Arriving Delhi

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The new A380 bus at Singapore Airport
It was Friday morning 2nd November and I was getting excited about going to India but at the same time a little sad as I was leaving hubby behind but it was his choice not to come.  Vaughan took me to the airport and there I met Colleen the other girl on my Geckos tour that I had been speaking to on e-mail the last few months but had not yet met until now.  I said goodbye to Vaughan and we got on the plane, I hadn't travelled Singapore Airlines for a number of years it was very comfortable.  We arrived Singapore airport 6.5 hours later where we had a 2 hour wait for our connection to Delhi.  I had left my lonely planet back home so here was my chance to buy another guide book,  I got the Rough Guide just as good ! and a free travel adapter which was even better !!   I wanted to do more duty free shopping but instead had to nurse a splitting headache which thank god had gone by the time I got on the next leg.
Map of my trip through India
  So arriving Delhi at 10pm at night, we got through passport control pretty quickly and our bags had already been taken off the belt the other side !  I was expecting it to take ages to get through arrivals but is was suprisingly quick.  My hotel pickup was waiting for me the other end, I had taken my chances with the hotel picking me up as I wasn't going to pay the rip off $72 Geckos transfer fee.  The first thing that hit me when I exited the terminal was the pollution, oh the smell of 2 stroke, smoke and anything else mixed in, ahh lovely not !  As I hastly followed my driver I passed my first amputee, a sad site holding out his sad little desperate hand for money.  I was warned not to give money to beggars only food as there are scam artists that pose as beggars.  My trip to the hotel was around 45 minutes, it was 11pm at night and the traffic was like peak hour traffic back home, except the road rules were different here ! what road rules ? horns were blowing, red lights ignored, lane switching, two vehicles turning right in parallel !  but at least they had their headlights on, unlike Cairo in Egypt.  I trusted my driver so I just sat back, relaxed and listened to the Punjabi pop blaring out the speakers.  We turned into the street where my hotel was and I saw my first cow ! the hotel was simple but clean and I was looking forward to a nice hot shower and my bed.
Amanda says:
First days are always so crazy, aren't they? This is a great discription of a first day!
Posted on: Dec 10, 2007
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The new A380 bus at Singapore Airp…
The new A380 bus at Singapore Air…
Map of my trip through India
Map of my trip through India
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