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First Stop: Dehli


17,000,000….that’s a lot of people in India’s capital city. The noise and the crowds can be a bit overwhelming unless you open your eyes and pay attention to all the surrounding action. Then Dehli becomes quite fascinating as you take in the life on the streets.
Now travel can be a little scary as tuk tuks, cars, bicycles and foot traffic all vie for space.
Trying to capture it all is near impossible, but let me share with you some of what defined Dehli for me. People doing what they do holds such fascination whether they’re working the market,
moving goods from one place to another with sheer manpower,
sitting quietly catching up on the day’s news
or visiting a mosque for prayer.
All these energies combine to paint a picture of life in a new and unfamiliar place.
Of course, India is noted for its textiles, and those who work in the shops are only to anxious to show everything they have. As piece after piece is unfolded, it’s impossible to walk away without buying something if only to reward the patience of the person who must then refold it all and likely go through the process again and again.
If you know nothing else about India, you’re likely familiar with the name Mahatma Ghandi and his commitment to empowering the poor in his country.
His efforts led to his assassination and he is remembered in Dehli, where he was cremated, by a permanent memorial which made me think of the eternal flame honoring President Kennedy. Judging from the number of people who reverently circled the memorial, Ghandi is still revered.
In the days when India was under the British flag, a very plumb assignment for an English nobleman was to be named viceroy. The viceroy’s home in Dehli was a 340 room which today serves as home to India’s president. Needless to say, it must take quite a staff to manage such a place.
Starting an India adventure in Dehli is a quick introduction to a country of more than a billion people, and it will be interesting to see how it compares with the other areas of our journey. I hope you will enjoy the vicarious experience and that we will all learn from the experience.

18 thoughts on “First Stop: Dehli

  1. Thanks for your photos and impressions of Dehli —-an amazing trip for you all—- we are off to Prague and Budapest today. I’ll be watching for more of India though!!! Happy travels for us all. !!

  2. Would have a hard time getting past the gorgeous fabrics… (17million–that’s 13 times the population of Maine!)

  3. I can’t imagine living in a home with 34 rooms, let alone 340!!!!!! That would be maddening! “Hmmm…now where did I lay down my car keys?” 😵 This is fascinating! I’ve never been to India, but it’s cool to see the very different way of life. VERY different! We just don’t know how easy we have it here in the U.S.

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