Day 6: Jaipur to Delhi


Today started bright and early as we were getting on our flight for Delhi at 10:45. The sun was just rising as we went down for breakfast.

Sunrise in Jaipur from our room

We drove to the Jaipur Airport and was delighted with the ease and amenities at this airport. We were soon onboard and off to Delhi!

When we arrived, we were met by our guide, Hanuman and after a quick stop to check into our hotel we were off to explore!

Our journey took us through the 8th city, or the city that was designed and built under the British rule, known as New Delhi. By a dramatic contrast to many of the cities we had visited, this part of Delhi was dominated by wide boulevards and round about that even the traffic seemed to get a whole new sense of order!

Driving down a boulevard in New Delhi

On our drive through New Dehli we drove past the Victory Arch where the names of almost 75,000 Indian soldiers who died during the First World War were commemorated.

Victory Arch in New Delhi

Bit enough of the new, lets get to the old! Our next part of the trip was like going from the sublime to the ridiculous! Next stop; Old Delhi – which we were informed was the 6th city. This part of the City contains many great sites, the first of which we saw was the Jama Masjid – the largest Mosque in India holding a mind blowing 25,000 people for prayers!

Jama Masjid in Old Delhi

We walked around the Mosque to get into the old quarter on the hunt for some lunch and found “Karim’s”. This is a kebab place that was started by a chef from the Emperor’s palace after the British took over. Once the chef to the palace, he became the chef to the masses and to this day, his third generation has kept his recipes going and his business thriving. Check him out in “Street Eats-India” on Netflicks. (In Delhi, many people do not have a kitchen in their homes and depend on street food for their meals). Anyway, Dan and I decided to go for it, and it was amazing!!!

Kebabs being cooked
Mugali Mutton Kebabs – Amazing!

Next we were off to explore some of the back streets of the market area.

Whole areas devoted to used car parts!
Narrow streets
And narrower!
Interesting wiring in this old part of the city!!

The stores were colourful and plenty!

Sari’s and wedding dresses
Incredible fabric store!
…and more fun street food!

This part of the city was certainly a study in contrast; from the bleak grey and dirty buildings, to the colourful decorations in the street to celebrate Diwali.

Festive street with decorations that survived the fireworks last night!

We soon found ourselves in the spice market area of the old city!

Whole spices that can be mixed for you and ground. So fresh!
A happening place!
Even the cows can make a home here ( Although, they are not allowed in New Delhi!)
Colours and contrast!

Soon it was time to leave the market and head back to our car. But to get their, we needed to take a rickshaw! Our first one was a motorized type…and the ride was hair raising!

A Seek, and Hindi Temple together with a mosque truly typify this cosmopolitan city surrounded by a TukTuk traffic jam!

We got out of our ride just before meeting with our car and driver to have a view of the Red Fort. This was built by the first Mugal Emperor during a period that established the Old or 6th city.

Red Fort – Featuring the balcony from where the prime mister addresses the people every Independence Day

For our next adventure, the three of us got into a bicycle driven rickshaw. The poor sole that was peddling put everything he had into it! I told Dan and he was going to have to get out and trade places, but this dear man persevered on and delighted in the business!

Dan, Hanuman our guide, and I in the Rickshaw
Our amazing driver!

Once we got back to the car we drove to the huge park where Gandhi was cremated. A huge and beautifully manicured park with long pathways into the cremation site where the eternal flame burns and fresh flowers are laid everyday.

Gandhi’s cremation site

We then went to a last park area to visit the tombs of the first Mugal Emperor, whose wife actually commissioned the tomb after his death. Built on an expansive ground it is a very dominated edifice.

Humayun’s Tomb
Beautifully restored Isa Khan’s Tomb, built in the 16th century of Lodi era architecture.

At this point in the day it was time to head back to our hotel and get ourselves ready for the next part of our adventure. Tomorrow we travel to Nepal! See you then!

Categories: Himalayas: India, Nepal and Bhutan 2019

4 comments

  1. Your excellent travel Blog brings back memories! After visiting the Red Fort Hanna and I walked to the Jama Masjid and that was where she had her purse stolen out of her zipped up handbag! The markets and street food are amazing aren’t they! So pleased you are enjoying it all. Stay safe. Buen Camino! Love Alan

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  2. Looks like a photographers paradise for colour, contrasts, sites and activities. I know that Gwen will not go but maybe some day I will make it.

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