Making travel through Delhi a delight May 02, 2017 07:30 3 Comments
Stop over in Delhi ? make your travel easy and fun.
Considering Delhi is the most populated congested and polluted city in India . Movement through this place is super fast and hassle free if you know the way to do it.
Arriving at a reasonable hour for dinner, 7 pm but the worst time for travel, I leave Delhi airport at a relaxed, easy pace. Choosing the new ramp way down to the metro rather than queuing for the prepaid taxi, I enjoyably arrive at Delhi's smart clean cosmopolitan metro., no queues and no hordes.
I buy one plastic coin for 50 rupees which will get me to the centre of Delhi. A quiet station, Shavaji Stadium with lifts and escalators for baggage.
After a smooth swift ride we surface briefly where i had a chance to glimpse the main high way chockablock, clogged and choked, not a car moving. Grinning to myself at the thought of a battered cab and its driver, frantic and stressed, sounding horns like the crescendo of a Beethoven ending, you got it, the ones that never seem to finish.
I sit back as we disappear again under ground and arrive at the cosy, modern, metro stop, alight and into a shiny glass lift, up two flights of polished escalator and out into deepest Delhi .
The smell and heat hits you immediately but within moments your bag is being lumbered into a rickshaw, the price of the small trip by street cab to Paharganj ( or "The Ganj" as I heard it was now being called ) is discussed and 70 rupees agreed. Wait a minute, it just cost me 120 rupees to get from Delhi airport to deepest darkest Delhi at super fast speed That's about a pound . And still time for a relaxed dinner and beer with friends.
Woke up at 5, bag taken off me as soon as I left the room , the same man disappears off down a relatively quiet street only to reappear with a young very keen bright eyed boy and his TukTuk. Bag in back and it's off we go at the speed of light, missing by millimeters the heads of cows, people and on coming vehicles .
No one in their right mind in Europe would drive this fast down a main Bazaar Market Street. It would be big news. The local suburban rags would have a field day Only in india is this behaviour permissible and rarely goes wrong. Another narrow miss and an increase in speed as we approach a busy junction. Propelled across a main high way, aiming at a group of men in red jackets as if they were matadors and we the raging bull. They casually part as we career headlong into the station car park overtaking the long taxi queue . Still smiling and not the slightest bit perturbed about his amazing accomplishment, he reaches out to call a Coolie. That short high speed ride, though half as long was twice as spectacular and deserved a hundred rupees.
My bag, once again whisked away from me by the tall sturdy majestic looking Coolie . These Delhi porters are pros . I suggest anyone travelling through this city to use them . They know their shit and they know how to rip off an unsuspecting tourist, but show this guy your ticket and he will know exactly where your seat is. On indian trains this is gold . He will tell you with confidence and charm it will cost 500 rupees which of course it doesn't . They have to see you're a pro too . So smile but enforce a 100 rupee price tag, be resolute . He will explain how many stairs, how far, etc . Forget it's a 100 rupees end of and .... you want "train loading".
Scarf wrapped in a ring supporting his head as he strides off at a pace most office working Europeans run at. Watch his elegant moves through the busy station its an art and like all art, worth paying for. Towering above most commuters they move with ease . Through the security checks up stairs down stairs up the platform and right to the door where he will find your name by your seat number written on the outside of the carriage.
Inevitably they dump your bag here with a charming smile. At which point you remind him of the deal "train loading" ..remember jee. He will grin with respect and grab your bag once again take you and it right to your place, slapping your seat with pride and placing your bag directly above your head . 100 Rupees plus tip Bargain.
Ok so I left my room and arrived at my seat in the train and haven't actually touched my suitcase yet, for 330 rupees, twice as much as it cost me from the Airport to Delhi central ... but now we are in hub of it and these guys know how to do a good job . Well worth every Rupe in my humble opinion.
Delhi travel is a delight .