Delhi, India

Delhi, India

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, 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 🙂

IMG_0292 Dinner at the famous Bukhara restaurant located in the ITC Maurya Hotel.

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IMG_0645 The infiniti pool at our hotel – The Leela Palace New Delhi

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IMG_1128We visted a Hindu temple and these red dots were to bless us with prosperity.

IMG_1144Ghandi’s last footsteps on the day that he was assassinated. This memorial marks the place where the assassination took place.

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IMG_1154 The Red Fort. The residence of the Mughal emperor of India for nearly 200 years.

IMG_1160 The entrance way to Humayun’s tomb – the tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun.

IMG_1192Humayun’s Tomb is located inside, what is sometimes called, “The Baby Taj” which was built entirely with red sandstone.

IMG_1220Riding in these auto rickshaws were amazing. Definitely a huge part of experiencing India like a local!