Arrival into Delhi
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Delhi is certainly a culture shock when coming straight from Guildford. We arrived early morning just as everything was kicking off and were instantly offered a ride in a taxi "straight to the hotel door". Wahay! Instead of our hotel, we arrived at a travel agent masquerading as a tourist office where they tried to convince us that the hotel (we had booked and paid for) was full, and we should stay in one of their places. They even had us speak to our "hotel" on the phone - we asked "is this the hotel ajanta?" they replied "er yeah yeah yeah, we're full!" In the end we managed to get these guys to drop us at our hotel for a fairly reasonable price (the driver was quite malleable). Hotel Ajanta was really nice, just on the outskirts of Delhi travel guide">New Delhi going into Old Dehli.
Not having long in India, we decided to visit as many places in Delhi that we could. We grabbed an automated rickshaw dude and heated up to the Red Fort in Old Dehli - a great big fort where the Emperor used to live. This was quite an impressive place made from sandstone and looking very red! We decided after this to have some lunch and wandered through the street markets which are something else. People are selling anything - shoes in huge buckets (God help you find one that matches the one you pull out), electronic equipment from the 80s, there are guys wandering about with carts full of pineapple, coconuts, melons - none of which looks safe to eat but it's a spectacular sight (except for the guy shovelling goats heads into a big bucket). Wandering through the spices market we headed up to the Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India.
It was that evening that it happened - the inevitable dysentry kicks in. I don't reccommend it. When we felt well enough to leave the hotel again we took some rides around Connaught Place - this is the central business district of Delhi and reminds me of a huge coloseum with shops running right around the outside and a massive park in the middle. A good place to relax but unfortunately no toilets around that are near enough so back to the hotel. Quickly!