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It had taken some rather drastic measures to get to sleep, including moving the loudly ticking clock to the bathroom and unplugging the humming refrigerator. But there's no real way to silence
Breakfast at the Grand Park Inn was more like a family gathering with the hotel guests sitting at a 10 person table and ordering their choices of breakfast.
After breakfast I met Arpan, the local tour agency's representative in the lobby and he gave me an excellent explanation of the journey's schedule. He also confirmed that we would be able to visit Lumbini in
While we waited for Kimi to arrive for today's tour we tried to get some cash at a nearby ATM but did not succeed. The machine kept giving us strange messages but no cash whatsoever.
This was Bart's first experience with
Kimi arrived around and first took us to
Unlike my previous visit to the mosque we now had time enough to climb one of the tall minarets, enabling us to look out over the city, although the hazy morning sky didn't make far views possible today. The climb up the narrow and dark winding stairway was a bit of an adventure in itself though.
When we got back to the car park we found that Kimi had car trouble. He couldn't get the car started and after some colleagues had pushed it to a start he suggested to hand us over to another driver while he got the car fixed. After all, we should avoid troubles like these on the highway to Jaipur tomorrow. We made a quick stop at the Red Fort, enabling Bart so take a quick look at Lahore Gate and proceeded to Humayun's Tomb, where he handed us over to the other driver, Jarnail.
While Jarnail waited we entered the well maintained gardens around Humayun's Tomb. What a lovely haven of tranquillity this was compared to Old Delhi we had just left. We first took a look at the tomb of Iza Khan, a court noble who built it in his own lifetime, 20 years before Humayun's tomb. He might have been earlier but his tomb didn't even come near the splendour of the tomb of Humayun, the second Mughal emperor.
After grabbing a coke and a bag of Masala chips we met Jarnail at the parking lot and he brought us to a recommended restaurant for lunch. This turned out to be a familiar spot: the same Vizmal restaurant I had enjoyed lunch at in August. I knew that the food was very good here, so well worth the (rather long) wait before we got a table, but the prices at this place are also ridiculously elevated. You could probably eat three times at a simpler restaurant for the same money. Also, we didn't come near to finishing our rice, aloo and paneer palak. Maybe we should have skipped that bag of chips ...
The next stop was the Baha'i House of Worship, also known as the
After a quick stop at India Gate, which I had already seen in August we asked Jarnail to drop us off at the big circular shopping area of
After Bart had slept for at least an hour and I had worked on my travel blog it was time to get something to eat. Since we were in the Karol Bagh area I thought it was a good idea to have dinner at Spicy By Nature, where I had eaten several times in August. Not knowing our way around the maze that is Karol Bagh it took quite some asking around and looking for a few known hotels as starting point of navigation before we found the restaurant. Food was splendid though and the staff was a lot better at handling a company of two than the sixteen of us in August. Rice, naan, paneer, raita’s and chicken tikka masala were served, but I decided to stick with he veggie food again, just to be on the safe side. After a quick stop at the hotel we went to a nearby Cyber café to upload the blog and check our mails. And by then it was time to get some well deserved rest …