Delhi from the outside
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Oh no... she's going to start off hacking that old cliche to death... 'India is a land of contrasts...'
Starting with the touristy bits: Very nice indeed, bright, clean, all set in beautiful and serene parks. The Baha'i temple (the lotus-leaf shaped building, looks like an inverted Sydney Opera House) is of particular note for its elegance and beauty. As is Raj Ghat, Gandhi's place of cremation, tended to by the faithful and those who worship the 'Father of the Nation'.
Then the non-touristy bits: Ye Gods, the filth. It's a city of inordinate dirt, poverty, insane traffic, pollution, flies, mosquitoes. But to so many this is Delhi: The reality. It's life on the streets, home to 11 million people and this is their Delhi.
We're staying in the Tibetan quarter which has the mercy of being well set back from the main road and therefore fairly peaceful. What struck me at first which I wasn't expecting from Delhi, was the number of Buddhist monks.
Yes - the cold, it's about 24C in the day which is fine but at night the temperature drops to around 5 or 6C. We were not expecting this! I thought I would be using my socks simply to stop mosquitoes biting my toes, not to keep my feet warm!
So today, on to a city which our Indian friend said 'makes Delhi look like a village' - Mumbai. Or Bombay. Whichever one we say, we get corrected! I think this will be fun, we are staying much closer to the centre of the city which is likely to mean more noise and pollution but I think I can live with that for sake of being within walking distance of the centre. The Times of India says that it's 34C in the shade in Mumbai - the weather will be more like we were expecting!
Claire and Chris xx