What a city! There’s much of everything, people, smells, cars, horns, dogs and sounds! It’s hot, moisture and dusty, were sweating all day long, the air conditioning (AC) in the different places gives us poor Dutch/Norwegians some cooling down. Had a guide today that told us that he was in Copenhagen once in the summer with nice weather, for him it was a cold vacation with 25 degrees!!
Yesterday we arrived here at Shivish hotel in the night local time. We gat picked up at the airport, this was included in our starting package from Kilroy. One city tour, pickup from airport and two nights at this hotel. From tomorrow we will travel outside Delhi. The flight was very very nice, we had personal TV screens, nice Indian food and good service. We are flying with Jet airways almost our whole trip, to Bali and back. So this was a good start
The hotel lays in an area with lots of hotels, it’s in the old part of Delhi and its still a dirty and chaotic area, but from what we have seen today probably whole Delhi is. They are renovating the streets here, so probably it will look better and be less holes in the road in the future.
Today we have had our city tour with a private driver and a guide. Lots of the city and the spots to see we viewed from the car while the guide was telling about the history. It’s nice to see that this culture is so open towards religion, all kind of temples are practically speaking laying next to each other. The Sikhs, Muslims and Hindu people are living peacefully in the same city and also among each other. The guide took us to a place to have lunch, a relatively expensive place we found out, but the food was really nice! We have seen a few temples from close by. On our bear feet, most places it’s not allowed to take pictures. At the Bahapur temple we have some nice pictures from outside. This was really magnificent architecture and a beautiful temple shaped as a lotus flower. It’s build for all people, no matter colour, race, nationality, language or religion. People come there to find peace, meditation and prayer. Inside you can sit and just be quite, it was a really nice experience, we could come here more often. It’s a way of thinking towards religion that speaks to us very much. The karma philosophy and respect is clearly very important to people here, WE LOVE IT! Delhi although is touristic so we look forward to travel and experience more of India.
Tonight we have made our travelling plan for the coming 12 days in India. Tomorrow we are leaving Delhi towards Pushkar in Rajastan and after that to Jaipur also in Rajastan. From Jaipur we are travelling to Agra to visit the Taj Mahal witch excites us From Agra we will take a train to Haridwar, from there Rishikesh is our goal, this place we heard so much about and only positive things, so here we will stay for 3 days and learn yoga;-) The last night we will sleep in Delhi again and then we are flying to Singapore and Bali.
ps. photo's did not work out this time