On the train from Varanasi to a station near New Delhi (as it was the only train with available seats) we are contemplating how we will actually get to Delhi. Jill makes conversation with an Indian about our age, Sabir.
It turns out he is catching another train like us to New Delhi. Thankfully he takes us under his wing. Sabir shows us how to to buy Metro station cards, shows us which train line to catch and pass security. He even went out of his way to catch another metro train with us to make sure we got to the right place. If it wasn’t for him I am sure we would have made it to our destination, Parharganj, but with our new friend we made it within an hour.
At the New Delhi Metro station we are informed we can’t cross the bridge without a platform Ticket so Sabir puts us in a tuk tuk with strict instructions, Do not pay more than 20 rupees (and tells the driver no commission!!!) He nervously leaves us after exchanging numbers and emails and did not want any money from us. ‘Guests are like family in India’ he says.
In the tuk tuk Jill realises we are heading the wrong way. We tell the driver to take us to Main Bazzar street. He lies and says ‘this is Main Bazzar,’ so when we stop we grab our bags and leave without paying a cent. Bastard! Next rickshaw takes us to our destination.
One day we took the Metro Train to Old Delhi. We now know how to navigate the complex, yet simple modern train system which is one of the best in the world. In Old Delhi we eat at a local eateries where we share a Thali set with yummy parathas. Those filled with potato taste like French fries and another filled with cashews taste like donuts. We then stroll the streets to find a dessert shop. We try these squiggly looking things which taste like the cornflake cakes with honey syrup you make as a kid. So sweet and delicious. Thinking that wasn’t enough of food we head to the spice market. The colours and smells were amazing But we didn’t venture that far into it as we were continuously sneezing.
For the first time in over a month we see the likes of KFC and McDonalds. We don’t know that many people who eat this back home but we wonder who here would eat it, with the massive array of delicious food on offer. Probably just tourists. Although the availability of REAL COFFEE was definitely a welcome surprise.
One night we went to the cinemas to see a Hindi movie, House Full 2. Obviously we couldn’t understand the words but we got the story of the movie. It was a pretty cool experience, I am sure more to come in Mumbai. Jill said we are definitely getting jobs as extras when we get to Bollywood in Mumbai.
On the whole Delhi is just another city. It was good to see but a couple of days is definitely enough. Actually Matt got the true experience of Delhi, he has Delhi Belly.