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Day 1 In New Delhi

Hi everyone,

We’re here!!!! Oh my gosh we are finally in India!! It is so beautiful here and the people are actually really friendly. So we landed in New Delhi at the Indira Gandhi International Airport early this morning. From there we took the Delhi Metro which is their transit system here to our hotel to drop off our luggage. From there we jump on a bus and took it to the Rajghat. The Rajghat is a black marble platform and we’re going to visit it because it is the place where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated. It was constructed in 1921 and Gandhi’s cremation was held on January 31, 1950. Rajghat was really an amazing thing to see because you could almost feel a presence there; well at least I could almost feel one. So after we finished at Rajghat we headed out to explore the city and go to see Jantar Mantar, which is the Indian Astronomical Observatory built in 1724 which was actually really neat. The building design was quite unique with the stone used and the shape of the building. After spending a couple of hours at the Jantar Mantar we jumped on the bus again to go to the Paharganj, which is supposed to be one of the best places to bargain shop in India. According to the guide book you can find a lot of things there like clothes, shoes, jewelry, books, music, textiles, handicrafts, hookah pipes, incense and things like that. Paharganj is located in the Paharganj Main Bazaar, opposite the New Delhi Railway Station. After the girls and I have done some serious souvenir shopping we are going to stay at the hostel called Home Away From Home, which is a hostel that is only for ladies travelling in India.

Anyways everyone should be going to go to bed now, we’re all pretty jetlagged.
Shubha Raatri (good night)

Jantar Mantar
paharganj.jpg Paharganj

Posted by india2010 17:08

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You seem to keep pretty busy throughout your days!
Public transportation in India is usually crowded, how did you deal with that?

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