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Day by Day 3: Delhi
Time spent in New Delhi and Old Delhi
ASIA 2009

WEST BHUTAN

 To Paro
 Paro 1
 Paro 2
 Paro 3
 To Thimphu
 Thimphu 1
 Thimphu 2
 Thimphu 3
 Thimphu 4
 To Punakha
 Punakha
 To Phobjika
 Phobjika


EAST BHUTAN
 To Trongsa
 To Jakar
 Around Ura
 Jakar
 To Mongar
 To Tashigang
 Tashigang 1
 Tashigang 2
 Tashigang 3


DELHI
 Delhi 1
 Delhi 2
 Delhi 3
 Delhi 4
 Delhi 5


RAJASTHAN
 Mount Abu
 To Narlai
 Narlai 1
 Narlai 2
 Narlai 3
 Narlai 4
 Ranakpur
 To Udaipur
 Train across India


FACTS/INFO INDEX


16 October
On arrival in Delhi arranged hire of car from Banyan for afternoon (1,500 Rupees for four hours - hotel would have charged about 60% more). Good, helpful driver with good English. Went to Safdarjang's Tomb and Lodhi Gardens, both worthwhile. Nearly fell for collecting for blind school scam. Very hot.

The Claridges, Delhi. Our hotel for all nights in Delhi. A very gracious place with nice rooms and a high standard of service without being overpowering. Excellent breakfasts, good light evening meals in Pickwicks rather thena full dining rooms which looked a bit grand.

17 October
Day with booked guide. Started at Jama Masjid then spent several hours walking in Old Delhi (plus cycle rickshaw) and having things explained to us before going to Red Fort. Good day.


7 November
Major cock-up by guide in Guwahati so only just caught train to Delhi (31 hour trip) even though it was over an hour late. Interesting to see India from train, whether it was poverty around major stations or general life in rural areas. Not much variety in scenery.

Train 2435 Guwahati-New Delhi 7 November (Dibrugarh Town Rajdhani)
Just the two of us in a coupe in what looked like fairly standard stock. Comfort of seat improved once we worked out it had a back which could be raised from bunk configuration. Reasonably clean compartment, toilets variable but cleaned during journey. Lunch/dinner order taken (veggy or non-veggy - former seemed best way to avoid bones) and served over about two hours in three stages. Also morning tea and evening tea (about 1600). Food good but a bit repetitive. Pleasant staff with some English. Linen, pillow and blanket provided but bunks not made up. Good steady ride and reasonably quiet. Air conditioning effective. Overall a very acceptable if rather long trip. Scenery better and more interesting on first day.

8 November
Arrived Delhi to find no guide waiting for us. Eventually ended up in iffy 'taxi' wanting exorbitant fare but on arrival at hotel got staff to negotiate fair rate.

9 November
Car for morning, went to Humayuni's Tomb, very interesting site. Surrounded by kids from huge school group all wanting to shake hands. Then to Purana Qila where walls and mosque very good. Kids in less frequented parts were pests all saying 'hello dollar' and possibly prepared to throw stones at non-producers of same (moral - stick to areas with visiting adults around). Vintage overnight train to Abu Road.

Train 2958 New Delhi-Abu Road 9 November (Ahmedabad Juncn Rajdhani)
Again in a coupe but this time in vintage stock which had a certain appeal. Toilets surprisingly good. Otherwise generally as previous journey. Good solid ride although older bogies had typical tendency to hunt on welded track. Dinner (served rather slowly to each diner) and cup of tea first thing. Good trip.

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