We spent three days in Delhi from 16th September to 18th September 2012 and this marked the start of our India trip.
We arrived at our guesthouse (New King Hotel) in the Pahar Ganj area of Delhi at 2am in the morning and first impressions of the area were not good. There were open drains, litter everywhere, people sleeping rough in shop doorways, and as it had recently just rained the streets were muddy (and we were wearing flip flops). We both looked at each other like ‘where have we come to!?’
The next morning, in the light of day, the area didn’t look so bad as everything had sprung to life and there were market sellers lining the streets. However, the area was still pretty poor.
It look us about an hour to check in to our hotel in the morning as they had to photocopy our passports and then had to copy down every detail of our passport. Then the owner proceeded to try and sell us train tickets and told us that the train we had booked to Jaisalmer did not exist. When he realised that we weren’t interested and did not believe him, he seemed to turn funny with us and would not give us a map or any directions.
We headed out without a map or directions, and as we looked lost this caused people to come and hassle us, asking where we were going and trying to direct us to their shops. We kept walking and reached the metro and got on the metro to “Noida” which is mean’t to be the new city centre. Despite this stop being the “city centre” I don’t recommend that anyone does this as there is nothing there to see – we simply got straight back on the metro.
We decided to head back to our guesthouse and look on the internet to find a map and figure out where we were. Once we had done that then Delhi was pretty easy to navigate, but we were annoyed at the hotel owner for not being more helpful with directions.
That afternoon we got on the metro to Chandi Chowk and walked to the Red Fort. This was a large impressive red sandstone fort and inside were an array of different buildings and gardens.
That night for dinner we eat in a restaurant in Pahar Ganj called Tadka, and we each had a Thali (traditional Indian vegetarian dish).
The next day we visited Humayun’s Tomb (40 rupee rickshaw ride away from JLN Stadium metro stop). This is nick named “mini taj” as it looks just like the Taj Mahal, just smaller.
We then took a rickshaw to Delhi Zoo which was only a short ride away and cost approx 30 rupees.
We paid 100 rupees each for the zoo (just over £1!) and saw a white tiger, deer, rhino’s and elephants. A lot of the enclosures seemed to be empty, but it was ok value considering how much we paid to get in.
That evening we eat in a local cafe down a side street in Pahar Ganj and paid £2 for two meals and two drinks (plus a tip!).
The third day in Delhi was a write off as we spent most of it in a tour office being sold a scam tour. Please see my post on this here.