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June 29th, 2010 – by: Saskia007
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.
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.
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
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