A Day in Old Delhi

We started our day with a delicious Indian breakfast in our hotel, than started our full day tour of Old Delhi at 9:30am. We headed to Chadni Chowk a 5km shopping area, that has over 30,000 people working in a section that was only designed for 6,000. This place was bustling with shops setting up for their 11am opening hour. Cars and mopeds are not allowed to visitors so we found a rickshaw driver and were peddled in at high speeds narrowly avoiding oncoming traffic.

It was amazing to see how people lived and operated shops in the old part of town, you would also see monkeys swinging on the electrical wires overhead. Monkeys are fed by the shopkeepers, since they’re seen as good luck as they are seen as a manifestation of their god Hanuman. We entered the spice market section on foot and saw how the 3,000 men only, lived and made spices. 

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On the way to Raj Ghat the burial site of Mahatma Ghandi “the father of India” we drove past The Red Fort and Jama Masjid. Ghandi’s final resting site at Raj Ghat is a large peaceful garden, covered in grass and quotes by Ghandi.

Then we headed to the president’s house, Parliament House, and government secretariat house. These were located on a fairly large hill and these buildings were giant brick buildings that were very British. Then we visited India’s Gate that was about a half a mile in front of the government buildings. When looking at india’s Gate face on it looks integrated with the government buildings behind it. The gate is dedicated to the fallen Indian soldiers from various wars and has an ever burning flame below it in tribute.

After this we preceded to Humayun’s tomb, which was build by the same architect of the Taj Mahal. There were other tombs on site in various degrees of restoration on the same property, this included Isa Khan’s tomb. These tombs were built my the Mughal emporer in the 1500’s and were incredible in size and granjour. There was a well that constantly pumped water into these water paths that surrounded the tomb that represented a peaceful afterlife.

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Then we headed to the Qutab Minar, which is a 11th century site with a tower, an iron pillar, and the ruins of a mosque below it. They say the iron pillar is 98% iron and 2% of some unidentified material that prevented the pole from rusting.

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inally we went to Dilli Haat an outdoor shopping area that featured food from the different cities of India. We tried Punjabi food, Napalese, Kashmir, and Mahtlesa region. At the end of all this was 8pm and we went back to our hotel completely exhausted. 

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We learned that that local people like taking photos with tourists. Here I am being handed this women’s one year old.  

The mini drama of the day: The Indian English is incredibly hard to understand, they speak incredibly fast and slur on top of it all. This day our tour guide was very insistent that we listen to him speak, but we could only understand about 30% of what he was saying. He said we started the tour later than usual, even though we told the driver the day before that we could start earlier, so we said we could skip lunch to not miss anything on the schedule. Well this resulted into an arguement with the tour guide and the driver. The tour guide then left us early with the driver.