A Weekend In Delhi

To be honest, prior to our arrival, I was not looking forward to our time in Delhi. I’d heard so many negative things from other tourists about it being busy, unsafe, dirty, and difficult to get around. So we intentionally left Delhi to the end of our trip and minimized it to just a two day, one night stay.

It didn’t take me long after we’d arrived to decide I really liked it!

For one, it seemed like we were really in India. A strange thing to say after being in India for 6 weeks, I know. But look at this photo. It looks like it felt. So much busyness, but no one hassling you. Yes, there were tourists, of course, we were in the cheap hotel district of Pahar Ganj. But there were also lots of locals, just going about their everyday lives.

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It was such a contrast to get on the ultra-modern metro system. Delhi really must have been horrible to get around before that. But because Delhi hosted the Commonwealth Games in 2010, the government built a world class metro system that was cheap, secure, and clean.

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We took ourselves on a more-or-less self-guided tour of the major sights of Delhi. Because we only had a weekend in Delhi, we just saw most things from the outside and didn’t go in. Still, it was a fun way to spend a day!

We took the metro to the Qutb Minar station, and while there was a decent view from outside the station, we hired a rickshaw driver to take us close enough to the Qutb Minar complex so we could get a better photo.

The Qutb Minar, which was started in 1192, is the tallest brick minaret in the world. Due to a lack of time, and desire to spend more money, we never went in to the complex, although I’m sure it would have been quiteimpressive and worth it. Regardless, here is the Qutb Minar from a distance.

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Our rickshaw driver was enterprising enough that he turned our request to see the Qtub Minar into a small tour of the area. As a result, we also saw, from a distance, Isa Khan Niyazi’s mausoleum, which is in the Huyamun Tomb Complex, according to Wikipedia. (Our driver’s English wasn’t good enough to explain what anything was, just good enough to point it out to us, lol).

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The next few photos are from a park we would never have discovered if it wasn’t for our rickshaw driver. He actually gave us a walking tour so we could see the tomb of Jamali-Kamali, built in 1528 for Jamali, who was a famous poet, and Kamali, who no one seems to remember…

This is our driver with Earl, hoofing it through the park.

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The courtyard of the tomb.

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We were very happy to have visited the Jamali-Kamali tomb. All it cost us was chai money for the guard, and a gratuity for the rickshaw driver. And it was so beautiful there — the whole place looked so poetic!

Then, leaving our driver, we jumped back on the metro and headed for the Delhi Gate, a memorial to the 90,000 Indian soldiers who lost their lives fighting on behalf of the British in WWI and the Third Anglo-Afghan War. We wanted to see the Gate because we’d read it was an impressive sight, and was taller than the Gateway to India, in Mumbai. Because it was a weekend, the place was crowded with people and vendors selling all sorts of snacks like ice cream, sodas, corn and other local treats.

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Check out this poor tourist being mobbed by bracelet vendors! The funny part of this photo was that she was trying to explain how she didn’t have any money. Her parents were also off to the side enjoying the event and taking a video at the same time!

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Then we headed to the Red Fort to enjoy the view of the exterior, as we weren’t keen on going inside. Frankly, we were a little “castled-out” by this point, if you know what I mean. Although I’m sure if you hadn’t been through 10 other forts by this time, it would have been spectacular.

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We finished our day at Connaught Place, at what turned out to be the United Buddy Bear exhibit, which promotes tolerance and harmony and was currently in Delhi after visiting every other continent over the past few years. Here are some of our favorites.

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The Canadian one is the second from the right, and it's okay, but the right side one, Cape Verde, is cool.



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Thailand



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We'll let you guess this one.



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This one answers the question I'm sure you're asking yourself right now: 'Where in the world is Moldova?'



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A view of some of the bears surrounding Connaught Place. With one for every country it was impossible to get them all into one shot.



Then a super-delicious milkshake, which I still have longings for, months later.

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Then we made sure to take advantage of being in India and got a haircut for Earl and some toiletries on the cheap and also a very “unique” facial…which we’ve decided not to show the pictures of.

And we ended our visit to Delhi, and to India, with some chicken and one last lassi.

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