we have arrived
we woke up at 4.30am to catch the flight from Bangkok to New Delhi Kim and I had taken a sleeping pill so we were fairly refreshed and ready to get going. After breakfast at Starbucks we made our way to the boarding gate and hopped on the plane where I managed to watch two more movies.. I never get to watch movies much because I am so busy so this for me is a treat and certainly made flying less of a chore :-) we finally arrive in India and my first impresson is I can't get over the smog it is sooo thick it is crazy! We got through customs with no problems andwhile waiting for the rest of the group to get organised we had a bit of a look around the airport is like every other airport in the world except for the couple of guys we saw in army uniforms and machine guns who were casually patrolling the place!
We met up with the world expeditions tour guide who us a lovely Indian chap who introduced himself to me and shook my hand and I immediately forgot his name :/ we went outside with our luggage and there was a sea of people behind barriers just staring at us I assume they were taxi drivers or porters hoping for business but it was an odd feeling. .
By this stage I am just so happy to be here but frustrated because my phone isn't working and I don't know why! Forgetting about the phone I look out the window at India as we travel to the hotel. The city is certainly dirty wth lots of rubbish and broken buildings and crazy wiring but the people and cars are dynamic and colorful and interesting. I saw a lot of hawkers, a few beggars and some homeless people that just broke your heart but I also saw happy children waving at the bus, gorgeous women in beautiful outfits and fierce Sikh dudes in turbans. I am already in love with India. We get to the hotel and give up our passports, get our photo taken (not sure what that is about lol) go upstairs and dump our bags before heading down to lunch. I did my first tip even though I am apparently not supposed to tip but the guy saw me struggling with my bag carried it to my room, opened the door and set us up to me that was worth 100 Rupees ($2)
After lunch we headed on the bus to humayans tomb which is supposedly the prototype or mini version of the Taj mahal and is interesting in that it was built by an empress for her husband.
After the tomb we were taken to this carpet store where a very interesting gentlemen explained to us how carpets were made, this was fascinating stuff folks and we were all spellbound by the process and attention to detail..like he said this is no just carpet but a work of art. Unfortunately we had to leave early to meet some guys who hand make pashmina shawls but by this stage the day is catching up on me and I need to have some down time before dinner.
Dinner is a buffet at the hotel and was delicious, there were plenty of non spicy choices and I really enjoyed it.
Interesting side notes: You don't fluh toilet paper down the toilet you wrap the used toilet paper and put it in a bin!!!
We use bottled water to brush our teeth and to make cups of tea