A total culture shock, overwhelmed senses, extreme poverty and great food
29.02.2008 - 03.03.2008 35 °C
Well Delhi has beena massive culture shock for us both. Nothing can prepare you for the pollution that almost chokes you, the constant whiff of urine in the air and the heat.
You can never relax here for fear of being run down by car, rickshaw (auto and pedal), motorbike or cow! We even saw an elephant going down a major dual carriageway today carrying goods somewhere.
It is a crazy place that we will not be really sad to leave behind. It has been an interesting place to visit but we look forward to heading to some slightly calmer places in the west.
Today we visited the Shiva temple, lotus temple, India Gate, Ghandi museum and Red fort. We hired a taxi for the day to take us around and got his services at a discounted price of just over three pounds in exchange for visiting a few shops so he could get some additional coupons ( for clothes for his children and fuel for his taxi). He was really good and took us everywhere we wanted, and the shops were right near each of the sights. It was no skin off our nose and supplemented his earnings of 2 pounds a day. The poor people are so unbelievably poor, that you can't undestand until you see it with your own eyes. Delhi is not the worst either! God know what it will be like in Mumbai where there is one of the biggest slums in India.
Tomorrow we take our first train in India, the overnight to Jaisalmer. Hopefully it will be relatively painfree.