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Photos of Delhi

Patricia with her very first cow in Delhi--the novelty wore off very soon.
December 18th: Woke up at 8 AM. Feeling pretty good. Beds are the only thing the Imperial could improve upon. I think Gandhi designed these. Great buffet breakfast and our guide and driver met us in the lobby. Great. I just discovered my computer cord doesn't work. Damn. No computer. Oh, well. (Note the cow in the picture. It was my "first" cow in India. 20,000 cows later, they weren't so interesting)

This morning we toured Old Delhi. We took a tour of Old Delhi in a cycle rickshaw. What a human and animal festival. Vegetable sellers, book sellers, cows, bullock carts, cars, buses--all in narrow streets with blaring horns as the unifying element. Our poor rickshaw driver is working hard as he has the two of us plus the guide riding on the back. He has been asked to peddle slowly so we can see the sites. We visit the memorial for Mahatma Gandhi, the mausoleum of the Mughal Emperor Humayun, the Qutab Minar, and the British-built President's house, Parliament and Secretariat buildings. Our first impressions of Delhi are not particularly favorable.

It is smoggy, poluted and incredibly noisy. Beggars everywhere. However, we are jet lagged and did not have a great guide (our original guide got sick and we had a last minute substitute). We will save our opinion for our return. Tonight we have dinner at the "Spice Route" restaurant at the Imperial. Wonderful food, but very pricey.
Permalink | Posted by Patricia Pomerleau on Sunday, January 22, 2006