I reached Delhi on the fourth of September. It was like any other day, however, it was something special for me to arrive at Delhi. This was the first time I was ever in the city. The city bore many attractions for me. Even slightest of hint of greenery was enough for me to feel special. Kathmandu has lost much of its charm with the felling of trees and forests to make way for tall buildings for humans to inhabit.
What I found as the most amazing thing in Delhi was the fact that it is so full of life. Buses, cars, taxis, “autos”, rickshaws and metro run 24/7 all the time. It works with a clockwork precision. Although I couldn’t visit the major landmarks of the city like Qutb Minar or Gate of India, the visit was still fruitful and enjoyable. What I found was that for one to enjoy, one need not visit the landmarks that other people visit. It all depends on one’s curiosity and energy to see the sights and feel the sounds of Delhi as is.
I cannot help but mention the man I met at Sewa Sadan (the place where we- my Aama, Aju dai and myself- stayed). The man was a person full of merry and he managed to entertain us despite his busy schedule of managing the place and the visitors. I could not get his name but I have his number with me. He gave me the number so that whenever I got lost in this vast city, I might be able to call him for help.
What intrigued me the most upon landing in the capital was the expanse and grandeur of Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA). My friend Bandana rightly pointed out in her blog post that people from Nepal would no doubt cringe when it comes to comparing our domestic airport with IGIA. With duty free shops selling you a variety of products from different varietals of wines to watches, chocolates to food stuffs, IGIA is definitely a haven or heaven for travelers. Not to mention the smoking areas there where I had this great opportunity of respite to go and take a few puffs from Marlboro lights which a traveler was happy to share.
What also intrigued me was the heat there. We are used to living in temperatures below 25 degrees Celsius. Delhi had to offer a temperature of 30-35 degrees Celsius. Nevertheless, it was fun to be in Delhi surviving in such a humid and dry weather. That’s the beauty of the place.
I ran into so many troubles in the city. Not to forget the small brawl I had with the hotel people who would not let me go without paying the rent. Not only this, I also had to face, an encounter with a Policeman at a PCO near the hotel. It was just horrible. However, the case was settled when my mother and brother came from Kathmandu and settled all the dues.
So far my trip to Delhi was full of ups and downs just like any other traveler’s would be. I would love to visit the place once again in the near future.
Thanks Delhi, thanks IGIA !!!