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.
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!
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.
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!
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!!!
Next we were off to explore some of the back streets of the market area.
The stores were colourful and plenty!
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.
We soon found ourselves in the spice market area of the old city!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!