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meghan Delhi - A travel report by Meghan
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Delhi - an amazing experience

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Many first time visitors to Delhi just see the City as a seething mass of chaotic madness and plenty don't give it a fair chance. This is really unfortunate because if you are willing to jump in headfirst you will appreciate that Delhi is truly amazing.

New Delhi has great character it is spread out and modern. When in New Delhi it is great to spend a leisurely few days walking around exploring the main sites. It's also great to bargain with a rickshaw Driver to drive you around the city for a few hours and just sit back and watch as everyday Delhi life wizzes by - you can never grow tired of it. Old Delhi is entirely different. Spend hours wandering through the tiny alleyways and bazzars soaking up the layers of history. I guarantee that I have left out a million other places to see so I have two recommendations for you - (1) Go and explore the city and fall in love with Delhi for yourself and (2) Please take a diary of all your adventures so that a few months down the track you are not sitting here like me trying to remember all those fantastic places you went to!!

Favourite spots:
New Delhi: Connaught Place (CP) is the main business/shopping/
tourist hub where you can find everything you need. Lodhi gardens are great to relax in on a hot dusty day. Humayans tomb is impressive and very interesting. To get away from the city chaos head out to the Rajpath area where you find the Presidents house and the parliament buildings. It is set out in a huge opened landscaped area of calm. Old Delhi: In Old Delhi you must go to the impressive Jama Masjid mosque. I think it is the largest Mosque in India. I also recommend the Red Fort. The Ghandi Memorial is also very interesting. And you can't miss the Chandni Chowk Bazzar.

What's really great:
I think the most special part about Delhi is when you get to meet some of the 14 or so million individuals that make the city so great. They each have a smile for you, a story to tell, some have a rupee or two to make from you and many are destined to be your instant friends for life! The converstaions you have are priceless! (If you like cricket you'll be in your element). Oh and I can't forget to mention the food! Ah, India. A vegetarians paradise! The huge amount of food I consumed bordered on the ridiculous! And the indian sweets - gulab jamun, rasugulla, barfi, jalebis... the list goes on and the level of deliciousness is indescribable!

I stayed in the Karol Bagh area of New Delhi which was fine. There are a few budget hotels and also markets to wander through. It's in close proximity to Connaught Place.

Other recommendations:
Recommendations: Shed those Western Hangups with stress, personal space, sanitization, time obsession and organization. Chill out, have a laugh, make new friends and experience Delhi for exactly what it is - Amazing!

Published on Thursday August 19th, 2004

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Sun, Jun 05 2005 - 03:00 AM rating by kandath

Very nice report, redable, attractive and simple. Why did'nt u do one on Kochi?
Kris Kandath

Mon, Dec 06 2004 - 08:35 AM rating by victorsglobe

Nice report! Loved the town, got sick from the jalebis (for some reason)! The "chaotic madness" one experiences in Delhi the first time soon melts as you explore the REAL "chaotic madness" of other cities. One longs for the enchanting calmness of Delhi after places like Calcutta (which I loved more)!!

Always bring a journal and no matter how difficult it is to find somewhere to sit in isolation, WRITE! I found the long train rides between cities to be excellent times for contemplation and writing.

Thanks for rekindling some found memories!

Fri, Aug 20 2004 - 03:06 AM rating by ravinderkumarsi

nice to read ur report abt delhi..though i stayed many times in delhi ,u praised it a lot,but i want to say one thing meghan that you have to bit careful with people as you will find all kinds of people there ,and i dont want that any one should have a bad experience one have to be bit careful at delhi...i expect more from you meghan..ravi

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