And I am already in love with India.
To be honest though, our first 24 hours didn’t go as smoothly as possible with an accommodation mix up. We are trying our first attempt at Air BnB – where locals rent out their spare rooms for a small fee. At two am this morning we arrived at the house and no one was answering. After ringing the buzzer for ages we decided to debunk to a hotel and try again in the morning. After a restless sleep we woke up to an email with more specific instructions and when we arrived at the house for the second time we realised we had beeen knocking on the wrong door. Silly us! Even though we were £70 out of pocket because of cab rides and hotel fees we were just glad to be settled somewhere.
Soon we were ready to head out and explore Delhi in the daylight so we wandered down to the road and jumped into rickshaw. This was a fun experience, driving in Delhi is manic especially as lanes, red lights and speed bumps all seem optional to drivers. We passed masive buses, lorrys with wildstock, pedestrians and motorbikes with girls in saris as we weaved in and out of the traffic. We arrived safely at the Khan market and all for about 80p – which is cheap for a thrill ride.
The Khan Market is more like a small shopping arcade that is full of a variety of different shops and is mostly frequented by the middle class. I was happily surprised that we didnt get hustled or touted and we could just wander around at our leisure. While I could have gone crazy buying scarves, jewellery and beaded shoes I managed not to spend all my rupees in one day. In the market there are plenty of places to eat but we visited the Big Turtle which is a bookshop and cafe. The cafe actually mostly sold western food but I was determined to have my first meal in India be an Indian one so opted for the Achaari Aloo which was spicy potatos and deep fried vegetarian patties. James opted for the pizza and we shared their gooey chocolate cake so overall our first meal was delicious.
Next on the to do list was the Lodi Gardens which I would probably describe as more of a park it was so big. We wandered around for about an hour taking in the flowered gardens, ruins of mosques and people watching. It was fun watching the couples hide away in corners, people dog walking and my favourite was the snari’s – women in sneakers and saris doing their daily exercise around the park.
After a day in the heat (a muggy 38 degrees) we were tired and exhausted so it was time to head home. It was into another rickshaw for an adventure ride home. This time wasnt so enjoyable as we had a bit of a crash with a car. Don’t worry Mum we are ok, we were only a minute and walking distance from home so we got out soon after and made our way on foot. The rickshaw caused more damage to the car then it did to us and it wasn’t our drivers fault so im still pretty confident in their driving and will jump in one again tomorrow when we go exploring!