Saturday, February 4, 2012

Delhi - Old and New - Day 2

This afternoon we had a tour of old and new Delhi.  We drove around a lot, but then went to Chandni Chowk which is old Delhi at its craziest.  Before I came to India, Anj had told me not to go there by myself bc I could get mugged or hurt. O didn't think it was bad at all. It was chaos, but not bad like Anj made it out to be.

We took a rickshaw ride throughout the narrow streets of Chandni Chowk, riding thru shoe stalls, Saree stalls, etc. It was total chaos with people, rickshaws, motor bikes, mini trucks, bikes, and more all trying to get to one place. We sat in an an insane traffic jam for a long time bc no one would give way to someone else. It was insane. I wish I had my point and shoot on me to take a video of the chaos. Our guide, Puyash, said he's never seen anything like it before. Of course, bc we were tied up for so long we didn't get to go see the Red Fort. I'll have to go back to see it on the back end other trip.

We did a lot of driving today to and from our different stops. This afternoon, we went to see Humayun's Tomb, which was built in the 16th century and is seen as a precursor to the Taj Mahal. It is made of red sandstone and white marble and is really very beautiful, especially when the late day sun hits it.

Afterwards, we drove to India Gate, which is a war memorial to the 90,000 soldiers of the British Indian army in WWI, but also reminiscent of the famous arch in Paris.

Tonight there was a Hindu wedding celebration outside if out hotel. Several of us stopped to look and someone (family member or mother of the bride, maybe?) asked UA if we wanted to get closer and see the bride. She even offered to let us get a picture with the bride and groom, but we declined. Felt it was too intrusive. We gave her a congratulatory salutation and moved on. She was a beautiful bride.

Our first day was a very long day. Tomorrow starts even earlier as we continue to tour Delhi and then fly to Udaipur.

Chadni chowk
Rickshaw ride
nk it was that bad.
Guide says he never saw a traffic jam like it.

Indian army environmental and oxygen park

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