Delhi: October 31

The walk from the plane to the immigration area seemed endless; maybe it was just because I was pretty tired at that time but I don’t think so.  Anyway, the walk led to a much longer wait than I’d anticipated.  The line wasn’t really that long but it was moved at an incredibly slow pace.  There weren’t many immigration officers in the e-visa section (it varied from 4 to 6 and there were 20 desks) and some of the people took forever.  The fingerprinting was not difficult to understand (and there were pictures too!) but some people (a lot of the old people) in front of me took forever; they keep not getting their fingerprints right and then spent a long time putting hand sanitizer on their hands between tries.  One woman ended up having the officer literally pushing her hand on the the machine (she was probably scared to touch it or something) and there was this other old couple who had all their documents mixed up and keep walking between two booths.  Anyway, I was quite annoyed at like 2 in the morning when I’d anticipated being in bed at my hotel.  After about an hour and fifteen minutes I got through the line and found my bag beside the belt; if I’d been much longer I think my flight would have been removed from the sign and I  wouldn’t have even have know where to look.  The e-visa is still pretty new so hopefully they’ll fix things.  I later learn that I actually got through the line in pretty good time and it sometimes takes up to three hours.

After that things went pretty smoothly (though it was surprising to see so many men sleeping between the airport and the parking garage) and I arrived at the hotel more quickly than I’d expect.

I slept pretty well and woke up (with an alarm) with no difficulty at 9 am.  I felt pretty awake and decided to explore Delhi a bit.  It was certainly a lot busy than when I’d arrived!  I was originally going to just take a long walk around the vicinity of my hotel in the Karol Bagh area but I ultimately got frustrated with people wondering why I walking where I was and took a tuk tuk to Connaught Place (with unexpected stops at some souvenir store and a fake government tourist office); the cost of the tuk tuk was cheap (much cheaper than I could manage on the way back) so I think I know why!

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Connaught Place

I had lunch at McDonald’s as I’ve always been curious at McDonald’s in India.  Old pictures I’ve seen have had separate green (vegetarian) and red (non-vegetarian) menus; however, the now have a pictorial menu that just uses green and red dots (a system that is pretty common in India I found).  They had very separate vegetarian and non-vegetarian cooking and food storage areas and a sign that said that they don’t serve beef or pork products.  Unfortunately pictures weren’t allowed; still, it was quite interesting and the McVeggie burger wasn’t bad.

After that I walked around and did some window shopping as I didn’t want to be lugging purchases around already.  I then found a tuk tuk.  Traffic had gotten considerably worse since the morning and it took a lot longer to travel back and the driver refused to take me all the way back to my hotel because of the traffic which was annoying.  It wasn’t a long walk at all and I did end up finding my hotel.  I then rested for the rest of the day.

 

 

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