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Delhi, Inda – Brit’s take…

Delhi, India. good god where do i start? From the second we arrived the past two days have been a whirlwind to say the least….

Now, I’m not much to say negative things about a city. In fact I think I try harder then most to find the beauty in things that are … lacking. But for me Delhi, India was a challenge. From the second we stepped of the plane we were surrounded with people selling us anything and everything. Those that weren’t selling us something we “befriending” us so they could help us see Delhi by taking us to their friends travel shop. We learned really fast to walk head down and avoid all the touts that were chasing us around.

There was also the crazy traffic, the crushing poor, the trash, the smell that changed between delicious and terrible within two steps. Between everything, I’m not gonna lie, it was overwhelming and had me wishing for a slower pace area by the end.

 

The last night in Delhi, after four hours of getting lost in the city (and seeing some guy get caned!), we sat down on at a rooftop bar that overlooked New Delhi. I looked at the craziness down below with food carts and the tourists buying saris, and the random roaming cows, and Delhi finally made sense. In all the craziness that it seems from the outside, there is a family and a community of people that all thrive in the madness. They love the crammed crazy street and the 15 different smells and the way of life. They love Delhi. You know it may not be my cup of tea, but it is for some people and for that I’m glad I came. Next stop Jaipur, the pink city….and our first India train trip :)

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  1. Adam says:

    Have fun on that train! I want to hear about it soon!!!

  2. susan says:

    Loved the update on Delhi, enjoyed living through your eyes. thanks

  3. Darren says:

    Cool updates so far! Funny thing for us was we did Delhi last, and I think we tried to get people to talk to us and couldn’t get anyone to. I think after a while we must have developed some kind of look in our eyes that made people stop harassing us. Well, everyone except the kids. The kids don’t seem to care, and they always broke our heart.

    If you’re looking for something to kill some time in Jaipur, look into something called Chokhi Dhani- it like a tourist trap, but for Indian tourists- we were the only non-Indians we saw there. We almost skipped it, but were glad we went. Highlights for us were the human-powered ferris wheel, the camel rides through the crowd (our friend got run into by one), and the carnival games like ‘ring toss around the doritos bag’. It was very culturally enlightening for us. I wouldn’t say it’s a must see, but it’s definitely something I’ll never forget.

    • Brittany says:

      That’s wild… we haven’t developed the traveler stare yet, though i think we are catching onto it after going through the pink city yesterday.

      We only really had a day and a half in Jaipur (the first week is kind of crazy hoping from place to place), so no extra time for the Chokhi Dhani, though it sounds awesome. I wish i would have known about it yesterday… we could have gotten up early and rode some camels!

      We are off to Agra just for a day then onto Veranasi! I know its one of you favorites, we are pretty excited about it :)

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