There’s no doubting Delhi has some amazing sites to see for tourists. India Gate, Humayun’s Tomb, the Qutb Complex, the Red Fort and Hauz Khas Village are all beautiful and special in their own unique ways. Then there’s Chandni Chowk, Delhi’s busiest street, and the laneways of Old Delhi which are an adventure in themselves. These two places are not for the feint hearted, they’re crowded, noisy, and a little smelly at times, but no trip to Delhi is complete unless you’ve experienced the madness and chaos of these two places.
But then there’s the other side of Delhi, the people who see a tourist and don’t think about how they can help them or make their visit more enjoyable, but how they can extract money from them one way or the other. Tourists are targets for so many of Delhi’s inhabitants that once you’ve experienced a scam attempt or two, or had people help you with directions or lifting bags without asking then expect payment, or had the 100th beggar approach your taxi at a traffic intersection (as sad as that is), it detracts considerably from your trip.
To be perfectly honest, we were there for just two and a half days, and we couldn’t wait to get out of the place. Did we enjoy the sites we saw? Of course. Did we leave Delhi with positive things to say? Not really. Why? Because what truly makes a place is the people, and unfortunately for Delhi, the people simply aren’t interested in helping, all they are interested in is your money, and that’s a real shame because Delhi has so much potential.
Click play on the video below to see some of the amazing sites and streets of Delhi…
MUSIC: “14” by Jahzzar