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Cute! Chipmunks

There are 11 others on our tour and the make up is 2 from the USA, 2 South Africans, 2 Scots, 5 English and us two from Australia.  Atul is our guide and is a youngish man who seems very shy.  The tipping pool is discussed and many are not expecting this and we have not seen it in our literature but know how it works from the Egypt tour and think it is a good idea.  Confusion reigns as there are some who have booked from the old brochure and some from the new and there was a price change for the new with entry fees being extra for them.

Our local guide for Delhi is a middle aged woman and she joins us for the day to show us around.  We board a smallish bus which looks to be quite old fashioned but in immaculate condition.  The front section has a glassed off area for the driver and his sidekick, we have individual fans attatched to above the windows and the curtains are drawn to keep the heat out while they wait for us.

The site of Gandi's cremation
  We are taken to the Bristish sector, shown the walled sections, fort, monuments and it is a humid 40oC.  Old Delhi is a 17th century walled city of Shahjahanabad and was the capital of muslim India between the 17th and 19th centuries.  Narrow alleyways, bazaars, mosques, monuments, forts, you name it, it is there.  As it is Sunday the streets are less crowded than usual but to us it is bedlam.  The Red Fort has 2 kms of walls and built between 1638 and 1648.  Jama Masjid is the largest mosque in India.  Raj Ghat - the cremation place of Mahatma Gandhi after his assasination.  On to New Delhi and Rajpath - a broad boulevade with ornemental ponds.  India Gate - the Arch of Triumph just like the Arc de Triumph. 

In the evening we are bussed to a restaurant for the Namaste (welcome) Dinner, an Indian buffet.  The restaurant is quirky with tables made from a four poster bed amongst other things.  Home to bed and make sure our backpacks are ready for tomorrow's departure as we are again leaving our suitcases in storage for the next week.

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Cute!  Chipmunks
Cute! Chipmunks
The site of Gandis cremation
The site of Gandi's cremation
was this Indias largest mosque?
was this India's largest mosque?
The stone work
The stone work
the cool stone walks
the cool stone walks
New Delhi
photo by: peeyushmalhotra