Into Delhi and out again
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Flight BA0257 was fine and full. Terminal 5 had been huge, mostly empty and efficient. Immigration at Delhi was a 30 minute queue, and baggage a further 30 minutes, but changing money was straightforward, though it was 69 rupees to the pound, not the 85 we got last time. Getting an Indian SIM card was also easy - but why do they need copies of passport details, visa and a photograph? But it's 2 rupees a minute in India and 8 rupees a minute to England. That's rather better than the 140p a minute T Mobile roaming charge.
The Nesbitt family were really welcoming again, and we caught up on family news. Saturday, after watching Callum's football team win 3:2 we went to the spice market in Old Delhi. Though we knew what to expect, it was still quite a sight with the crowds, the traffic and the noise.
Monday, off to Varanasi on the overnight Shiv Ganga Express, first class. Departure time 6.30pm. We arrived at New Delhi Station about 5.00 to see a large orderly queue beside the train, already in platform 12.
There was no ticket check until we were well underway. In the meantime, the coffee wallah, soup wallah and tea wallah had been around twice, and the water and juice wallah once. We bought mango juice. Orders were taken for dinner - 32rps for a veg curry. A railway policeman came and asked us to read information about personal safety on trains, and then we had to sign a form, give an address and telephone number! The attendant came and made up the beds with Northern Railway sheets and blankets. The train slid through the night countryside, swaying us to fitful sleep. Arrival was 30 minutes late. We pushed and shoved through the crowd to get off the station, and then the taxi took us on the 20 minute ride to the hotel on Asi Ghat.