India: India’s Cricket World Cup Win From New Delhi

By , May 3, 2011 5:42 am
Pride For India's Big Win

Pride For India's Big Win

Half awake in the early morning, we arrive in New Delhi by train. There are many budget accommodations nearby the train station, but prices overall are higher and hotels are filthier here compared to Varanasi.

With roaring stomachs, it is time to get some lunch. We are not in the mood for any tourist restaurants so we start walking away from the crowds and somehow after taking many left and right turns, we find a tiny restaurant serving dosas, something we had not tried yet. Watching Boris eat this dish is entertaining, as he looks so happy after each bite. Dosas look a lot like a French crepe that you dip in different spicy sauces. If you are in New Delhi, stop by Udipi South Indian Food restaurant.

New Delhi is a chaotic city. Being here while India is hosting the Cricket World Cup doesn’t help either. Whenever there is a game, all eyes are glued to the television screens. On our last day in New Delhi, it is the semi-final game between India and their biggest rival, Pakistan. Shops close early and there are large projector screens in the middle of the streets at every block airing the game. The moments leading to India’s win, the crowds start to get crazy. At the final win, fireworks go off in the streets, flags are out and people are jumping on top of the large crowds. For us, it is great to see all this energy and pride and be part of a historic moment for India.

Cricket World Cup

Cricket World Cup

Win For India!

Win For India!

Celebration Time

Celebration Time

Calls For Fireworks

Calls For Fireworks

During lunch one day, we meet a very nice local. He is in Delhi to do some shopping for his shop. After some talking, I ask if we can join him and he is more than happy to have us along. The next few hours, I am ecstatic as I follow this local man around as he shops. He has great taste for things and we discover the various shopping areas for decorations and local handcrafts. Since he is a shop owner, all these places he takes us to have wholesale prices.

Shopping Time

Shopping Time

There are many sites to visit within New Delhi. I honestly didn’t enjoy many of them as there are lots of construction work going on and the entrance fees are a little steep. However, there is one place I really like, which is the Jama Masjid Mosque, within the Old City. Admission is free but there is a large fee for having a camera, which most tourists will have on them. As we walk around the mosque, there is a good amount of locals as well as tourists. In the middle of the plaza is a watering hole where many locals come to drink or wash in. I enjoy just sitting in this sunny spot and do some people watching. Boris leaves me and goes up one of the towers to get a great view of the city.

Jama Masjid Mosque

Jama Masjid Mosque

Inside Mosque

Inside Mosque

Old Delhi

Old Delhi

The Red Fort Complex

The Red Fort Complex

Watering Hole

Watering Hole

One of the things that shocked me the most in New Delhi are the public toilets for men. Besides being in the open in random alleys, the best way to describe it is a wall designated for peeing. It turns out to be very common so just be careful what you walk into as you roam the streets.

The other thing to be aware of is the tourist train booking office inside the New Delhi train station. This is a great perk of being a tourist as you can book same day train tickets for the same price without waiting in long lines. However, there are people that will try to stray you away by telling you the office is somewhere else or it is closed, don’t believe them.

Red Fort Or Lal Qila

Red Fort Or Lal Qila

Courtyard

Courtyard

Pavilions In Courtyard

Pavilions In Courtyard

Much Ornamental Work To Appreciate

Much Ornamental Work To Appreciate

MuiMui Completely Covered From The Dirt

MuiMui Completely Covered From The Dirt

Humayun's Tomb

Humayun's Tomb

Design

Design

MuiMui

MuiMui

Lotus Temple

Lotus Temple

Girl With Beautiful Blue Eyes

Girl With Beautiful Blue Eyes

Kids Playing Outside Of Mosque

Kids Playing Outside Of Mosque

Local Shop Owner

Local Shop Owner

Frenchie & Me

Frenchie & Me

What We Paid: INR USD Euro
– Train from Varanasi to New Delhi in 2nd class sleeper with AC 1045/pp 23.65 16.20
– Private double room at My Inn [private bathroom, AC, free wifi] 600/double 13.5 9
– Lunch @ Udipi South Indian Food restaurant 25/pp 0.55 0.40
– Lunch @ Sarvana Bhawan South Indian chain restaurant 90/pp 2 1.4
– Dinner 80/pp 1.8 1.2
– Coffee in the street 10 0.22 0.15
– 1L water bottle 10 0.22 0.15
– 10 minutes on an auto rickshaw 25/ride 0.56 0.38
– Entrance to Jama Masjid Mosque 0 0 0
– Camera fee @ Jama Masjid Mosque 200 4.5 3
– Entrance to the tower @ Jama Masjid Mosque 100/pp 2.25 1.52
– Entrance @ Red Fort 250/pp 5.6 3.8
– Entrance @ Humayun’s Tomb 250/pp 5.6 3.8

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One Response to “India: India’s Cricket World Cup Win From New Delhi”

  1. Vicky says:

    I remember of sntiyag at a hotel in Mahipalpur area(10-15m drive
    from both the terminals) last year. I don’t remember the name
    though .It was about Rs. 1500 for an A/C type room just for a
    night.They would quote some high price if you show up with a lot of
    luggage.Don’t forget to bargain.You can get a prepaid taxi at the
    airport counter and ask the taxi driver to take some hotel.

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