Day One in New Delhi
8.13.10 - 8.13.10 92 °F
It was a long haul, but we landed on time in New Delhi late Thursday night, passed through immigration without any problems, met our driver at the door, and were wisked off to our Bed and breakfast arriving around 1:00 am local time. It might have been earlier except for a lost driver who gave us a tour of some parts of the city where I don't think we would have seem otherwise.
The flights were great - the girls were amazing in their tolerance and patience despite the sleep deprivation and waiting around. We slept in a bit but awoke to have a huge breakfast prepared by our delightful hosts here at the New Delhi BnB. Ajay, the owner, and his son, Ashu, set up a car and driver for us for the day (Ru 1200 or about $27) to take us wherever we wanted. Our first stop was to visit the beautiful lotus shaped temple of the Baha'i faith, an amazing structure in it's scale and beauty.
. It was a sweltering, humid day in which we quickly surrendered to the reality that we were going to be sweaty and hot all day. Our visit also gave us the opportunity to get used to attracting the attention of other tourists since we look just a little bit different - we found ourselves on the other side of the camera on more than one occasion.
After the temple visit, we visited the archaeological site at Qutb Minor where ruins of Muslim tombs, mosques, and an amazing minaret provide a great sense of the way things used to in this area a millennium ago.
After two tourists sites, jet lag started to set in for some of us, especially Elena,
so we decided to visit a craft market to get a feel for what was available. The Dilli Haut market is an area that allows vendors from different parts of the country to take a stall for a couple of weeks so the selection is always changing with the vendors. The girls are starting to understand the how haggling process works and I expect that they will become quite good at it quickly.
Our last stop brought us over to the Khan market, a more contemporary shopping area where we ate dinner at little Hollywood themed restaurant and then crawled home in the Delhi rush hour traffic. It was long day given our confused internal clocks and our adjustment to being is such a different place. We retired for the evening relatively early and as expected, I was awake at around 3:30 am this morning with my brain ready to start the day. I hate jet lag! We're hiring the car again today for more sight seeing and are being careful to organize a plan to accommodate tomorrow's celebration of India's Independence Day.