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Wacky races in Delhi

First few days in Delhi

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Oh my gosh, Delhi is an explosion of sensations!

The first thing that hits you is the heat, I arrived at 11am and it was already 37 degrees; with the past couple of days rising well up into the 40's. The next thing is the noise, everyone shouts, all cars, motor-bikes and auto-rickashaws honk their horns every two seconds, there is just a constant background noise of horns in this city. Everyone blasts the latest bollywood song out of their vehical, shop or house. The whole city appears to be a bit of a construction site, as it prepairs for the commonwealth games in Oct 2010, aiming to get much of the work completed before the summer monsoon. Then there are the mosques dotted all round the, which compete with one another for the loudest call to prayer. Followed by the smell, the spices of the street food, of animals on the roadside, of open latrines and pollution. Finally it's the sight of so much poverty juxterposed with the wealth of colour and jewellery. Compared to Slum Dog Millionaire, it doesn't actually look so bad, but there are a lot of temporary shacks up everywhere, children and disabled people begging. But then a second later you pass the women in their sari's full of colour- they are so beautiful.

Driving back to the hotel from the airport, well really racing back, competing in the final of Delhi Wacky races. With auto-rickashaws (india's answer to the tuk-tuk), cycle-rickashaws, motor-bikes, cars, buses and horse-drawn carts, racing along four vehicals wide in a two lane road, weaving in and out of lanes. I must say though that I have not (as of yet) witnessed one crash; saying that I've not yet seen a vehical free of scratches or dents.

Though I am pleased I've seen the city, I am eager for the tour to start. The city is very dirty, polluted and it feels unsafe. I have taken to paying for an auto-rickashaw to take me the distance of a five min walk, as I get followed and harrassed at every courner. There are no street signs here, and it is very easy to get lost- not the best idea when traveling as a loan western women. Even once I'm inside a 'tourist site' I get starred at, I have counted a total of eight white people in the entire time I've been here (excluding the plane). I am the only westerner at the hotel, only Chinese and Indian families are staying here, which I admit has made it kind of lonely.

Oh well, it's thrown me in at the deep end, which is always good, and I knew would be the case. Though it will be nice to have the security and company of a tour tomorrow.

xx

(P.S I'm annoyed at the election result!!! After working so hard in Hereford, I can't belive the Tory's got in. Oh well, could be worse, could have been a Tory out right win. It also means I'm able to miss the post-election squabbles)

Posted by skerrigan 18:27 Archived in India Tagged backpacking

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Have you pinched yourself yet!
Your finally there, all your hard work, late nights,early mornings,for this horizon!
close your eyes (when safe) and take in all those sounds and smalls take care love you

by mum

Hi glad to hear you have arrived safe and well. It sounds fascinating all that colour and noise hope your taking lots of photos! Sounds like it would be impossible to cross the roads! Is it expensive there? what about food are you living on currys ? Your not missing much at home only RAIN ! I will look forward to your up dates. Be careful and keep safe. Love Rosemary X X

by Rosemary Davis

Hey Sazzal!!

Sounds like a massive shock to the system! You've thrown your self fully in the deep end of Travelling! What a description of Delhi- I guarantee you will never forget those sounds or smells but you'll get some more tranquil ones I'm sure before you end your trip!

I hope you enjoy your tour sweetie! Can't wait to hear about the exotic locations.

Love you xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

by Nikki

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