We were in New Delhi after a long flight. The capital of India, New Delhi, was a very crowded and noisy city. The unstoppable air horn noise enhanced the flight fatigue I had, but then I pulled myself together and said “there shall be no fatigue in travelling” right away. Our hotel was in the Connaught Place area that consolates are placed. Right away after we left our luggage in the hotel, we started the tour.
Our first stop was Red Ford, which we were going to soo a bigger version in Agra. We did not get in because we knew that we were going to see the one in Agra. It was a well-timed action. Because the one in Agra was a lot bigger and had a river flowing before it. After photographing it from the outside, we headed to the Old Bazaar area.
Many people with different belief systems live together in India. You can mostly guess their religion depending on their clothes. For example, Sikhs wear a quilted cloth on their head and they do not cut their hair. Jainists usually wear white or beige colored clothes and mostly walk around bare feet. Hindus paint tikas in between their eyebrows.
Even though Delhi is the capital, except some areas, it is just like a wrecked city. The most luxurious part is Connaught Place and around. Most of the people live in tents or on streets. Any wall is a toilet. Naturally you can see people excereting with their backs on walls while you are in traffic.
On the traffic, cows follow you around. Because it is a holy creature in their beliefs, cows have the first priority in traffic. It causes the messed up traffic to get even worse. They can’t show the respect they have on the cow for each other in traffic unfortunately.
Traffic is a chaos. Anyone that can get his/her cars bumper in the way, has the first priority. And they show respect for the one who hits the air horn the most and open up for him… Some vechiles even have “please horn” stickers on their backs…. This is how important it is to horn in traffic here.
The most beautiful side of India is the tolerance they have for each other, with all the different religions. You can see a Hindu temple, a Sikh temple and a mosque in the same street.
While marching forward in traffic, our guide showed us the homeless people and their living contidions. Which is, sleeping in any open area with only a blanket on them.
The worst part was, they were too many to overlook. The ones that has been living in tents was considered lucky.