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Our stay in grungy Paharganj

Welcome to Paharganj

While in New Delhi we stayed in the grungy, but homey neighborhood of Paharganj, the main budget backpacker area in New Delhi. We stayed at a hotel near the main bazaar. The main bazaar was crowded, noisy and dirty, but we happily called the area home for 4-5 days. It was convenient to the train station and to the trendy Connaught Place. Most importantly the people were generally friendly and welcoming.

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Rickshaw rollercoaster
We toured very little of Delhi, mainly using it as a base to see Agra and Almora. However, we did have many leisurely rides on several of New Delhi's many cycle rickshaws. The autorickshaws were even more thrillling but not for the faint of heart.
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Paharganj local restaurant
While in Paharganj, we frequently ate at a local vegetarian restaurant. The people there were very friendly and the food was delicious and cheap.
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Edward gets a Haircut
After spending some time looking for a barber with electronic clippers, we found a portly fellow that agreed to cut Edward's hair for 40 rupees. We thought it would be a piece of cake since Edward wanted to cut his hair evenly short. However, because his hair had been growing wildly for 3 months, the clippers kept getting stuck. The fellow eventually got ahold of the situation and Edward's mane was history.
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The Sharma family
On our first night in Delhi we stayed in the town of Mahilpalpur, which is near the New Delhi airport. We were enroute to Varanasi and had a flight the next day, so there was no need to go the center of town. That first night in Mahilpalpur we met Sanjay Sharma and his father A.D. They managed a small convenience stand near our hotel and were impressed by our rudimentary Hindi and polite greetings. We stayed in touch with Sanjay and his family and were invited over for dinner when were were back in town a few weeks later, on the night before our departure to Tanzania.

The Sharma's were incredibly welcoming hosts. The had a cute home near their shop that they kept meticulously clean. It was nice to meet his mom, and sisters, too. They were all so nice and friendly.

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A traditional, and delicious meal

The Sharma's cooked up a delicious traditional meal with chapati, dhal, pickles, and other delicious food, which we ate family style.

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Flight to Tanzania
Donnaven quickly fell asleep at the Sharma's house. We had to push him around the airport as he slept on the luggage cart. We were sad to leave India but excited about the next leg of our journey.

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Posted by edcastano 01:41 Archived in India

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