the very quick first night in new delhi

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trip buddy, miss r
16th: we left singapore at 11 am and arrived in new delhi at about 9pm (india time is about 2.5 hours behind singapore). the plane made a quick stopover in bangkok to take in some more passengers. me and my tripmates, chilli a and miss r slept through that stop, waking up only when the flight attendants would hand out food (the goat cheese!).

you'd think we'd be cranky from that long flight. hardly. we were met at the airport by our first guide, basheer and driver (and would-be constant companion throughout the trip), santosh. with leis. now that's a warm welcome.

in the car, basheer briefed us on our itinerary. and made small talk about new delhi. my first impression: new delhi is like manila. there was traffic, major construction of flyovers and highways, street peddlers, lots of motorcycles, and crazy drivers.
tripmate planisphere
first stop, dinner. we expected nan bread and chapatti, chicken biryani, all those indian food, but were amused when we went into a chinese restaurant. i guess they didn't want us to go into immediate culture shock.

on the way to the hotel, we passed by several office buildings, residential areas and the india gate. this big structure consist of about 41,000 names of indian soldiers who died in the first world war. around it is a picnic area where the locals hang out. think rizal park on sundays.

we got off the car to take pictures, and went closer to the gate. curious locals, mostly children, surrounded us. it was about 11 pm when we reached the hotel. that's 1am singapore time. we were exhausted from the flight, but were excited for the next day. there was more to come...
aysrandrup says:
uy! sino nagrecommend..thanks!
Posted on: Mar 05, 2008
lauro says:
may nag rekomenda eh :D hahahaa
Posted on: Feb 19, 2008
jennethm says:
cute blog.. and cute pic ni Apo :D
Posted on: Feb 13, 2008
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trip buddy, miss r
trip buddy, miss r
tripmate planisphere
tripmate planisphere
pretty girls in colorful garb
pretty girls in colorful garb
india gate
india gate
kids!
kids!
with our guide, basheer
with our guide, basheer
waiting at the airport
waiting at the airport
what we need to get around
what we need to get around
New Delhi
photo by: peeyushmalhotra