at 11 it was getting quite crowded. Fairly typical for a place in India! It's like constantly being at the Easter Show or something.

    Next stop we headed over to India Gate, a massive Arc de Triomphe style archway that commemorates the Indian dead from WW1, WW2 and other campaigns. Lots of Indian tourists about but not many Westerners. Huge numbers of people selling crap too, toys and photographs and the like - again mostly aimed at locals. I reckon it was probably a 50/50 split between people selling and people there to see the monument!

    From here we headed to Connaught Place, the centre of New Delhi designed by the British in the 19th century. There's a bunch of old white colonnaded colonial-style buildings around a multi-acre roundabout, laid out in very much a Parisian style. As it was lunchtime, we found a place that apparently did decent food and seemed busy so wandered in. We both had a thali which is basically a mixed curry plate - three small serves of curries, rice and naan. Very tasty!

    We felt like finding a coffee place and having a sit down to relax, and so we stood around near the exit of the metro station trying to find an option on our phone. As we were looking at our phones, a guy approached offering to clean my shoes; I said no and waved him away without even looking up since I was pretty used to constantly being pestered. Then he said "but sir, look!" I glance down, and lo and behold there's a huge dollop of wet cow shit on the top of my right shoe!

    It immediately clicked what had happened - he had squirted it there without me noticing, and would then expect a "tip" for cleaning it off! I shouted no and told him to F off, turning around and taking my shoe off. Shandos and I (okay mostly Shandos) cleaned the shoe off over the next 10 minutes with tissues and water we had to hand. The shit culprit had disappeared almost immediately which was lucky for him; as we were standing there cleaning it I was getting angrier and angrier and probably would have gotten physical if he'd come back. He was an older guy and pretty scrawny as I remember.

    Eventually we got 95% of the shit cleaned off. Both a little shaken, we decided to just head straight for the nearby metro and head home where we spent the late afternoon relaxing in our room. I did some more reading and apparently the shoe-shit scam is quite common in that area of Delhi - an article in the Guardian written in 2010 said he'd had it happen four times in the same area, even after living in Delhi for years! Apparently it goes back as far as the 60s. I've heard of similar scams involving mustard on jackets and fake bird shit, but those are often precursors to getting pickpocketed. At least it made me feel a bit better - we didn't lose anything more than 10 minutes of our time, and that even westerners who've lived here for a couple of years can fall victim to it.

    For dinner we headed out to an odd place nearby, a sort of hipster arts collective in a compound with galleries and multiple western-style cafes. We went in a couple of cafes, and both of them could've been anywhere in a first world country, although the prices were about halfway between Western and typical Indian. Quite an odd feeling, though I guess these places will keep on popping up. Although there's a lot of poverty here in India, there's a colossal middle class as well that's only going to keep on growing. Moving on tomorrow!
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  • Day32

    Lessons

    June 1, 2019 in India ⋅ ⛅ 40 °C

    We did enjoy our holiday even with its up's and downs but we certainly learnt a few things this time around when it comes to pre-booking complete tours that we can adopt in future.

    1. Don’t trust tripadvisor reviews except for those from people with a large number of reviews (ie they are well travelled).

    2. Research tour company offers thoroughly, concentrating on:

    • Attractions and locations visited and purpose for visiting
    • Time taken to reach each new location and identification of wasted time waiting
    • Modes of transport used and the number of passengers
    • Proposed accommodation and confirm what happens if changed
    • Cost of complete tour vs making own bookings for accommodation and sourcing tour components separately or visiting attractions yourself and paying cost of entry.
    • Reputation/reviews of tour company.
    • Options they have should a component of the tour not proceed or be significantly delayed say due to bad weather or travel issues.
    • Level of proficiency of English of the tour guides.

    3. Ask tour company to clarify details of their offering arising from the points above to ensure that you have obtained value for money for a good quality tour.

    4. Obtain all responses by email.
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  • Day30

    New Delhi, India/Taco Bell

    January 22, 2017 in India ⋅ 🌫 20 °C

    After Agra, our last stop of the Golden Triangle was New Delhi. Unfortunately we didn't get to see very much since security was escalated for Republic Day that week and our flight left the next morning.

    We made the best of it by finding one of the few Taco Bells located in India. It was quite different from the ones at home: beer, tequila, chicken fingers, and hotter fire sauce but no beef. It was marketed as more of an upscale restaurant but still satisfied our Taco Bell craving after a few weeks traveling outside the US.Read more

  • Day210

    New Delhi

    December 2, 2017 in India ⋅ 🌫 12 °C

    Our last 4 days in India were spent seeing some sights in Delhi, getting our teeth cleaned (masala chai stains, yo!), and getting our laundry cleaned and bags in order for the next part of our trip to South America and Antarctica.
    Delhi is a huge city with incredible history and culture as well as many comforts that make traveling easy. However, the air quality is the worst we have ever seen anywhere in the world. When it hurts to breathe, your eyes are watering and city authorities suggest you do not go outside, you are not encouraged or motivated to spend anytime exploring what the city has to offer.Read more

  • Day2

    Hotel im Krisengebiet? Abzocke Teil zwei

    March 30, 2019 in India ⋅ ⛅ 34 °C

    Raus aus der Metro und voller guter Vorsätze machen wir uns zu Fuss auf den Weg zum Hotel. Einmal den Bahnhof queren und dann nur 400 Meter die Strasse runter. Von wegen.
    Nachdem wir das erste Dutzend Rikscha- und TukTuk-Fahrer abgewimmelt haben stehen wir vor vielen „Durchgang verboten“-Schildern. Blöderweise halten wir uns daran, während einige der Inder trotzdem durchlaufen. Beim Umdrehen werden wir von „Touristen-Helfern“ angequatscht und uns wird folgender Bären aufgebunden:
    Unser Hotel läge in einem Stadtteil mit hohem Anteil an Pakistani. Und da Pakistan und Indien sich gerade mit Kriegsdrohungen überhäufen (darum durften wir auch nicht über Pakistan hinweg fliegen sondern nur drumrum) kam es in den letzten Tagen zu schweren Krawallen und Ausschreitungen dort. Wenn wir zum Hotel wollten müssten wir bei der Touristeninformation TDDTC ein Permit holen und wir würden dann sicher zum Hotel gebracht.
    Nach kurzem Beraten lassen wir uns darauf ein (der Mann war nett und der Tipp kostenlos!). Von einem TukTuk werden wir zur TDDTC gefahren. Dort sitzt ein netter Herr, hört uns zu, erklärt die Situation und ruft sogar für uns im Hotel an um sich nach der Situation zu erkundigen. Alles scheint ruhig zu sein, der TukTuk-Fahrer bringt uns zum Hotel.
    So weit war dann alles in Ordnung und wir beruhigt. Hinterher haben wir erfahren, dass dies eine bekannte Betrugsmasche ist.
    Der Touristen-Helfer, der TukTuk-Fahrer und die vermeintliche Touristen-Information arbeiten zusammen. Und haben die ganze Geschichte nur erfunden. In unserem Fall haben wir nur 550 Rupien für das TukTuk zu viel bezahlt.
    Anderen Touristen wurden dabei komplett sinnlose Touren verkauft, neue Hotels organisiert, usw.

    Ich werde aber das Gefühl nicht los, dass wir auch morgen wieder abgezockt werden 😀.
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  • Day7

    Another Match, Another Loss

    April 11, 2017 in India ⋅ 🌙 24 °C

    We woke up early and redesigned to play another game. I was with the 1st today, after a brief meeting with the head we lost the toss and batted. We were bowled out for a 120. They caught up to us and won in less than ten overs, which was more than disappoint. That night we had dinner in a spinning restaurant which I over payed 250 rupees on. Yay!Read more

  • Day5

    Essen

    April 2, 2019 in India ⋅ ☀️ 33 °C

    Das Essen in Indien ist fantastisch. Wir lassen uns treiben und schauen mal, was uns wo überrascht. Heute sind wir in einem kleinen Restaurant gelandet, in dem es ein Mittagsmenü gibt. Es stehen zehn Schüsseln vor einem, die beliebig oft wieder aufgefüllt werden. Alles lecker, alles angenehm scharf, alles frisch.
    Es gibt Cola in indischen Flaschen und halbe Lämmer.
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  • Day149

    Unabhängigkeitstag in Neu Delhi

    August 14, 2019 in India ⋅ ☁️ 28 °C

    Lange Reisetage.Vom hässlichen Dimapur nach Guwahati und von dort per Zug in 27 Stunden in die Hauptstadt. Heute werden gleich zwei Feiertage zelebriert. Die Unabhängigkeit von den Briten und Rakhsha Bandhan, kurz: Rakhi.
    Die Stadt ist auch ohne dies schon Chaos, Krach und Karambolage. Heute ordnen wir uns erstmalRead more

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