There are a lot of ways how a story-teller or blogger would put their contents out there. So I decided to write the things we have experienced per city in different blog posts. Reason being, there a lot of things to know in just a single piece of land. Let’s enjoy and learn them slowly.
From Dubai we had a shuttle bus going to Abu Dhabi International Airport and had almost 4 hours flight with Etihad Airways to Indira Gandhi International Airport. At first, let me be honest with you, India was not an initial plan for our mini honeymoon. It was initially a plan between Amsterdam and Armenia or Georgia but since my in-laws will be there for a business trip, we decided to meet them instead since we won’t be able to come home on Christmas Eve this year. So a lot of people asked why India and the same answer I am giving to satisfy their unending whys.
We had the perfect time on the plane with Etihad as usual, customer service as superb as ever. We landed around 7:30 PM local time. The airport seems to be equally beautiful with the Philippines.
Airport except for the wi-fi connectivity. You need to have their sim card before you could connect unlike to other airports who connects you without any conditions. First advice, buy a sim card and register for wi-fi or prepare to be charged for roaming.
When you go to the transportation area, you have an option to ride the bus, taxi with meter or pre-paid taxi. We opted for the pre-paid taxi. We paid 550 Rupees (29 AED) going to our hotel in DB Gupta Road, Paharganj New Delhi. The congestion of vehicles on the way was heavier than we expected. Our 20 minutes travel became an hour and a half because of road constructions.
Ending the day, Delhi at night overall is like Malate of Manila. We stayed at Singh Empire which is pretty decent on pictures at first. When we arrived we were greeted in a narrow reception and assisted us to our room. To our surprise, it’s still unclean. The bed sheets as they claim as new looked yellowish. I’m not convinced that this is really what we paid for so I came to the reception to change the room and they gave us a newly renovated room. Another lesson to put in mind, get what you deserve!
Singh Empire Standard Hotel for 1764 Rupees(90 AED) per night. Double Bed. Bed Sheet Clean. Bathroom Clean. Hot Shower- present! Good to go for the next 2 days.
We only drank Aquafina as our water and even for brushing our teeth. Something my husband researched thru different blogs to avoid Indian belly. You also need to check if all the faucets are cleaned. Sometimes cockroaches come out of the sink too so they put mothballs on them. For food, we had chicken burger in Mcdonald’s for dinner. Good thing it was just beside the hotel.
Official Day 1 Tour
Tuktuk became our transportation.
DB Gupta in the morning. The streets are narrow but there are more interactions with people. They seem to be knowing each other from every block which makes a good impression for Indians to be relational.
First stop- Red Fort- Entrance Fee 600 Rupees
This was built by emperor Shah Jahan when he shifted his capital from Agra to Delhi or what was known as Shahjahanabad at that time. The fort became the political hub of the Mughals. Under Shah Jahan, Mughal art and architecture reached it’s zenith. One can see the blending of Indo-Islamic, Timurid, Hindu and Persian forms of architecture in several facets of the Red Fort. It’s made up of red sand stone and houses several other smaller buildings such as the private pavallions, the Diwan-i-aam, the Diwan-i-khas. The Red Fort is one of the most popular UNESO World Heritage Sites in India and is managed directly by the Archaeological Survey of India.
Second Stop- Charkha Museum by Ghandi – Entrance Fee 20 Rupees
New Delhi Municipal Council has collaborated with KVIC to make a Charkha Monument on the park above Palika Parking, opposite the Khadi Gramodyog Bhavan in Connaught Place. National Museum of Charkha was inaugrated on 21st May, 2017. This Museum is a window to the great heritage of Indian Chakha, embodying the philosophy of self-reliance. NDMC has installed a 26-ft-long(about 8 meters) Charkha. It is 13 feet(about 4 meters) high and weighs around 5 tonnes. This charkha, the biggest in the world, is made of high quality stainless steel and is installed over an open platform area of 9 meter(about 30 ft) long and 6 meter wide. It is build in such a way so as to withstand all-weather conditions, such as, sun, rain, fog/mist, wind, hail storm etc. The grand weather-proof monument celebrates the continued importance of Charkha as a symbol of Nationalism. (http://charkha.ndmc.gov.in/about_charkha_museum.html)
Third Stop- Jantar Mantar- Entrance 300 Rupees
Jantar Mantar is located in the modern city of New Delhi. It consists of 13 architectural astronomy instruments. The site is one of five built by MaharajaJai Singh II of Jaipur, from 1723 onwards, as he was given by Mughal Emperor Shah the task of revising the calendar and astronomical tables.
The primary purpose of the observatory was to compile astronomical tables, and to predict the times and movements of the sun, moon and planets. Some of these purposes nowadays would be classified as astronomy.
SECOND DAY- November 18, we are ready to hit the road to Agra but we won’t miss the famous Humayun’s Tomb. Entance Fee 600 Rupees
Humayun’s tomb (Maqbaer-e-Humayun) is the tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun in Delhi, India. The tomb was commissioned by Humayun’s first wife and chief consort, Empress Bega Begum (also known as Haji Begum), in 1569-70, and designed by Mirak Mirza Ghiyas and his son, Sayyid Muhammad, Persian architects chosen by her.
The rich culture of India makes me want to stay more. We crave for it! But a day has to end from here. By the way, we ate really late. Still at Mcdonalds because we are unsure on what to choose and if they are not spicy! There are a lot of places to visit in this small city and for sure we would come back. After which, we booked a cab going to Agra to see Taj Mahal. From this point we have not realized the importance of tour guides yet. All of these are DIYs.