New and Old Delhi

After I left Dad in Kathmandu to arrange a new passport, I flew to Delhi to backpack around northern India for a couple of weeks.  I had been wanting to get to India for years and I couldn’t resist the temptation to add it in to the Nepal trip.

It was May/June when I was there and just before the start of the monsoon.  I can honestly say that I’ve NEVER been in hotter conditions in all my life – the average daily temperature was a blisteringly hot 44-45degC!  Especially as I’d just come from the cooler climes of the Nepalese Himalaya!  Luckily it was fairly dry and not very humid so it was tolerable – just.

I spent a few days exploring Delhi because I’d been told that the city actually had a lot to offer.  I visited the Red Fort, Humayun’s Tomb (a magnificent predecessor to the Taj Mahal) and Jama Masjid (the largest mosque in the city).  I also made the effort to go and see where Gandhi was cremated after his assassination.

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A typical Delhi street scene.                   Gandhi’s cremation site.

The beautiful Humayun’s Tomb…

These screens within the tomb are carved from a single piece of stone!

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