Back to Delhi and the poor in India

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Another step well, this one was about 50m deep, and the photo did not even show the bottom.
We said goodbye to Neemrana and headed back to Delhi (New Delhi is only a small part of Delhi). We stopped at another ancient step well,  this one is different from the one we saw before. This one is even more in the middle of nowhere, and while approaching it you would never know there is anything there since everything is below ground level. The well went down 50 meters but is not as expansive as the other one we saw earlier.

We were in Delhi for lunch at a Chinese restaurant called Lotus Garden. In the afternoon, we visited India National Museum, where 300 rupee was the ticket for foreigners while Indians paid only 10 rupees (about 43 rupees per US $).
A random street scene in Delhi as we drove by. The yellow topped car was what most Indians took as a taxi.
The exhibited sculptures, paintings and articrafts were all first rate, however, they needed to learn how to have a museum store like other famous museums in the world (the Met, the Louvre for example), I would have loved to have a replica of some of the sculptures, or even a book with good photographs of them.

In Delhi was where for the first time in our trip we did not see hords of poor people camping or living on the streets. There were tons of people in Delhi of course, but obviously they were of a higher class (if not socially at least ecnomically). We still had vendors knocking on the windows of the van at stop lights (ah yes there were plenty of stop lights in Delhi, and some roads even look like those from the west). One thing our tour guide told us at day one was that we would never see Indians mad or fighting with each other, and I must say that had really been true.
Inside the Pekoe Tips Tea store. We bought tea, spices and neem soap here.
The poor people seemed to be content to be poor (hard to believe), and if they asked for money from you, they certainly did not think it was their right to get any, except maybe some gypsy women who were more insistent when they knocked on our windows.

Another phenomenon we noticed on the trucks and buses of India everywhere was that they had written on the back HORN PLEASE, and it was expected that you would honk your horn when you wanted to pass them on the road. All sorts of vehicles (mechanical, human or animal powered) shared the roads in India, even though traffic laws seemed to be ignored by all, it was amazing that we did not see any car accidents.  How did they ignore traffic laws? A great example was we would see cars coming toward us on a ONE WAY street! And our driver also made a reverse direction exit off a highway entry ramp! How was that for some excitement?!

We stopped at a carpet store under that ramp, but didn't score anything big there.
Interior of Lotus Garden restaurant
Then we went to  the Pokoe Tips Tea store to buy some tea, spices and neem soap and related products.

Our hotel in Delhi was the Radisson hotel. It had a lavishly decorated lobby and many restaurants inside. We opted to have dinner at the Great Kabob Factory in the hotel (instead of the buffet), which was supposed to be one of the most famous restaurants in Delhi, and was recommended by an Indian friend of one of us in the group from back in the US. The restaurant was certainly packed, and the foods were plenty and not all names were known. Our tour guide and group leader thought the food was too spicy, but the rest of us thought it was very good, and spicy of course.
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Another step well, this one was ab…
Another step well, this one was a…
A random street scene in Delhi as …
A random street scene in Delhi as…
Inside the Pekoe Tips Tea store. W…
Inside the Pekoe Tips Tea store. …
Interior of Lotus Garden restaurant
Interior of Lotus Garden restaurant
More view of the step well
More view of the step well
looking up from the step well
looking up from the step well
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