I woke up that morning and ordered breakfast to my room, the cornflakes were aweful so I didn't touch them again for the rest of the trip, the scrambled eggs tasteless so that left the toast and jam ! I wondered down stairs and met Colleen who introduced me to some more of our group a good mix by the looks of it and I wasn't the oldest !! I also met the tour leader Micki and he suggested we hire 2 cars for the day for site seeing as we all wanted to see the Delhi sites that day. We all went off and did our own thing for an hour or so then we all met up again at 10am. Our first stop was a Sikh temple - Lakshmi Naragan Mandir, the moment we stepped out the car we were mobbed by persistent sellers so we quickly got into the temple. We had to leave our shoes, cameras and mobiles in a locker as they were not allowed in.
Snake charmer near India Gate
The temple was fairly modern made from white,cream and red brick, it was lovely inside. There were carvings of the different gods as well as paintings. It was very ornate and had a lovely garden courtyard with elephant statues. Our next stop was India Gate built to commemorate 90,000 soldiers killed fighting in WW1. When we got out the car we saw a snake charmer and I just got a photo in time before he was whisked away by police ! apparantley the area around the gate does not allow snake charmers ! Our next stop was a fair distance down the southern end of the city. I noticed whilst driving around Delhi how low profile the buildings are, I didn't see any high rises and to my other suprise there are many parks and gardens so I actually thought Delhi was quite a green city.
Small mobile snack take away near India gate
Its of course not without its seedy side, you saw poverty lining the footpaths, some had built little shelters and had fires going. We arrive at Qutb Minar Complex which dates back to Islamic rule back in the 12th century. It was 25 rupees to get in and I hadn't look at my notes properly and gave them 25 US dollars ! I loved their honesty they just laughed and gave it me back. The complex was lovely and well woth a visit, the stone architecture was just so intricatley carved, I loved it. It was a pleasure wondering amongst the old ruins and so peaceful. I was standing near a tree when I saw squirrels, they were around the same size of the European squirrel but these ones had stripes and not such a bushy tail, they were real cute and they were everywhere.
Guy selling flutes near India gate
Last stop was Safdarjang's tomb which resembled a mini Taj Mahal, it is one of the last examples of Mughal architecture and was built by the nawab of Avadh for his father. The tomb was minus the crowds so it was a pleasure to wonder around. Finally we were dropped off at Conaught place, 3 of us decided to head to the first restaurant and get a drink and something to eat. We ended up in Zen's but not before we were sidetracked by a young teenage boy who just wanted to help us find our way. He said he was a student and he didn't need money ! we ended up in a travel agent as we wanted a map, we got the map and the student was still hanging around so we politely told him to buggar off. So to Zens and after a couple of Kingfishers we braved the Tuk Tuk back to the hotel which was great fun. Back at the hotel I met my room mate for the trip her name was Sandra from Switzerland and she was the same age as me which made me feel better ! I also met the rest of the group which arrived that day so there is now 14 of us and that night we all went out to a local restaurant in Karol Bagh
for dinner, very nice restaurant but I had Delhi Belhi that night so got about 2 hours sleep !
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