Coy and I had thought we would be able to scout for lodgings upon arrival but since we took an evening flight, we decided to book a room for the night, and have the hotel arrange for an airport transfer as well, saving time on waiting in line at the taxi stand.
Oberoi Group’s Maidens Hotel is one of Delhi’s oldest hotel, situated in the older part of the city. It was the most comfortable of all the places we stayed during our trip. Yang paling mahal pun, memang patut la kan.
From the airport to the hotel, we got out first taste of Indian traffic. One, it’s noisy. Two, it’s crazy! There are cars, motorbikes, tuk tuks and COWS all trying to get somewhere, not to mention people crossing at any point and whenever because the lights are either not working or entirely ignored. Aku ingat driver KL dah teruk, sini lagi dahsyat.
In the morning, went to see some sights. Had to take a rickshaw to Jama Masjid and Lal Qila (Red Fort). It has been ages since I got on a beca anywhere so it was quite unnerving to say the least. The Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Museum and Library was a real gem, despite its understated look. The library was closed but it was still a good place to visit if you’re into history. You could even listen to Gandhi speaking through special phones, in Hindi (I think) and English. Very cool.
Delhi was brimming with people. Literally bersepah, ok. And it’s not a town where you can walk on your own everywhere, unless you want to take the cramped buses, or try the new subway. Both of us didn’t plan to really rough it out, and in the end, we hired a car for the rest of our trip. So Mr. Ajit Singh had the pleasure to drive us all over Delhi, Agra and Jaipur.
I ended the day by doing most of my shopping for the entire trip. Damn the lovely sarees!