arrived safely in Delhi courtesy of Jet Airways (a fantastic airline!).
Got to the hotel at 1am and woke this morning at midday due to not having put the correct time in the alarm clock. Got offered hashish, tours, tourist offices by the dozen and much more besides within about 5 minutes of leaving the hostel and walking down the main bazaar. Stopped due to fatigue about 300 yds from the hostel and had breakfast where we were hassled again but at least this time we had a cup of tea and some food to distract us.
Spent the afternoon wandering aimlessly around Connaught Place trying to find where the centre was, eventually took a cycle rickshaw (poor chap) who dropped us off where we needed to be. Arranged a 19 day trip around Rajasthan (I know its a little bit of a cop-out but everything is arranged for us), then at least we can spend the rest of the time roughing it and travelling by ourselves. We are flying from Varanasi to Kathmandu on the 19th of April and intend to stay in Nepal for a couple of weeks depending on how much we like it of course.
The weather isn't unbearably hot, and we have been walking the streets without leaving a trail of sweat dripping behind us - which is a good thing - instead we leave a trail of tourist information touts, all ready for the next travelling type person to come along.
On the up side Delhi is a fascinating place and the traffic is better than a roller coaster ride at Disneyland or the start ofa MotoGP bike race. We have never seen a 2 lane highway used as a 4 lane highway quite as effectively as here. However Delhi is Delhi and we are bailing out of here on Wednesday and heading into Rajsasthan (if the tour operator is kosher - in which case we will be going to the police station). We are checking out of our hostel tomorrow morning and going to a family stay house on the outskirts of Delhi, which should be a treat.
Tomorrow we are taking a driver to show us the sights of Delhi, you don't need anyone to show you the sounds of Delhi they are self evident pretty much 24/7. Someone should compose a symphony for Delhi, car horns, bike horns, bicycle bells and general chaos but very exhilirating.
Signing off now to head out into the Main Bazaar to try and find another tourist tout (and dinner).