South West Delhi

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  • Jan6

    Bye, India, you were amazing!

    January 6 in India ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Well, this is it. Again the time to say goodbye. Another awesome trip came to an end.
    India is a wonderful place. Far more than I expected. It's not just masses of people. It's not that hard or scary or anything. It takes some time to getting used to. But once you embrace it's vibe you can really enjoy it. It has soooo much to offer, beautiful nature, culture, temples, warm and nice people, amazing food (which we had way too much), weird and funny things,... It was everything I've hoped for - seeing impressive Taj Mahal, wondered around great Varanasi, shopped in Pushkar, seen huge castles in Jaipur, felt like being on another planet in Hampi and an amazing psytrance New Year's party in Goa. I love India :)
    A trip wouldn't have been the same without the company of Mara, who just became a backpacker a embraced India like a pro! Also Matjaž and Mateja, my old travel companions! Thank you all for all the amazing times, teas, laughter, support, garlic naans and whatnot ❤️
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  • Day2

    Mt. Everest

    April 28, 2019 in India ⋅ 🌫 36 °C

    We arrived later in Delhi at 1:30 since we couldn’t overfly Pakistan and had 1:15h longer. We had to go through customs and get our bag. We had again a big laugh because they looked as they were dragged through dirt. Well, yellow is a heikle color, right? After getting our visas for an hour stay at the airport if Delhi we were picked up by a very friendly guy, could relax for an hour in a lounge. That was a bizarre thing. There was also a little problem with me having Müller in the passport but Mueller on the visa for Bhutan. It is often a reason to discuss. But they let me in. If you are not Indian you need a Visa for Bhutan. Like that they control tourism. Last year 200’000 people visited that country, only 75’000 of them not Indian. They have an open border with India. We were advised to take seats on the left side to fly from Delhi to Paro because it was supposed to be the most beautiful flight. And it was. After again passing through security which was just weird being checked from a woman in something like a changing room - anyway, Lilian and me again laughed tears. We successfully boarded the plane run by Drukair. We first flew to Kathmandu getting closer and closer to the Himalayan giants. We saw approximately 5 Mt. Everests, since all of them very big but geographically it couldn’t be him/her/it yet. The French guy next to me didn’t have any idea and therefor no help in the Everest-confusion but was putting his camera to the window and excused himself all the time while doing it. So at one point I asked him if I could take the pictures so he wouldn’t lean over me all the time and I wouldn’t have to smell his bad breath. We had a quick stop in the capital of Nepal and then the mountain show really started. And there was Mt. Everest! At least I think the mountain on the picture is the real one. And if not, it is a pretty one at least so do not complain. It was a really nice flight and after a quite adventurous landing approach to Paro gliding through the valley we touched ground in Bhutan. Oh it smelled already very nice, fresh and spicy when leaving the plane (and the French guy). We were picked up by our guide, 25year old Tenzin dressed in the traditional cloth Gho and our driver Jimmy. We went right away to a temple. The temple has been built in the 7th century and is one of the oldest in Bhutan. The Bhutanese are very fond of nice clothes and it is advised to put on a nice blouse while visiting those holy sites. Well. I was still in my training trousers and I wasn’t at all wearing something just slightly similar and chic to a blouse. Let alone my fancy pink socks. You visit temples always without shoes. I felt a bit uncomfortable like I would not respecting their wishes on holy places. Luckily it didn’t seem a problem though. After that we went for a delicious lunch. Food is delicious here. I just gonna mention it once. It is also aspargus season. They are way thinner then ours and just yummy. After that we checked in in our hotel which was once a palace. I am always surprised when staying at such beautiful places because I just don’t expect it. What a view on the valley. Splendid. We were picked up in the afternoon for a walk in the town. The town is mostly a mainstreet and lives on tourism. They made the houses look pretty in the 80ies. We had something like the coffee number 10 and visited the local fruit and vegetable market. We came the way back to the hotel by foot, climbing up the little hill to see how we were doing at 2300m altitude and I went straight for a nap since I just couldn’t think straight due to exhaustion. Diner was splendid/delicious/marvelous, take the superlative you want, especially the chicken with cashew sauce, in a roundish restaurant with a view on the Dzhong, which we would visit the next day. Wonderful.Read more

  • Day32

    Last Day

    June 1, 2019 in India ⋅ ☀️ 37 °C

    Today is our last day, The Leela Palace has certainly completed our wonderful holiday.

    The last breakfast someone else prepared, the last time someone will make the bed, even the last time the pool boy will prepare our lemonade at the pool.

    Holiday is nearly over only a few more hours here.
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  • Day32

    Oh no time to check out

    June 1, 2019 in India ⋅ ☀️ 40 °C

    Goodbye vacation it is time to head home.

    Michael, Hilda and the A team arrive back from Hawaii on the same day we arrive home. Melissa and Charlie arrive in a few days. It will be lovely seeing them all.

    We are not actually home for that long we have a few mini breaks already planned. Touring Victoria and driving along the Great Ocean Road in July for about 3 weeks. In August we head over the ditch to visit Melissa ,Luke and Charlie for around 3 weeks.

    We love this retirement thing.

    Living the Dream.
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  • Day32

    What a dreadful airport lounge

    June 1, 2019 in India ⋅ ☀️ 39 °C

    Whoa this Delhi Airport lounge is dreadful. It has hardly any seats, the food is average except the chicken noodle soup which is quite nice. The noise from jackhammers working on airport shop upgrades is deafening, not what you need when sitting in an overcrowded lounge which has taken 2 hours to finally get Wi-Fi.Read more

  • Day3


    April 7, 2017 in India ⋅ 🌫 30 °C

    My day started early midnight to be exact, where in a plane I was trying to sleep with no luck. We arrived in Delhi at 3 o'clock in the morning to catch yet another flight to Kaipur. Everyone was shattered as we had all nearly stayed up for 24 hours, but the fun didn't end there we were treated to a tour, where I didn't fall asleep on the coach, and a training session, where I didnt fall asleep on the coach!!Read more

  • Day19

    "Steven! You need beer?"

    March 5, 2019 in India ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    Back in Delhi for a night before heading on to Kathmandu, here is the indulgence of a few general impressions.

    Firstly, a massive shout out to Anand, the driver who has patiently ferried us over a thousand kilometres of Indian highways and back roads.

    His rather stentorian voice would boom through the bus, “You need break?”, or more infamously the title quote above. He was at our disposal to go out in the evenings and was always ready with a great restaurant if we needed. Nothing was too much trouble, and he was quite unflappable.

    He was stopped by the police one time, and sprang out of the bus to talk to them. “Did you get a ticket?” we asked. “No,” he said, “I just paid them some money.”

    He would not only translate for us to buy drinks from some pretty dingy looking wine shops, he kept an esky in the bus topped up with ice so we could have a cold traveller in the afternoon.

    We could not overstate the difference having a private driver has made to our trip.

    Speaking of which, we spent a fair few hours on the road and grew quite used to the Indian traffic flow system. Slow trucks and fast cars share the right lane, no one moves over for anything, the horn is an always-on accessory and motor cycles, auto rickshaws, ox carts and the like make up the left lane of a multi lane road.

    Cows, of course, have right of way everywhere and may and do use any lane they please.

    The hard shoulder is reserved for slow vehicles, which could be travelling in either direction, plus pedestrians, pilgrims and roadside stalls.

    The trucks, mainly slow unarticulated Tatas or Ashok Leylands, all look overloaded and are decorated to within an inch of their lives, with black rope-like streamers attached to their mirrors, colour everywhere and a most unnecessary sign on the back - “Sound Horn”.

    The Indian government is working hard to sort out the traffic. For example, their speed hump technology is world class, and nothing speeds traffic better on a four lane highway than some random steel barriers across a lane or two.

    The poverty in India is in your face pretty much everywhere. You will see slums, people washing themselves in the street, people going to the toilet in the street. It is so common place that no one even seems to notice.

    And yes, India is in many ways filthy and polluted. The streets and even the country roads are lined with rubbish, the cities have amongst the world’s most dangerous air quality and there is a constant battle to preserve the monuments from the pollution.

    But despite all that we found it one of the most amazing destinations we have ever visited. Enormous cities full of wealth and monuments, Rajasthan outposts with their ubiquitous forts-on-a-hill and of course the incomparable Taj Mahal. Go if you get a chance!
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  • Day2

    Dehli Airport und Abzocke, Teil eins

    March 30, 2019 in India ⋅ ⛅ 36 °C

    Erste Eindrücke beim Aussteigen aus dem Flugzeug:
    Es ist heiss, alle haben es eilig (da nützt auch der Befehlston des Steward nichts), es hat Smog und Curryduft liegt in der Luft. Und wie um alles in der Welt schaffen es die Abholer, direkt an der Gangway aufzutauchen?
    Für uns steht der übliche Postenlauf an:
    - Toilette (die asiatische Hock-Variante hat uns wieder)
    - Visa (dank e-Visa ganz einfach und unspektakulär)
    - Geld wechseln (hurra, sie nehmen Schweizer Franken)
    - SIM-Prepaid besorgen (auch ganz unspektakulär, da sehr einfach. 10 GB für 11 CHF)
    - Getränke kaufen (klappt auch prima, ist bei 40 Grad auch notwendig)

    Beim Kauf des Metro-Token fallen wir dann schon das erste Mal rein (und wir sind noch nicht mal zwei Stunden in Indien). Der Token-Verkäufer „vergisst“ uns das Wechselgeld heraus zu geben und wir merken erst in der Metro, dass wir statt 120 ganze 220 Rupien bezahlt haben. Naja, sind 1,20 CHF Unterschied, nervt aber trotzdem für 30 Sekunden.
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  • Day27

    The Leela Palace

    May 27, 2019 in India ⋅ ⛅ 40 °C

    That was a long day and a lot of ups and downs over the last 3 weeks.

    We have now arrived in a lovely hotel where they greet you with flowers and the traditional red dot on the forehead. Walked to our room to check-in and advised of our complementary items as we are members of the Hotel Chain.

    We will at sometime go out and explore but for now we will take in whatever Leila Palace has to offer.

    It is time to relax for 5 days in the 40 degree heat and just chill.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

South West Delhi, جنوب غرب دلهي, দক্ষিণ পশ্চিম দিল্লি জেলা, Distrito de Delhi sudoeste, Sud-Ouest de Delhi, दक्षिण पश्चिम दिल्ली, Distretto di Delhi Sud Ovest, Zuidwest-Delhi, Юго-Западный Дели, दक्षिणपश्चिमदेहलीमण्डलम्, నైరుతి ఢిల్లీ, Південно-Західне Делі, جنوب مغربی دہلی

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