1st steps in India : New Delhi

On 9 January 2014 by From elephants to kangaroos

Namaste India!  I’ve been told about it, I heard the best and the worst about India. So I was expecting everything and nothing at once. I still thought before going to India that having spent 3 months in Africa before would help me to better handle this passage solo in India and I think I was right.

I arrived in India on December 30th, 2013 after a short stay in France for the holidays. And just out of the airport, you’re directly in the mood : cluster of cars / rickshaws / taxis / motorcycles in the streets honking everything going , infernal noise, pollution, dirt, street vendors, permanent haggling in shops the streets , intense cold and so on… Inevitably, almost 17 ​​million people , it makes 1.5 times the population of Paris and its suburbs on a surface 2 times lower . Congestion and the rest are in order! For the rest, I had been accustomed to this ” street life ” in Africa so I do not really disoriented .

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I am lucky to have a friend who lives in the capital and was able to guide me , with whom I spent time and other. I thought I would stay two or three days but finally because of a concern for my visa for Burma , I have spent 5 days and 2 days between different trains to get passport and visa. So I pretty surveyed the city and its monuments.
I began by seeing the Lodi Garden , free park open to all and very nice which contains two mausoleums quite impressive. You can see the Indians play cricket or just to meet for lunch. The 2nd day , we were visiting Qutub Minar , 3rd tallest minaret in the world. Again, the minaret is in the middle of a park-like surrounding and quite beautiful monuments , it is very pleasant to walk .

IMG_3448 (427x640)I then spent a single day to visit Old Delhi. If you thought you had seen the worst when arriving at the airport , waiting to go to Old Delhi … It is almost impossible to cross , people honk constantly. On the sidewalks ? Prepare your elbow , you have to show strength to pass through the streets here , politeness is not set ( it is the same when you queue up to buy train tickets or other , the Indians do not know not files) .

I start my day by visiting the Red Fort which we hear so much about . As it is a very beautiful from the outside, as I found that he did not really interest inside. It is in pretty bad shape. Upon leaving, I decided to walk through the small streets leading to the Jama Masjid mosque . There are many small shops ,

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narrow streets around rush . Just make sure you pay attention to your bag but other than that, nothing to report . In arriving at the mosque, of course obligation to remove your shoes. Note that admission is pay for foreign ( and in general , prices for inputs in India are much higher for foreigners than for locals) . But 300 rupees worth it ! The mosque is beautiful , very large, and in a big way in the middle of the mess surrounding the city. Suddenly, everything is calmer , Indians gather here , sit in the middle of the place and pray, wash , spend time with family , etc … I spent about 1 hour to observe all these people come and go, a great experience ! End of the day continuing my walk walk through the narrow streets and past other mosques

On other days in Delhi , outside and forth / back to the Burmese embassy , reservations and other trains , I went to see the corner of ministries, very impressive buildings ( under the sun , it’s nice ) and where we also see the Delhi Gate . I walked in different neighborhoods and I hope to have time to visit Humayun’s tomb just before leaving Burma.

Overall, and out of my concern visa that irks me , the beginning in India has shaken me a little but I lived it than I thought. Indians with whom I have discussed are all pretty open and welcoming. I now look forward to my 1st train and discover the rest of the country.

My program for the coming days : Agra, short return to Delhi (visa) , Varanasi, short return to Delhi (visa ) and Rajasthan for about 10 days. A nice program to come I shall not fail to tell you …

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