Arriving to Delhi

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We got to the airport and we got quite surprised, it was much better than we have ever expected. Everything well organized and clean! Once we went trough customs Jagdish, our guide was waiting for us with a big sign with our names on it. Anyhow he recognized us checking our photos in travbuddy and linkedIn! ☺

My friend Pepe and his girlfriend Cristina went to India some time ago and they recommended us to get in touch with their local guide. His name is Jagdish, and he organized everything for us except the flight to get there. By the way, our trip was supposed to be in November, but we had to postpone it to January. Guess the reason? Silvia got pregnant! Woohoooo! Yes, yes, we are expecting a baby ! Anyhow, Jagdish managed to change everything with no problems whatsoever.
He speaks Spanish perfectly well.

He took us to our hotel and gave us some hours to get some rest before visiting Delhi. We stayed at The Star Grand Villa hotel, which is located south of the city. I am attaching a review and some photos of it. At 4pm he came to pick us up and we first went to visit Bahá’í House of Worship. It reminded me to the Opera House in Sydney, amazing architecture! It is the latest of seven buildings raised in different parts of the world inviting people of all religions and races to worship the Creator of the Universe and to express the love between God and man.

The design of the Bahá’í is inspired by the lotus, the exquisitely beautiful flower and symbol of purity that is inseparably associated with religion in India.
It is surrounded by nine large pools, enhancing the beauty of the building. Right before you get in you have to take off your shoes, so take with you some thick sox.

The common characteristics of all seven Baha’I Houses of Worship is that they are all nine-sided. Nine is the highest digit symbolizes comprehensiveness, oneness and unity. Its construction began in 1980 and was inaugurated 6 years later. It has 27 petals made of white concrete and on the exterior they are clad in white Greek marble panels. The other Houses of Worship are located in Western Samoa, Australia, Uganda, Panama, Germany and USA. The Bahá’í Faith is an independent world religion, divine in origin, all-embracing in scope, broad in it outlook, scientific in its method, humanitarian in its principles and dynamic in the influence it exerts on the hearts and minds of men.

It is January and it was not sunny at all, so the floor was really cold! Inside you have to keep silence and you cannot take photographs. We spend half an hour visiting the place before we headed to the India´s Gate! The day was cold and cloudy, so our photos are not that great. Hopefully before we go back to Spain we have the chance to go back there and take some nice pics.

After visiting the India’s Gate Jagdish left us at Connaught Place. It is quite peculiar, as everything is around a big circle. There you had most stores you find anywhere in Spain… Benetton, Reebok, Levi’s, and many others. We expected the weather to be warmer, so Silvia did not bring any warm clothes ☺ we ended buying a Benetton jumper ☺ Jagdish recommended us two restaurants and we ended up having dinner at the United Coffee House! I am attaching a review and some photos of what we ate! ☺

But the highlight of the day was our way back to the hotel.
We hired a local taxi and it was funny as hell. They are like a green-yellow motorcycle with two seats in the back. They are all opened up with no seatbelts or anything alike. Traffic is a real mess, nobody respects traffic signs and the roads are not in very good conditions. I believe its name is “tuc-tuc” (also auto ricksaw) and they run with compressed natural gas! Very ecological! It seems to be that if you go to a gas station you find a special place for them to refill their compressed natural gas tanks. What is very surprising is how they can manage not having millions of accidents! By the way, being from the Commonwealth, they drive in the left side of the road, so driving is even more confusing. I would never recommend anyone to rent a car in India ☺
Vikram says:
"What is very surprising is how they can manage not having millions of accidents! " - I think its' because we drive at relatively lower speeds?
Posted on: Feb 04, 2010
Vikram says:
Benetton is huge in India. Very huge. I live in Dallas but I always shop @ UCB because I love their clothes. And congrats to you and Silvia on the pregnancy!
Posted on: Feb 04, 2010
beau_bread says:
Hey congrats man :) you are gonna be dad :)
Posted on: Feb 04, 2010
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