November 19th, 2007 – by: skippyed
Karol Bagh market
Today was my last in Delhi and even though I had enjoyed my trip, I was very much looking forward to going home. My health was very much on the decline with a persistent cough and a growing lung infection; home is where I needed to be. I decided to sleep in this morning and not go to breakfast with the rest of the group. My time with the group was over and I now wanted my own space so I planned my day just for me. When I eventually did get up I wondered down to a cafe on the street corner to grab some breakfast. 19 days ago I thought twice about stepping out into the streets by myself but now I was confident to take on India by myself! After breakfast I wondered back to my room, packed my bags and said goodbye to some of the group that were heading off early, and then wondered down to Karol Bagh market.
I was yet to still find my hubby a present, he wanted a T shirt with a print of the Indian beer logo, but it was a hard task trying to find one. My first stop was a shoe stall and I spent a good half hour with the salesman, tried on about 20 pairs of sandals! Bought three pairs and got a cup of chai as well. I then wondered down the street through the never ending market. I was loving it, I think I was the only westerner and it was the most hassle free market I’ve ever been too. Most of the wares were targeted for the locals so a tourist T shirt was out of the question. I stopped at a stall that had cushion covers, I asked how much for two that were of different patterns but he tells me he only sells them in packs of 5. I couldn’t convince him I wanted one of each pattern for 300 rupees so I moved on. 5 minutes later he caught up with me having run all the way from his stall and said I could have them for 300 rupees so I gave him an extra 50 for the effort! Later I found the same cushion covers in my local shopping centre at home for AUS$12 each! Having walked from one end of the market to the other which felt like kilometres I caught the metro back to Connaught place where I had lunch at a nice restaurant called Zen’s. No sooner had I left the restaurant that I darted into Pizza Hut as Delhi belly struck! I guess the curry I had was a little too spicy. I was getting tired of wondering around trying to find a T shirt then suddenly a shop! I think the only shop that sold T shirts in the entire city! I spotted a T shirt for hubby, purchased and headed back to Karol Bagh. The rest of the afternoon I rested until it was time to head to the airport.
Anyone for a shave! Karol Bagh