An unpleasant incident
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Today I had a set plan of the sites I wanted to see in Delhi -I would walk through the market on the other side of Connaught Place to India Gate , then catch a cab to the Lotus Temple in the south of the city , then catch another cab to the Red Fort before walking back to my hotel no doubt completely exhausted. At the market I bought bangles for myself and for Kerry back home, then walked on to the India Gate. Once there I was taking photos and became aware of a small crowd of people all staring at me. Why? I have no idea! Walking on, I went in search of an autoricksaw to take me to the Lotus Temple. I took a while to get one for the price I wanted but I got there - I'm starting to get the hang of India! At the temple I was immediately accosted by a middle-aged taxi driver who had the bluest eyes I'd ever seen.
As promised, he was waiting for me after I had looked around the temple, but before we set off we had to go through 20 minutes of him trying to sell me a day trip of sightseeing around the city. I FINALLY managed to convince him that I only wanted to go to the red fort so we went about 100 metres up the road before he pulled over and started at me again about just popping into a shop before we went to the fort. After another 10 minutes of argueing he gave in and carried on towards the fort. About halfway there we hit traffic, and the driver turned around to give it to me straight.
Later that evening I decided to eat at the United Coffee House in Cannaught Place that I had eaten at 2 days before, so I set off on the 10 minute walk.
I took a rickshaw home as I was too afraid to walk it, and once safely back in my room with time to think I decided that despite India having totally gotten the better of me (remember the hysterical crying incident in Mumbai?!), I would never forgive myself If I gave up so close to home. I would drag my miserable arse to Goa have a crappy time to a week and return to England having completed the whole trip!