So this was where my hardcore India experience really started. New Delhi, as everyone should know, is India’s bustling capital. We arrived at New Delhi train station and was whisked by our host, Smyle Inn, to Main Bazaar. We spent two nights in New Delhi. Ate steak for the first time in weeks and met a blogger friend we truly admire.
As soon as our car left the train hub, the famous India traffic jam greeted us. I felt I was in downtown Manila but in a much noisier version. Car fumes, car horns, yowling machines are heard in the four corners of our vehicle. We were already at the heart of India and I was just beginning to see how busy and lively it is.
|Main Bazaar, New Delhi|
Before our departure from Manila, we got in touch with a respected travel blogger in the name of Marcos Caratao of ambot-ah.com. Now, those in the living in the traveling world, Marcos or Marcus as he prefers to be called, is looked up and admired upon. We agreed to meet at 2 PM at our hostel. He was on the last leg of his India trip before going to Nepal for another leg-breaking journey. We were a bit speechless upon shaking hands with him but we were really glad on how humble and unpretentious he actually is. Never really judge a book by its cover.
|Marcos, me and Marx|
Marx and I was able to settle down at about one in the afternoon. We searched for comfortable a restaurant serving familiar food. We were still gobbling down our lunch/breakfast at two in the afternoon. I was hoping that Marcos will not leave yet because we agreed to meet on exactly 2 PM. Twenty minutes later, I saw him immediately as soon as I turned left going into the inn lobby. Marcos was a picture of patience. I guess he really wanted familiar company after roaming around India for weeks.
First stop for us trio was Humayon’s Tomb. It was a huge complex of early Indian history. It is where the tomb of Mughal Emperor Humayun lies. A Unesco World Heritage Site, informative billboards are erected along the pathwalk leading to the main structure. Here, one can read about the history and what the government is continuously doing to preserve this monument. It sort of reminds me of a mini Taj Mahal, only brown in color.
The following day, Marx, Marcos and me spent an entire day out admiring the city. e had a bit of a hard time finding Jantar Mantar’s entrance. This strange looking edifice are actually astronomical of use in nature. Jantar Mantar literally means calculation instrument. Geometry students will enjoy exploring the grounds I must say. Better have your pen and papers ready.
|Early humans are real intelligent|
Qutab Minar is the tallest minar in India and is of ancient Muslim origin. Declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this minar is inscribed with Arabic inscriptions. It is best appreciated when viewed up close.
|Qutab Minar is much more superb up close
|I super like it|
We also dropped by at the Lotus Garden, Haus Khas Complex, Jama Masjid and watched the sounds and lights show at the Red Fort that night. We ended the day by having some drinks in a resto-bar along Main Bazaar. Though we wanted to extend the meet, Marcos was Nepal-bound the following day while me and Marx will finally be facing the highlight of our trip, Taj Mahal in Agra.
Reluctantly, we bid our goodbyes and hugged each other. Sadly, It was time for us to part ways.