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Taxi a la Delhi style
This was a nice place to have a rest period - after months of hard traveling and being on the road, sometimes you need to have a break, to relax and enjoy peace and quiet so where better to have this stop but India and when you think about India, the most sedate area you think of is, of course, New Delhi.

New Delhi, the capital city, home to 14 million inhabitants and I think having walked the streets and used the new Metro, I must have seen and met half of that number. India has changed little since I was last here in 2004, the sights of the city including the impressive India Gate, the smells of the streets (good food and bad urinals), the sounds of the horns blaring and the rickshaw drivers stopping asking you often “Namaste.
Mmm, warm milk on a hot day what could be more delicious?
You go Connaught Place? 10 Rupees”. India was familiar. It felt like I was home.

The Metro is a new system to this modern city, and incredibly easy to get around and cheap (average of 10 rupees for a one way journey which equates to $0.25 USD). Boards are written in Hindi and English, announcements are made in both languages, yet it was the air conditioning that made it so wonderful. While outside the air temperature was a balmy 45 degrees, inside was a cool sweat suppressing 20 degrees. But the disadvantage of air-conditioning is that you need to walk back outside into the heat and back into the mass of crowds and as the saying goes, if you can’t beat ‘em, join in. In order to get away from the heat and from the mass of people, we went to the movies.

Sitting in a movie theatre in India reminds me of my childhood - a time gone by with elaborate ticket booths, big cinemas with enveloping seats and intermission during the showing.
Who needs an electrician?
The difference to my childhood is the increased security - passing through metal detectors, being frisked and having my bag searched is somewhat foreign to me but I guess it goes with the territory - I was in a foreign country afterall.

Delhi is always fun to visit, but now with the Metro, it is even easier to get around and visit the sights like India Gate, Jantar Mantar, the Craft Museum and Connaught Place. I always enjoy my time here and the good food makes it a fantastic place to build up strength for the next part of the adventure - the Stans; Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and my newly named Iranistan. Yes, having a rest period is very important when traveling otherwise you feel forever on the move. So for a few days I will be here, at home in New Delhi with the new Metro, enjoying the air-conditioning.

Namaste from India
spocklogic says:
You make a joke I think calling New Delhi sedate. Yes, the smells are incredible there indeed - all kinds, good and bad. I attended a wedding there in 2009, wgich was an amazing extravaganza. There is so much to see there, and it merits a return visit definitely. The new metro does make it easy to get around too.
Posted on: Jan 08, 2011
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Taxi a la Delhi style
Taxi a la Delhi style
Mmm, warm milk on a hot day what c…
Mmm, warm milk on a hot day what …
Who needs an electrician?
Who needs an electrician?
Yes I can vouch for this store - i…
Yes I can vouch for this store - …
Look closely at the sign - this is…
Look closely at the sign - this i…
Me in front of the Qutab Minar Obs…
Me in front of the Qutab Minar Ob…
The New Delhi Metro and this wasn…
The New Delhi Metro and this wasn…
In front of the India Gate
In front of the India Gate
India Gate
India Gate
New Delhi
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