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Delhi: Sense it!

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Wow what a first day in India!

In the morning I visited the old Mughal sites Qutib Minar & Jama Mosjid mosque, both resplendent in their red sandstone & white marble architecture.

After a butter chicken lunch I spent the afternoon wandering the chaotic streets of Old Delhi. Wow what an experience! You just needed to open your mind and open your senses and let Old Delhi slowly open up from the organised chaos that is occurring . The colours of the flowers and textiles at the wedding section, the smell and taste of the street food & the incense burning, the pepper in the air at the spice section irritating the nasal passages,, the sounds of the incessant honking and endless bargaining, the faces of the locals as old and withered as Delhi itself, in every direction you look there are a hundred events unfolding. Can you believe there is even a person whose sole job is to clean ears at the bargain price of 10 INR per ear!

After a couple of hours of walking I jumped on a rickshaw for the craziest ride ever through the streets of Chandri Chowk. At one stage the rickshaw rider even let me take the handlebars and ride him around for a few minutes.

Later on a young girl asked me to take her picture. I duly obliged and showed her the image. She then signalled for me to wait and ran off. In a short time she was back with a school book. She is starting to learn English and wanted me to help her with some words. A short 10 minute lesson followed out in the street watched by seemingly hundreds as we barked like a dog and mooed like a cow. It was amazing.

After a few hours wandering around old Dekhi I shared a dinner with a local family in a traditional Haveli home. Who would have thought vegetarian food could taste this good! The day ended with me getting a ride back on the back of a Harley.
Jama Masjid

Jama Masjid

Qutib MInar

Qutib MInar

Spices

Spices

The Beard

The Beard

Posted by adtamo 09:16 Archived in India

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