India Gate and the Delhi Metro Rail
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Delhi is an amazing city. The description from the lonely planet web page fits it well, “Delhi – with its tenacious touts and crush of mechanical and human traffic – can be downright confronting and confounding for the first-time visitor.” There are obvious socio-economic differences between the place tourist goes to (around Connaught Place) and the district I am working in (Pitumpura, which is a funny name because it sounds like P + tempura in Japanese). After working in the downtown district for a week or so, I got a chance to explore the touristy places, which is I find surprisingly surreal.
"If you've never been to the India Gate, you've never truely been to New Delhi," this is what my Indian colleague told me at work a week before I planned to go to the India Gate.
Anyhow, to prove that I was a better tourist than my Indian colleague, I took a day trip to the India Gate and the nearby tourist circle (Connaught place). It was nice to get out of work from the Pitumpura region and experience India as a full-time tourist. The tourist circle has a totally different feel compared to the old delhi: roads are less bumpy, streets are more organised, more flashy cars around, people are more tourist-welcoming. I was not surprised to see much higher prices in the tourist area, and definitely not surprised when numerous Indian salesman bombarded me with their fluent Korean, Japanese, Mandarin, Cantonese, etc trying to sell me stuff. The tourist experience was generally pleasant, without much effort to figure out directions and finding a decent place to eat.
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