Glimpses of New Delhi

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Delhi is way more diversified in general. It is where mostly post-modern arts, architectures and even all-things-trendy co-exist with their historically-significant places (e.g forts, sites).

Just a week after I came back from that overly-exhausting waiting game, I got to finally see my sister whom I haven’t seen since 2010 (I promised to make personal post related to this one. πŸ˜‰) Though unplanned, our Delhi tour was materialized (through HoHo Bus) as part of the supposed culmination of their stay.

At HoHo, it was like the first time we experienced a personalized tour. We were only given a paper with the list of 18 destinations which include museums, temples, forts, Indian gate, government establishments and markets. Along with the destinations are the list of bus number which would picked you up at the place where you were dropped off after 40 minutes interval. Before your first dropped off, please ensure you have asked for the boarding pass to which you will have to present on your next assigned bus.

Entrance fees for some destinations are also present in that piece of paper. It would be better to ask the tour guide for a map brochure as this will show you the top-most visited destinations. It’s a perfect way to save time and energy, aside from having this map brochure souvenier.

The bus will roam around while continuously dropping those tourists who want to visit a particular site. If you aren’t interested on the next destination, you can skip that off and continue with your desired one.

Fortunately for us, we decided to visit Gurudwara Bangla Sahib after googling it over the internet. It’s actually the Sikhs worship house or a church. Few practices I have noted upon this visit.

 

This drop-off seems so convenient as there’s already sign boards to where you are supposed to wait. Though you must, on the other hand, be very aware of those trying to lurk you around while waiting, if you know what I mean. Being time-conscious is also a helpful way to avoid being left behind and in return , had to wait another 40 minutes just like what exactly happened to us on our next destination, India Gate.

In the heart of India lies this symbol of bravery and patriotism. #JaiHind

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The Gate of India isn’t just known for the memorial site but also for its uber wide surrounding. I remembered having to walk around a hundred meters from the highway just to reach the gate under the scorching sun. Bad enough for my sister who had an ankle surgery.

Forty minutes wouldn’t really be enough not unless we’ll have to ride an auto rickshaw. So this explains why we were left despite being at the pick up only 10 minutes behind the scheduled pick up. Challenging as we have no way to track our bus’ location not unless we have to call the head office ourselves.

Next drop off:

Rashtrapati Bhavan

Yay, the caption says it all.

India's one of the most secured place, #Rashtrapati #Bhavan

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Short tour around #RashtrapatiBhawan. If there's any that makes this memorable, it was that police kept on chasing us away from the road.

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Finally, we’ve reached to this last destination, Dilli Haat. Still a few have left but really, the tour progressively became so exhausting, in addition to Delhi’s hot weather.

Obviously, we were pretty much hungry so we decided to end our tour with a food trip. Thankfully, a lot of food stalls were available to offer variety of food .

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Feast feels, right? Hahah

After awhile, we continued roaming around the stalls. They ended up buying some sarees, long skirts and souvenier. While canvassing, one particular encounter almost went to an argument as caused by language barrier and misunderstanding. Thus, if you aren’t sure that you will buy an item, it would help a lot to refrain from asking or you’ll ended up listening to their “seemingly” unsolicited buy-from-me-or-ask-me-not kind of speech. (PS: I prefer to describe that situation as such as I could be wrong since there was a clear misunderstanding caused by language barrier.) This could somehow ruin your shopping experience. Otherwise, some salesmen would give you the pleasure to choose items and explore other item yourselves.

Either you listen to me or experience it yourself. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

 

 

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