Delhi 2: Back in the belly of the beast

Our return to Delhi was more than anything else a way to re-route our travels in India towards the Ganges, eventually reaching Calcutta and from there the far off Andaman archipelago. Being back in Delhi was also the first time in our trip that we were encountering something familiar, a place we had already been to before. This time around the griminess of Paharganj was hardly noticeable. Among the groups of travellers that converge in the neighborhood, we could easily tell the freshly arrived from the seasoned, counting ourselves in the latter group. We met Sami the first night there. After traveling unsuccessfully alone for some weeks we tried to cheer him up, convincing him that India ain’t that bad, that the occasional discomfort is well surpassed by wonderful experiences. We took him along with us for two days of sight-seeing, completing the list of monuments that we didn’t get to the first time around. Despite the smog, aggressive traffic, and masses of people, Delhi is a city that should be enjoyed. We found ways to do just that.

Lutyens’ Delhi Parliament

Lutyens’ Delhi Parliament

India Gate

Ali Isa Khan Niazi tomb

Ali Isa Khan Niazi tomb

Ali Isa Khan Niazi tomb

Humayun tomb gate

Humayun tomb

Ice cream outside the Lotus Temple

Spicy thali outside the Lotus Temple

The ecumenical Lotus Temple

Qutub Minar complex

Qutub Minar complex

Qutub Minar complex

Qutub Minar complex

Sami meets a man happy that they share the same faith

a Sikh family on the move

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