(yes it is mental)
18.11.2012 26 °C
We're in India baby!!!
It's as crazy as we were expecting, probably going to be the most challenging country I've travelled but...it's awesome to be here
So our journey started at Manchester Airport on Friday afternoon, I met my lovely travel buddy Amanda who refers to me now as Hannah "spreadsheet" Reeves. Our flight went via Doha and was really good, although tiring. We arrived at New Delhi airport at 7.30am (2am UK time) and found immigration surprisingly easy to go through. The man on customs questioned us a bit about where we were going, and told us it wasn't sensible to travel alone as unaccompanied women. Not at all phased I proceeded to show him the spreadsheet while Amanda cringed and all was fine...we were in!
We went to our taxi and was met by the loveliest man who smiled broadly with the words "welcome to India"!! And off we drove into the madness of India's roads. Despite having had no sleep and no coffee I was loving it, the traffic was mental but as i've come to realise in just two short days here is that somehow cars, rickshaws, tuk-tuks, motorbikes, people and cows do not bump into each other. They just beep and or shout...repeatedly....infact not beeping or shouting would be abnormal. It's my normality since arriving.
We arrived at our hotel in the middle of New Delhi, the streets are hugely dusty and dirty. There is a strangely unique smell, dogs running about everywhere (glad I got the rabies jab), flies, people welding on the side of the road, constant traffic and pollution. All i'd dreamed of experiencing when I chose to come here. Our room is pretty nice actually, the rest is basic. I get washed in a bucket.
After getting over the jet lag of our first day we ventured out on Day 2 into the depths of old Delhi. On a rickshaw!! It was hilarious. We went all around the markets, I think there is a market for everything you could imagine - silks, spices, chilies, fish, meats, wedding attire, dresses, car parts, books, fruits and flowers. We visited a number of sites including the Red Fort, Jama Masjid mosque, India gate and Ghandi's tomb.
The food...i don't have enough time in this internet cafe to write about the food. But, while being sensible, i'm trying everything. It's incredible.
Tomorrow we are up at 6am to visit Agra and the Taj Mahal
Love to everyone in UK xx