January 14 – New Delhi
(written by Ashby Leavell, video by Raakel Toppila, photos by Aubree Pack)
(A common view from our travel van…)
(We’re still on the fence as to whether they are crazy-efficient here, or just plain crazy…)
Our crew was ready for the break day in New Delhi to relax, explore, and… go shopping. A group left midmorning to look through the government emporium shops nearby, featuring shops from each region of India. Vendors hawked colorful silk scarves and metal trinkets galore. We tried our hand at bargaining, wandered in and out of most of the shops, and left happy.
(Matt discovers that he is ‘wanted’ in India…)
Our food expert, Longwood gardener Pandora Young, guided us to Old Delhi for lunch. Bustling does not begin to describe the street we navigated on the way there. Keep in mind that roughly 20 million people are estimated to live in Delhi. The blare of car horns and shopkeepers shouting filled the air and mingled with the aromas of street food along the way.
Video Link: A street walking experience in Delhi
(Part of the group waits for a gap in the traffic so they can cross the road)
(He is making jalebis, a treat that some of the group have been able to try while eating at local restaurants)
After lunch we visited the massive Red Fort, a Mughal construction from the 17th century. Its red sandstone walls are surrounded by a deep moat and extend for 2km in the old section of the city. We stopped at the iconic India Gate for photographs before heading back for the evening.
(The Red Fort – a stunningly large complex!)
(India Gate – it’s a lot bigger than it looks! A picture simply can’t capture its grandeur…)
(at least SOMEONE was resting today… )