New Delhi is the capital of India and the largest city in that country. The part that sucks for my trip was that I was only there as a port to arrive and leave India. If you remember, the first time around I left immediately on a bus enroute to my host in the himalayas. This time I was able to spend a couple days before my flight to Australia.
I stayed at a hotel in the older downtown area(that's what I was told). The street was filled with hotels.
Here is a pic of my street at night.
I was in Delhi for the 2 days leading up to the biggest religious festival of the year, Diwali - Festival of Lights. Diwali involves the lighting of small clay lamps filled with oil to signify the triumph of good over evil. These lamps are kept on during the night and one's house is cleaned, both done in order to make the goddess Lakshmi feel welcome. Firecrackers are burst in order to drive away evil spirits. During Diwali, all the celebrants wear new clothes and share sweets and snacks with family members and friends. The streets around where my hotel was located were filled with people buying good in preparation of the celebration. The streets are crowded in general but were more crowded because of the festival.
Also on the street of my hotel there was a barbershop run by a young man. I noticed he had Justin Beiber on his sign above his shop and wanted to take some pics.
I started talking to the guys and they wanted to take some pics.
check out this guys shirt. hahahaha Adam Levine look-alike alert!!!!
While walking around the city my first day I decided to take a ride on an autorickshaw. During this ride I took some pics of traffic on the streets around me.
It still blows my mind that people walk in the streets pulling carts full of metal like this.
I stopped by one of the tourist hot spots of Delhi, the India Gate. This is a memorial to the fallen soldiers of the wars that India has been involved in. While I was there a ceremony was being performed by some soldiers.
I had met a young couple from Delhi up on Thanedhar and got their contact info knowing I was going to be in Delhi at some point before leaving India. I connected with Kanishka and Tarannum and had a great time. Kanishka drove me around the city showing me all the great places to eat.
That night we went out for dinner at a Parantha place. Parantha are one of the most popular flat-breads in Indian cuisine, Pakistani cuisine and Bengali cuisine and is made by pan frying whole-wheat dough on a tava. The paratha dough usually contains ghee or cooking oil which is also layered on the freshly prepared paratha. Parathas are usually stuffed with vegetables such as boiled potatoes, leaf vegetables, radishes or cauliflower and/or paneer (South Asian cheese). The ones we ordered were stuffed with meat though.
I was so stuffed after this day of food. When we went back to his house his parents were there celebrating Diwali eve and were focring sweets on me. So good. I wish I would have gotten some pics of those. :(
While we were driving around he was also picking up items for the Diwali celebration. We stopped by a few places for him to pick up flowers.
I also helped them decorate their house with lights.
Kids were lighting fireworks in the streets for the festival as well. I had a great time hanging out with Kanishka and Tarannum in Delhi and up in Thanedhar. I have stayed in contact with them and hope that they will come visit me in Bangalore so I can show them around that city and repay them for their kindness to me during my visit in Delhi.