As I walked the road aimlessly, I browsed my phone for the closest metro station. I then hired an auto rickshaw to it.
This is not my first time using a metro, but it was the first time using an underground one. I hopped off the auto at a small enclosure that had like a hole in the ground. :P
In all my travels I often come across lots and lots of street dogs. I photograph them and keep them for memory sake. This particular one was curled up to beat the chill.
Actually the hole in the ground was a nice staircase that lead really deep into the ground and into the station. I was still bothered by the chill so I had a quick change in wardrobe and went to catch a train into the city.
Above is a picture of a train arriving and following is the one I travelled in…
It was a busy affair, many of the commuters are locals. It must be a daily routine for them. They went about as usual. As for me, I always enjoy the anonymity. Although I was a bit blue that I was travelling alone, it was okay because I had so much to absorb and take in all the new atmosphere.
As I left Rajiv Chowk metro station, which is by far the most crowded place I have seen in New Delhi, to arrive outside Palika Bazaar. I went around the bazaar for a while, but it was quite claustrophobic.
I moved out into the open and started to explore Connaught Place. There were a lot of branded stores contrasted by street vendors. A few things that caught my eye were a Life of Pi book on sale and a super poster with a quote by Barney.
The contrast and diversity was visible in the crowd too. I came across a few Germans, an English couple (maybe Australian), a Chinese tour group and lot of people from all over India. Funny enough, I couldn’t really distinguish between Indians because everyone were covered in thick warm clothing from head to toe!
I also saw a couple of more street dogs. These ones had sweaters on!
And then there was a poor hungry one too.
There was a lot of street food too but I did not have any of it because just after walking for a short while I stumbled upon Costa Coffee (You should know that Costa Coffee was kind of my top diet during the final 6 months of university, so a lot of nostalgia there!).
I paused here, to take a nice long 2 hr break. I had coffee & some snacks, finished quarter of a novel I was carrying and most importantly charged my phone!
Later I decided to leave and catch the train back to Hyderabad. But not until I had explored a little bit more of New Delhi!
To be continued in Part III…