Delhi – the good, the bad and the ugly [video]

India Gate, Delhi India Gate, Delhi

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

2 Comments on Delhi – the good, the bad and the ugly [video]

  1. Ian Aranha // July 22, 2014 at 1:01 pm //

    Hey Chris:

    I am an expat Indian living in Seattle. I hear you. I really do apologize for the behavior of a few numbskulls. Can you take it into perspective? There is a huge crush of humanity in India. Huge! Jobs are limited and with the rising cost of living, making ends meet is getting harder! So, when they look at you, they automatically don’t see “YOU” but they see “$” for the taking. I’m not condoning, just explaining. I too wish there was some order and meaning to the chaos that is India. I’m so glad your prior experiences of traveling are helping you notice scams. Scams happen everywhere. It’s just more pronounced in India. One thing that would help is if you can find a guide that is honest and keep him for the duration of your stay in each city. (easier said than done, I know, but this was just an idea). When people see you with another Indian, they will think…”he’s already being scammed by that Indian. I better leave him alone.”

    Cheers mate!! Have a dosa for me!
    Enjoy your trip in India and keep on writing. I love reading your blog.

    Ian

    • Hi Ian, thanks for your comment, we very much appreciate it. I certainly hope I don’t come across as labelling all people from Delhi as bad apples, that certainly isn’t my intention. The problem is the only people we meet or encounter have ulterior motives. But we are learning, and our experience so far in Udaipur has lifted our spirits. We will certainly take your thoughts on the the huge numbers of people and job scarcity into account, it was clear people were finding it difficult to make ends meet. I promise to have dosa for you today, and I’m really happy you enjoy our blog. Again thanks for your comment…

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