Delhi is a very modern Indian city with amenities that can be compared to any big city of the world. But as one of my VT friends had put it, Indian roads cannot be imagined without animals, Delhi too is no exception, or should I say, it is full of animals all around! In Delhi, just keep an eye for it and you will come across horses (and horse drawn carriages), cows (and cow-pulled good carriages), buffalos, camels, goats, donkeys (with loads on their back), monkeys (ofcourse), apart from cats, dogs, pigeons and crows that are all around as usual. Delhi seems to have too many of them, and I guess it must be interesting for tourists, if ofcourse, you are not too nosy and choosy about surroundings. This is life in India, and we are just so used to it that we don't even notice.
If you would need to caugh a bus, a train or a flight, then you will have the problem of the queue.
In India, as well as in a lot of places in Asia, there is no respect for queue
The rule is: the first one speak is the first that has to be listened!
Altough you are waiting for your turn, you will detect that hundreds of people will jump on your shoulder trying to overtake you...it will take away your hair..something really bad! Be patient, that’s the only thing to do!
Surrounded in Scaffolding
The Statue which is made up of brick and cement, stands at 175 feet high. The construction began in 1991 but it is still surrounded in scaffolding because of a design flaw that was discovered making it unsafe. And so even today, the bamboo casing still enshrouds Hanuman and is apparently only taken off when the termites occupy more than their fair share of the bamboo and the poles are replaced. There is a temple that lays at the base of the statue. While I didn’t go inside there are apparently a variety of deities displayed in the two storied temple.
Location : Pusa Road and Link Road, Karolbagh
At the malls
If you find the haggling at the local market a bit too mu, a good alternative are the malls, where the prices are fixed and the quality is somewhat more assured. Just south of Delhi, Gurgaon sports a few good malls which offer anything from book to crafts to decoration. See my Gurgaon page for details.
The changes on the airports scenario in India are coming into play rapidly. After decades of crumbling airports and infrastructure in general, there is a huge investment into that sector finally and theres new/upgraded airports springing up in various cities.
Delhi airport now has a swanky new domestic terminal and a soon to be commissioned integrated domestic/international terminal, which will be one of the largest in the world.
The current new domestic terminal will then serve as an exclusive terminal for the budget airlines.
For those who may remember the old domestic terminal (1B), that has already been demolished. If you are flying Air India (domestic), however, you need to use the old termila 1A. That too has been rennovated and once the brand new terminal is operational, it is scheduled to be demolished as well.
They are also connecting the airport to central Delhi via a high speed rail network, and work on that is nearing completion, and will be operational, in time for the upcoming Commonwealth games. Passengers will bbe able to check in at the stations itself...