14.01.2014 - 17.01.2014
So far so good! On our connecting flight to India we were offered an upgrade to business class seats and I don't think we stopped smiling the entire flight! Champagne, a 3-course meal, leg room and unlimited gadgets (I lost count of how many times I saw James' head disappear and reappear over the top of the chair) and I think we kept the cabin crew entertained!
We arrived at Indira Gandi Airport at 3am and a low lying smog greeted us and remained a constant through the 4-days we were in Delhi. The hostel The Ivory Palace was pretty basic (5.50GBP p/n), very cold and smelling of damp although we were offered extra blankets and the hot shower in the morning helped to warm us up!
First day we headed out sporting a fleece and (optimistic) flip-flop combo to find some water and a map and ended up being ushered to a local agency where we proceeded to spend 600GBP for a driver for the next month - think they saw us coming!! This did however mean that we were chauffured around Delhi seeing the sites including the impressive Humayuns Tomb set in beautifully kept gardens and India Gate reflected in the first glimpses of sun we had seen so far. On our second day Tanagen our trusty driver managed to avoid the "more expensly" places for us while navigating his way through the chaotic Delhi traffic, seemingly having a sixth sense about the oncoming lorries in the wrong lane, cows randomly crossing the road, and reversing tuk tuks! He took us to the Laxmi Naryan Temple, the ancient Qutab Minar and Lotus Temple and after a little persuasion Lodi Gardens, a beautiful oasis from the Delhi traffic. Our final day in Delhi and we visited the impressive Red Fort commissioned by Shah Jahan the Mughal Emperor and on to the Raj Ghat pilgrammage site.