Day 253

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Day 253… today its up and atom to go and see the tall brick minaret of Qutub Minar, which was started back in the 1100s, and explore the mighty Red Fort where we meet up with 2 late running members of the group. This morning explore the sights and sounds of Old Delhi! We set off on the city’s modern metro system, then walk through bustling streets, like the famous Chandni Chowk. Make a visit to the Jama Masjid, Delhi’s oldest mosque and one of its most impressive buildings, then visit the Sheeshganj Gurudwara (Sikh Temple) to learn about the Sikh religion and see them feed the poor masses for free every day… up to 20,000 poor daily! Then, since there has been a security issue at the spice markets, we grab a private bus instead and head out to the Tombs of Humayun and Khan where our tour guide has to head back to sort out some paperwork as he just finished with the last tour last night. So I am nominated as honorary guide/2i.c as we wader the tomb and its gardens/ruins. After that we head back through crazy traffic, protesters, heaps of closed streets and police blockades, uber-poor people trying to beg through the car windows, past monkey’s in garbage compactors hunting for scraps, a brief stop at India Gate (like a very, very ordinary Arc Du Triomphe) till we get to a nice restaurant and an early night as we are up at 4.30 am (again!) In the morn. On the way back we see a pack of monkey’s rummaging through garbage bins amongst the continual, aggressive horn honking and nightmarish road … um… rules? No… guidelines? No… utterly insane traffic chaos. Makes all of Indochina look organised in comparison!

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