So we are finally in India! We got the plane from Singapore and it landed in Delhi at 2.00am. We weren't sure what to expect when we arrived, but we went to get a taxi and the guy told us it was cheaper to get the bus, so we did! The bus dropped us off about 1km from where we wanted to go and we walked the rest of the way. It was by this time about 4am and there was no cars, and hardly any people - the people we did see only wanted us to take a taxi or rickshaw so we just kept walking till we got to our hotel. We had booked the hotel, but they booked us into the one next door which was fine, it was nice and clean and the same price anyway. We were tired so we slept and set the alarm for about 10am the next day.
The next day was a completely different story!! The heat came out, the stalls in the bazaars came out, the cows came out...!!! It really is a strange thing when you are walking down a street packed with people and cars and bikes, and everyone is trying to dodge this cow that is just strolling down the road!
We had decided to go to Agra in a couple of days so we headed for the train station to book our tickets. We'd been warned about people trying to sell dodgy tickets, but we knew to go to the international ticket office on the first floor of the train station. To try and trick people, travel agents have renamed their agencies "international ticket office, first floor"!! good try!! we booked the train for a couple of days and went to get our first meal. The food here is delicious, every meal is a treat, and Jack is addicted to Chapati's!!! After lunch we took a walk to Connaught Place. It's just a really busy mess of streets, and we couldn't walk down the road for more than 10 seconds without someone latching on to us trying to take us to their shop, or their friends shop so we headed back to get some rest.
The next day we got up and went to the Red Fort where the sultan used to live. After that we went to the Ghandi Memorial. It was such a nice memorial, and there is so much information about Ghandi there. There is also concrete footsteps to show his last steps up to the place that he was assassinated. We then took a trip to the Delhi Gate, which is much like the Arc de Triumph and to the Prime Ministers house. On our way there, the prime minister when past with his enterrage of about 20 cars!! Pretty cool. When we got back to the hotel, Jack got his popcorn fix from the street vendor - 10 rupees for a big bag of popcorn (88 rupees is a pound) which is not bad!
The next day we got up to go and get our train to Agra. We both really like India, even with all the wierd smells (especially when you walk past the 'public toilet' which is just a wall where men pee) and the busy busy streets, it just makes it exciting! Everyone is really friendly (sometimes not so friendly when they talk to you for ages and then try and make you buy something, and you say no!!) and the food is absolutely amazing!