Delhi was the second last stop of our trip. As the second most populous city in India, it is big, busy, loud, and intense. Quite the contrast as we were coming from the small and quiet city of Agra. Delhi was the only place where A and I experienced any type of scams or deceit – like being short-changed, constantly harassed to buy fraudulent things, and cab drivers taking us for the runaround.
It didn’t help that we were nearing the end of our trip and our patience was wearing thinner. Mostly because our train station incident had left a bad taste in our mouth. Don’t get me wrong though! Despite the few downsides, Delhi is still such a majestic city with so many wonderful things to offer. I think that every avid traveller should visit and experience this bustling place. Besides, good or bad, it’s all part of the unique travel experience that makes India so distinct.
We spent a day exploring Connaught Place – one of the largest financial, commercial and business centres in New Delhi. There were plenty of shopping and good eats that spanned about 20 blocks or so. On our second day, A organized a full-day tour to get all of the major sightseeing done. Unfortunately, for the tour, I forgot my camera in the hotel room, hence, the not-so-good quality of my photos. Nonetheless, we got to visit a bunch of sights from the Red Fort, a Hindu temple, Mahatma Gandhi’s memorial, The Lotus Temple, and Qutab Minar to getting a quick taste of both Old Delhi and New Delhi. Overall, it was an eventful couple of days that served its purpose – full of rich history and beautiful architecture. We also happened to stay at the same hotel as Madeleine Albright – the first woman Secretary of State that served in Bill Clinton’s administration. She was about three hotel rooms down from us and we had a few run-ins with her 🙂