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First stop New Delhi.

Initially a bit terrifying with the taxi-driver/tout welcoming us by trying to rip us off - the usual scam (thanks to the guide we knew about this). Fun to look back upon I suppose - we came out of it without having to pay more, just a bit of aggravation.

[caption id="attachment_248" align="aligncenter" width="533"] The Red Fort, New Delhi.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_249" align="aligncenter" width="545"] The Red Fort, New Delhi.[/caption]

For someone who's used to clean streets and organised traffic New Delhi takes a bit getting used to. At the end of our first day I started to feel more comfortable, and regaining my confidence. It's against my nature to ignore people when they greet me to start talking to me, but soon realised the best tactic to avoid being hassled is to pretend they're not there and not to make eye contact - they will swiftly move on to their next target.

[caption id="attachment_251" align="aligncenter" width="545"] Nizamuddin Dargah, New Delhi.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_253" align="aligncenter" width="533"] Nizamuddin Dargah, New Delhi.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_255" align="aligncenter" width="533"] Nizamuddin Dargah, New Delhi.[/caption]

Once acclimatised to the place I've grown to love the hustle and bustle, despite the dust and pollution. I was surprised by the amount of dust and pollution in the air, which makes the visibility very poor - you start to notice the haze when looking at something only a few meters away. Whenever I get the chance to wash my hands with good old water and soap it's like a luxurious treat. You find the dust quickly sticks to your skin and make you feel dirty.

[caption id="attachment_256" align="aligncenter" width="545"] Nizamuddin, New Delhi.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_257" align="aligncenter" width="545"] Nizamuddin, New Delhi.[/caption]

The slums are a very sad sight - you wouldn't thought it possible to live in such squalor. The stench itself could kill a sensitive westerner, let alone living and eating in the midst of the filth and sewage-like drains. Wherever you look there is the constant reminder of the extreme poverty. Small kids begging or working hard manual labour with rags for clothes and no shoes.

[caption id="attachment_258" align="aligncenter" width="533"] New Delhi.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_264" align="aligncenter" width="545"] Nizamuddin, New Delhi.[/caption]

The food so far has been very good, and the aromas wafting out from the street kitchens are intoxicating. But I think it's a good idea to be a bit cautious as some stores does look a lot less hygienic than the nicer ones. I wanted to take some photos of my food, but was so eager to tuck into it when it arrived that I completely forgot about it before this morning's breakfast (which was very lovely) at Sam's Cafe on the main bazaar, close to the New Delhi Railway Station.

[caption id="attachment_294" align="aligncenter" width="533"] Breakfast at Sam's Cafe on their roof-terrace.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_297" align="aligncenter" width="545"] View from Sam's Cafe of Main Bazar, close to the New Delhi Railway Station.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_282" align="aligncenter" width="545"] Dilli Haat market, New Delhi.
Recommended for some good food and a more tranquil experience.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_283" align="aligncenter" width="533"] Dilli Haat market, New Delhi.
Recommended for some good food and a more tranquil experience.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_285" align="aligncenter" width="545"] Dilli Haat market, New Delhi.
Recommended for some good food and a more tranquil experience.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_286" align="aligncenter" width="545"] Dilli Haat market, New Delhi.
Recommended for some good food and a more tranquil experience.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_287" align="aligncenter" width="545"] Dilli Haat market, New Delhi.
Recommended for some good food and a more tranquil experience.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_290" align="aligncenter" width="545"] Dilli Haat market, New Delhi.
Recommended for some good food and a more tranquil experience.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_291" align="aligncenter" width="545"] Dilli Haat market, New Delhi.
Recommended for some good food and a more tranquil experience.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_259" align="aligncenter" width="545"] Rajpath towards India Gate, New Delhi.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_262" align="aligncenter" width="533"] India Gate, New Delhi.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_263" align="aligncenter" width="533"] India Gate, New Delhi.[/caption]

In New Delhi we got to see the Red Fort, evening prayers at the Nizamuddin Dargah, India Gate, Humayun's Tomb, Dilli Haat Market and Connaught Place. We stayed in a friendly budget hotel called the Hotel Amax Inn.

[caption id="attachment_295" align="aligncenter" width="533"] Arakashan Road next to our Hotel Amax Inn.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_267" align="aligncenter" width="545"] Humayun's Tomb - World Heritage Site, New Delhi.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_268" align="aligncenter" width="545"] Humayun's Tomb - World Heritage Site, New Delhi.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_269" align="aligncenter" width="533"] Humayun's Tomb - World Heritage Site, New Delhi.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_270" align="aligncenter" width="545"] Humayun's Tomb - World Heritage Site, New Delhi.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_272" align="aligncenter" width="545"] Humayun's Tomb - World Heritage Site, New Delhi.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_273" align="aligncenter" width="545"] Humayun's Tomb - World Heritage Site, New Delhi.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_276" align="aligncenter" width="545"] Humayun's Tomb - World Heritage Site, New Delhi.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_277" align="aligncenter" width="533"] Humayun's Tomb - World Heritage Site, New Delhi.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_278" align="aligncenter" width="533"] Humayun's Tomb - World Heritage Site, New Delhi.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_280" align="aligncenter" width="545"] Humayun's Tomb - World Heritage Site, New Delhi.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_281" align="aligncenter" width="533"] Hannah at the Humayun's Tomb - World Heritage Site, New Delhi.[/caption]

Next stop is Amritsar - a quick eight hour journey by train from New Delhi. Air-Con Chair Class was all that was available, which is comfortable enough but the carriages are slightly grotty.

[caption id="attachment_292" align="aligncenter" width="533"] Main Bazar next to New Delhi Railway Station.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_293" align="aligncenter" width="545"] Off the Main Bazar next to New Delhi Railway Station.[/caption]