The next mental stop was Delhi.
I remember, when we decided to go to India, and I spread the word about it, people started to ask me, if we go to North or South India. Right now, my that-time-me seems so to me soo ignorant, I didn’t even know, where Varanasi is, I didn’t even know, what to see in India. I just responded: “You know, we’ll see”.
Then we got to buy the tickets and it became instantly clear, that we can not just go “anywhere”, the most cheap flights arrive to Delhi. (FYI: Delhi is in North India :-D)
The first impression, when I read about Delhi in the wikipedia article was, that it has 16,753,265 inhabitants. Sixteen million!!!!! In confront, Hungary has 10 million. The whole Hungary, not only one city, so right now I have to cite Raj from the Big Bang Theory, where he claims not wanting to go back to India, because there are people everywhere. I mean….I believe it!
The next important thing we understood about Delhi, that as we bought a return ticket Milan – Delhi, we have to split our visit in two separate steps. So we will stay two days after we arrive, than an additional day, before we leave.
I remember, when Giorgio told me that he have read an article about the children that live in the main train station of Delhi. Some of them were interviewed and stated, that they live in the station rather than starve at home under non-sufficient living conditions. There were lots of them, that are not even 10 years old. And lots of them were girls. It seems that having a female newborn in an Indian family is rather negative. There exist a term, like sex-selective abortion, which gave some interesting and rather sad results.
You know, it’s always hard to talk about some topics…Like the homless people, like starving people, like abused children, like little girls, who are sold for sex…I am not the right person to judge anything, and I am sure, that no “normal” – what is normal? – Indian person accepts these things, but these things exist, so…when we’ll arrive to this beautiful city, with sixteen million inhabitants, we have to face situations, that can rise uncontrolled feelings in us. No-one can prepare himself for certain situations, so can not we…but we try not to forget, that these things will be there and we have to try to live with them at least for 16 days.
Anyway, Delhi, I told. So, there exist two parts of Delhi. The Old-Delhi and New-Delhi. We arrive November 14th to Delhi and stay there until the morning of November 16th. Two days, at least eight activities, which we can plan.
In Delhi one of the most cited places is (1) the Connaught Place, which
is one of the largest financial, commercial and business centers in Delhi…The Connaught Place of today is one of the most vibrant business districts of Delhi.
It seems an absolutely must to have a taste of modern Indian life.
(2) To go to some historical place, we will visit the Red Fort.
The Red Fort (Hindi: लाल क़िला, Urdu: لال قلعہ, usually transcribed into English as Lal Qil’ah or Lal Qila) is a 17th century fort complex constructed by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in the walled city of Old Delhi (in present day Delhi, India) that served as the residence of the Mughal Emperors. It also served as the capital of the Mughals until 1857, when Mughal emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar was exiled by the British Indian government. It was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007.
Being a quite complete ignorant, we made a list, what we absolutely want to do/see/confirm in India.
The list is very short, and believe me, very innocent.
- something about Ghandi (every important Ghandi counts 😉 )
- Elefants and tigers
- Eating something very typical Indian (like Tandoori chicken, is it really typical?)
- Kama Sutra
- Mother Theresa
- Silk and other precious textile
We have to distribute all these things over the stops of this journey. Delhi gets Ghandi. There is the (3) National Ghandi Museum, where we can visit some interesting galleries.
(5) The tomb of Ghandi
(6) The Sadar Bazaar – so we can mark two points of the list, also if not completely, Sonepur Male is coming on in Patna in a further post
(7) Majnu ka Tilla, which is the quarter called the Tibetian Camp.
and maybe the (8) Jami Masjid, which is the principal mosque in Delhi.
I have to say, I got tired from writing this article and I still think about the sixteen million people living in this city…I mean, when we headed to New York, the “only” thing, we cared about was, how to get the metro tickets and if we should buy a weekly ticket or just get a prepaid one…Here I am not even sure, I know how many metro lines exist and am exhausted. This place is….a kind of…..huge!!!!