21 July – Delhi
Slept really well, as it got cool at night. Went to the station early in the morning to get tickets for Delhi on the Dehra Dun-Indore express. We boarded the general compartment. It was nice and entertaining –so many people….and of course there is the general rudeness also. The wooden berths were so uncomfortable – I could not wait for Delhi to arrive! It arrived at 12 pm. We immediately got an AC retiring room (after Rs 50 under the table). Good comfortable room. And then of course went out to the gali to have lunch – kachoris!! Again! And then had doodh malai – I tell you – good food is only in India!
It was super hot, so came back and took siesta. Evening went to Chandini Chowk for Sunday market. Interesting stuff – fun to look around and also bought some stuff – don’t know how long it will last or if it is authentic. Went to Bhagirath palace to get some CDs…a lot of it was closed, but some shops were still open and yes – I did buy some CDs. As we were walking back through the Sunday market, papa was in the front and I was behind him, suddenly 2-3 guys went past me and I could not quite tell then but later recalled that I could tell that they were pickpocketers. And of course its always papa’s pockets that get picked, which is why I carry all the money. He did not lose a lot of money but it is still a violation of personal space. It brought us down a little bit.
We came to Haldirams in Chandni Chowk and we had some samosa and kachori. Yum! Came back to our room by 6:30 pm and then went out to the market outside the railay station. Its quite good. I needed to get a suitcase which we bargained one from Rs 650 to Rs 350. Unbelievable!! But did not buy that – bought another nice one for Rs 1100. (Note from later on – the handle of the suitcase broke on the way to USA!).
Dinner was samosas and then off to bed!
22 July - Delhi
Last day in India and Delhi is closed. We packed up and vacated the room. Papa went to get a cheaper room, but they did not have one so we had to get a bed in the dormitory. And there was not a single woman there!! Just me! We left around 9:30 am to go to Darya Ganj to go to Papa’s bank, but found out tah the bank branch had shifted a few doors down. I went to Halidram to get some namkeens while Papa was at the bank. It was a nice bank – clean and airy.
Then we were off to Janpath to all the emporiums. Bought some nice jewely at the Gandhi emporium. Wandered around to the Coffee House and had vada and coffee. Definitely tasty! Went back to the room to rest but found some cops sleeping on our beds! Ugh! Went to the supervisor who gave some silly excuse as to “kya kar saktey hain? Police waley hain!” but after making some noise, they came and rudely woke the cops and then we had to wait until they changed the bedsheets and pillow covers. Disgusting behavior.
Went back to Janpath again at 4 pm to enjoy the street market, which as always is enjoyable. There is a lot of bargaining (from Rs 1800 to Rs 750) but the goods there are so good – all hand made and all the vendors are women. Amazing ladies!!
Came back to the station – took a quick shower and got ready for dinner – which was naan and paneer – most awesome and it was just a dhaba near the station. Perfect ending to a great day. Picked up the luggage and then we were off to the airport.
Bye bye India.