|I arrived here in Delhi about 2am and given the famous Delhi traffic it took me an hour to get to the hotel which was only 20km away. I really didn't get to see much though given it was all dark..
At the hotel they only had suites left so I took one of those without any complaints!
After waking up late this morning and going to a pre-tour meeting where I met the other 8 people on my trip and the tour leader Rudi, I headed out with my new roomie, Sandy, for a look at Old Delhi. From the moment I left the hotel I loved everything I saw everywhere I went. India is an amazing place so vibrant and alive. Its a cacophony of sights, sounds and smells like I have never experienced before.
I went first to the Red Fort by tuk tuk for 30rupees (1 AU$) and then wandered around the streets and ended up at the Jama Masjid which is the largest muslim mosque in India. I had to pay 200R to be able to take my camera in and then when I wanted walk up the tower I was told that I would have to pay for a man to go with me because single girls can't go up there. I just couldn't bring myself to do it though! I spent a few hours just walking the streets and absorbing as much as I could of this incredible place, it has so much character. I can see why so many people told me that I'd either love it or hate it, and love it I do!
AND the most exciting thing is that for the first time ever I am surrounded by people who look like me!! It almost felt a little bit like a homecoming of sorts. I know I still look like a foreign tourist but people still recognise me as Indian and even try talking to me in Hindi (which gets them nowhere.)
Its much colder here than I thought it would be, about 13C last night and not much over 20C today so I'm regretting posting home all my warm stuff. Its only going to get colder as I head north and especially by the time I get to Nepal in a couple of weeks.