Mega Mayhem Of Modern Madness…That’s my welcome to Delhi every time I arrive here.!!..Ranked now as the second most populated city worldwide at around 25 million inhabitants, it can be challenging & overwhelming for both the visiter & the resident… Having visited most of the major sights in the city, my six day stopover was all I required to catch up with family & friends before catching my flight back to Manchester on the 12th of August..
The Bed&Chai guesthouse in Greater Kailash is centrally located to almost everything in Delhi and has a handful of very friendly & helpful staff should you need any travel advice or arrange bookings for your onward journey within India..They are part of the international Hostel World group & I found them to be very clean, comfortable & an ideal choice for the budget conscious traveller…Greater Kailash or GK as it’s often referred to, is considered quite an affluent neighbourhood with some of the most popular markets in Delhi and home to a wide range of big name retail stores, restaurants and coffee shops…A popular snack & always a favourite of mine has been Dahi Vada’s..A chaat style street food made with balls of flour soaked in thick fresh yogurt & garnished with coriander,chaat masala, cumin & chilli powder..As tempting as it may be, I avoided the street food carts & opted for lunch in the comfort and safety of a Haldirams restaurant..Originating in Rajasthan & part of a large chain, they tend to specialise in indian snacks & sweets & namkeens (savoury snacks) .. Finished with the traditional Kulfi (pistachio flavoured ice cream) I was a happy chappy for the rest of the day..!!!
Though fairly inexpensive, the Delhi metro can still be a bit of a challenge at times, especially at peak times..so it’s all about patience & vigilance, so sometimes the option to jump on an auto rickshaw or book a uber taxi for the slightly higher fare is a far better trade off for a little comfort..
India is a travel/street photographer’s paradise and Delhi in particular can offer you endless opportunities as long as you are prepared to accept the crowds, traffic, noise and pollution..I found the early mornings to be an ideal time too, as it also avoided the intense heat of the day…
My flight out to Manchester was scheduled for 21:50hrs. on the 12th.August & fortunately I decided on booking a taxi for 14:00hrs..Being a Friday & with a long weekend due for Independence Day a half hour drive normally, turned out to take just over two hours with another two hours to clear customs & security at the airport..Needless to say it was a relief to be sitting and waiting in the Emirates departure lounge..