Delhi Day 4 – The start of the tour

I was the only one in our group to have breakfast on the street.  Why not?  It’s only R25 for an omelette, instead of R150 for the hotel breakfast.

Morning in Karol Bagh

 

Er . . rustic!

We left at the crack of 9.15 after much complaining from the others that they couldn’t carry their bags to the bus.  From there we went off on our adventure on the Metro!  Travelling like natives!  How exciting!

View from the metro platform

Our destination was Old Delhi, to look at the various houses of worship.  First we passed by a Hindu temple, then we went in to a Sikh Gurdwara.

Inside the gurdwara

Here they run a free kitchen for anyone that wants to eat, regardless of colour, caste, or creed.

We then walked up to the Jama Mosque.  There were about five other tour groups there at the same time, but the most crowded place was actually the road with all the buses.  If you aren’t wearing long trousers and sleeves then they put an overgarment on you.  Unless you’re a man, in which case you just get a wrap around at the waist.  If you’re a woman and are wearing long sleeves they will still probably put one on you anyway.

Inside the mosque you can’t take pictures unless you pay R200.  I wasn’t that impressed anyway.  It’s all red sandstone, and filled with people sleeping.

We left for Agra.  The trip took about 5 hours.  On the way out of Delhi we passed some Anna protesters.

The countryside was mostly paddocks, with some towns along the way.  Close to Agra we passed the cheap Taj.

Not quite as good as the original, but it's free!

We arrived at the Hotel Royal’e Residency (not a typo, that’s how they deal with the accent on the e) about 4.30.  I immediately took the opportunity for exercise.  Apparently noone runs in India, despite the popularity of hockey and cricket, both of which need running fitness.  That night we went to a schmancy restuarant for a buffet dinner (R250).

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s