After months of planning and anticipation I’m finally in New Delhi, India. It was very surreal as I explored the city on my first day but this could also be attributed to jet lag. There are so many people in this city it can be overwhelming at times. The personal space I’m used to in America is nonexistent but I’m sure I will adapt. It’s always an adventure being thrown into a foreign land and hitting the ground running. This is exactly what I’ve been doing for the past 3 days.
One of the first things I noticed as I left the airport is the very distinct aroma in New Delhi. One word cannot describe the many foreign smells that accosts the nose because it has to be attributed to an array of things. Cattle and dogs roam the streets as if they own them. Trash doesn’t quite make it to the trash cans thus littering the streets. Hot chi is around almost every corner filling the air with a sweet aroma. Fried foods unknown to me speak to my hunger as I walk the streets. Since it’s summer, the smell of a million sweaty people lingers in the air never quite dissipating even after the sun has gone down.
There are markets that line the streets. Every vendor believes they have exactly what you need, ranging from nike shoes from the nineties to cooking utensils. One of the main words in Hindi I’ve become good at saying is no. A lot of the markets have incredible deals on clothing, rugs, spices and really anything you can imagine. I’ve become quite a good haggler since they always initially try to get you to over pay and you just have to negotiate a good price. I really love walking the streets and being able to shop as I do so. I’ve already made some great purchases.
There is so much history here. You’ll be driving along in an auto and come across tombs or old ruins in the middle of a round-a-bout. They are scattered all throughout the city as modern civilization has built up around historical sites. The tombs and Mosques take your breath away because of the grandeur and intricate detail that went into building them so long ago.
Today is my last day in New Delhi and I’m off to see more historical sites. From here it’s on to explore the rest of India. There is so much to take in and absorb from the 3 day experience I’ve had thus far. I will keep updating as much as I can but the internet is not always available. Enjoy the pictures. There will be many more to come.
One last random fact- McDonalds delivers in this country.