Tomorrow we leave Delhi for the next leg of our trip; a whistle stop tour of Rajasthan.
We chose Delhi as the first stop of our round the world trip in order to throw ourselves in at the deep end and test out mettle but truth be told it has been really easy and chilled.
We haven’t felt especially culture shocked. New Delhi is a modern Metropolis (with some cows thrown in). There are Starbucks and people staring at their smartphones. The Metro is clean and efficient. Yes it is hot and dusty, yes the traffic is crazy and yes there’s is heart breaking poverty but not so much of the in-yer-face variety I had expected.
There are plenty of things to do with the children; Delhi Zoo, a vast number of parks and a number of museums. The Natural History Museum and the National Science Centre were big hits with the kids.
We spent a day in Old Delhi and that was definitely a different story. It is an assault on all the senses. But even there we weren’t hassled by hawkers only people wanting to meet the boys (which happens everywhere we go).
Our first digs are a way out of town. It takes about 40 minutes on the Metro. Whilst this could be a disadvantage for someone wanting to visit all of Delhi’s temples and landmarks we have found it really positive.
Sushant Lok in Gurgaon is a really lovely area, way off the tourist trail. Our hosts are wonderful and bent over backwards to help us. There is a park nearby where the boys have played with the local kids. We have used the swimming pool a couple of times at a nearby hotel. And the food at the local market is delicious.
So we say goodbye to our ‘Delhi House’ I think we’ll miss it here.