Dilly-dallying in Delhi

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UNESCO site, Red Fort Delhi

After my underwhelming experience sightseeing in Chennai, I got myself back to the airport (by train of course!) only to find that my flight to Delhi had been delayed.  In the end, it was late by about and hour and fifteen minutes, so by the time we made it to Delhi it was already 4.45pm.  I had pre-booked my bed at Nirvana Hostel (at a pricey INR700 per night/£10/$15) and part of their service was an airport pick-up, for which I was grateful.  There wasn't as much hassle from touts as I had expected outside the terminal, but it was nice to avoid any problems.  Amit picked me up in a little  Suzuki van and after half an hour or winding through traffic, we arrived at the hostel.

The huge queue, glad I wasn't a local
  And what a lovely little place!! There aren't many genuine backpacker hostels in India, so I was hoping this place would live up my expectations.

I was greeted by the enthusiastic Sunny, who checked me in and gave a very thorough and friendly welcome....welcome to Delhi!  As it was late, I just took advantage of the free included rice dinner and got chatting to Andy (UK), Yve (Holland), Birgit (Germany) and Adam (Canada) who had also arrived today.  Everyone was up for some sightseeing, so that was our plan set for tomorrow...

The hostel is quite far (18km) from the centre of Delhi, so its a bit of a mission to get into the centre.  Buses didn't seem a viable option, but with a few of us, a tuk-tuk or two didn't work out to much (INR150 per tuk-tuk).  We headed straight for the Red Fort at the northern end of the city centre, near the old town.

The thronging masses of Old Delhi from the mosque
  The fort is massive, and the queues outside were equally as large. As compensation for the fact that we have to pay INR 250 (GBP4/$6) as opposed the locals INR 10, foreigners get a separate queue, so we were at least glad for that.  Some of those locals were going to be there a long, long, long time...

We also took in some of Old Delhi, walking through the bazaars and visiting one of the major mosques, which had great views over the old town.  We chilled out back at the hostel and planned our trip to Amritsar - Andy, Yve and I couldn't get on the same train as the others, but we hoped we'd be able to catch them up along the way...

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UNESCO site, Red Fort Delhi
UNESCO site, Red Fort Delhi
The huge queue, glad I wasnt a lo…
The huge queue, glad I wasn't a l…
The thronging masses of Old Delhi …
The thronging masses of Old Delhi…
India Gate...mmm..very Arc de Trio…
India Gate...mmm..very Arc de Tri…
Looking for our train to Amritsar!
Looking for our train to Amritsar!
New Delhi
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