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Susan & Verronica’s Travel Diary

Friday, 09 Jun 2006

Location: Delhi, India

MapArrived in Delhi late on Friday night. Despite following all the advice re prepaid taxis we still managed to get caught up in a popular scam they have here. Basically they tell you that they can't find your hotel, take you to a travel agent (ok so alarm bells should have started ringing about now - don't know many travel agents open past midnight) who tries to call your hotel and the person on the other end says that your hotel room has been given away. All in the hope that you take a hotel room with them!!!

Luckily we were wise to their trickery and insisted they take us to the hotel!!!

After sleeping in until 2pm we decided it was time to head to see some of the sights of Delhi. 1st stop was Hayuman's tomb only a short walk away from the hotel. This tomb was built a few years before the Taj and it was on this tomb that the design of the Taj was based. It was v pretty and needless to say a good start to our tour of India.

After this we caught an autorickshaw to Defence Colony to visit a restaurant which was recommended to us by the hotel owner. Unfortunately, when we got there it turned out that the rickshaw driver had dropped us at New Friends Colony (only a few kms from Discovery Colony). Fortunately, it was a fairly nice area and we found a lovely restaurant called Moksha. This was our first taste of authentic indian food. Considering our dislike for spicy food we did well. We both enjoyed it and it only cost about a tenner for the two of us.

On Sunday we had arranged to be picked up by an autorickshaw driver called Mr Raju. For Rs500 (about 4GBP) he was to be our driver for the day (or for as long as we could stand the heat!) We went to the Red Fort, a huge mosque, Raj Ghat (gardens where Gandhi was cremated), Birla temple (Hindu temple) and we did a bit of shopping.

Sunday night we went for drinks and nibbles at a posh club which has a 30 year waiting list and the Indian Prime Minister is a member (he wasn't there at the time). Another example of the huge divide between the rich and poor.

Monday we got picked up by Mr Raju again but this time we went round New Delhi. We went to Lodhi gardens (pretty gardens in a rich area in memory of King Lodhi), Qutb Minar (early Mughal buildings - observatory, school, temples), Janta Mantra (ancient astronomical instruments) and more shopping (we'll be sending home our purchases soon!)

That night (12 June) we got the train to Agra - eager to see the Taj Mahal!!! :-)