Seeing Delhi

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Our time in Delhi included staying at the 5 star Ashok Hotel.  The price of the hotel didn't equal the services and comfort of stay.  The rooms were very old and outdated and the cost was roughly $300 USD per night.  On the first day, a friend was using the hotel hair dryer only to have sparks streaming from the cord and flames following.  It turned out that the wiring was bad on the unit and we avoided a potentially hazardous condition.  Other friends stayed at the less expensive Intercontintal Hotel which was a much nicer and more modern facility.

I was in Delhi for a conference but also spent time for vacation.  It was great to get a local taste of the culture as our Indian hosts had authentic dancers and musicians at the evening events we attended.

  The shopping and markets are really the only place to find souvenirs and gifts.  Although I didn't visit any, there are a few modern shopping malls but considered to be rather expensive.  We wanted to experience the local living so we hired a driver to take us to various markets.  A market, the Connaught Place is one we wanted to visit but our driver wouldn't take us there as an explosion a few weeks earlier had closed a part of the market and he didn't want us to risk our time there.  We found the Sarojini Nagar market to fulfill our shopping needs...including a friend that purchased two handsewn tailored shirts.  The staff took measurements on the spot and immediately started to cut the material and make the shirts.  The two shirts were delivered complete within 24 hours to our hotel room.  And the cost was less expensive than if he were to buy the two shirts at the mall.

Another inexpensive form of transportation is buy hiring a TukTuk driver...however, this is also a somewhat dangerous form of transportation.  A TukTuk is a open air taxi...interesting that the drivers would only allow 2 of us at a time for transportation purposes yet the locals would pack 10 or more in their TukTuk.  We didn't really care as it still was a very inexpensive way to motor around town.

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Frontier Disco at the Ashok Hotel
Frontier Disco at the Ashok Hotel
The Ashok Hotel Garden
The Ashok Hotel Garden
The Ashok Hotel
The Ashok Hotel
Friends viewing carpets at a local…
Friends viewing carpets at a loca…
The best part of market shopping..…
The best part of market shopping.…
Typical municipal transportation..…
Typical municipal transportation.…
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The sign is only a suggesion...no…
Typical traffic
Typical traffic
A traditional Indian wedding
A traditional Indian wedding
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Another view of the traditional I…
Colorful design for an Indian wedd…
Colorful design for an Indian wed…
Another design for an Indian weddi…
Another design for an Indian wedd…
The pool of the Ashok Hotel
The pool of the Ashok Hotel
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Another pool view at the Ashok Ho…
Indoor wedding entrance
Indoor wedding entrance
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Soooo many choices to make when i…
Colorful fabric in a local market
Colorful fabric in a local market
With friends at a formal Gala
With friends at a formal Gala
Local Delhi dancer
Local Delhi dancer
A groups of dancing girls greeted …
A groups of dancing girls greeted…
Local Delhi musician
Local Delhi musician
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Having fun with friends from Germ…
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Celebrating with friends from Tun…
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Being entertained by Tunisia
More dancing from Tunisia
More dancing from Tunisia
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Me with Garrett Graveson, one of …
Memorial to Mahatma Ghandi
Memorial to Mahatma Ghandi
Mahatma Ghandi Memorial
Mahatma Ghandi Memorial
Entrance to Mahatma Ghandi Memorial
Entrance to Mahatma Ghandi Memorial
Ghandi Memorial Garden
Ghandi Memorial Garden
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Entrance gate to the Mahatma Ghan…
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Mahatma Ghandi quote
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Shoe storage as you must be baref…
Overview of the Memorial to Mahatm…
Overview of the Memorial to Mahat…
Signage for Mahatma Ghandi Memorial
Signage for Mahatma Ghandi Memorial
Full view of Mahatma Ghandi Memori…
Full view of Mahatma Ghandi Memor…
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Another view of the streets of De…
A view of India Parliament
A view of India Parliament
Another Parliament view
Another Parliament view
Entrance to Indian Parliament
Entrance to Indian Parliament
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Entertainment from a Japanese Lio…
Old Delhi
Old Delhi
Old Delhi
Old Delhi
Old Delhi
Old Delhi
Old Delhi
Old Delhi
Qutab Minar Victory Tower in Old D…
Qutab Minar Victory Tower in Old …
Old Delhi
Old Delhi
Anti-Terrorism banner in downtown …
Anti-Terrorism banner in downtown…
An Indian sculpture
An Indian sculpture
An Indian sculpture in the lobby o…
An Indian sculpture in the lobby …
Red Fort in Delhi
Red Fort in Delhi
Red Fort in Delhi
Red Fort in Delhi
Indian Parliament
Indian Parliament
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Ornate gate at entrance of Parlia…
Gateway to Indian Parliament
Gateway to Indian Parliament
Parliament Gate
Parliament Gate
Old Delhi
Old Delhi
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"stop"
India Gate
India Gate
India Gate War Memorial
India Gate War Memorial
View from India Gate
View from India Gate
Typical street vendors following m…
Typical street vendors following …
Partying with Korea
Partying with Korea
More friends from Korea
More friends from Korea
Lobby of the Intercontinental Hotel
Lobby of the Intercontinental Hotel
Shoe boxes for barefoot entrance t…
Shoe boxes for barefoot entrance …
Mahatma Ghandi Memorial
Mahatma Ghandi Memorial
Overview of the Mahatma Ghandi Mem…
Overview of the Mahatma Ghandi Me…
Entrance Gate to the Mahatma Ghand…
Entrance Gate to the Mahatma Ghan…
Garden at the Mahatma Ghandi Memor…
Garden at the Mahatma Ghandi Memo…
Entrance Gate to Mahatma Ghandi Me…
Entrance Gate to Mahatma Ghandi M…
Signage for Mahatma Ghandi Memorial
Signage for Mahatma Ghandi Memorial
Bridge view of Mahatma Ghandi Memo…
Bridge view of Mahatma Ghandi Mem…
Another India Gate View
Another India Gate View
Colorful view of India Gate
Colorful view of India Gate
New Delhi
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