South Asia Bike-Ride 19th-November-2016

Garry McGivern’s South Asia bike-ride, India, Saturday, 19th-November-2016. In Delhi. Early start today. I was up at four o’clock trying to sort another hotel out. I’d already spent an hour or two last night trying, but everywhere seemed full. Well, apart from hotels at the top end of the market or the ones at the very bottom. In the end, I decided it’s probably better the devil, you know, so I’m staying where I am. I later found out that the Delhi half marathon is on tomorrow, which would probably explain why all the hotels were full.

A smoggy Delhi
A smoggy view of Delhi from my hotel window this morning

After filling up on the buffet breakfast (to make sure I got my money’s worth!) I went to source packing materials for my bike, ready for my flight home on Tuesday. The hotel concierge pointed me to the area in town where I might find some. I’d already sorted a bike shop where I could get a box from. But they didn’t open until 11 am, so I went off to get some bubble wrap, which I found remarkably quick!

Learner drivers handbook
The message on the front of a learners driving book. What a load of rubbish!

After returning to the hotel to drop the bubble wrap off, it was time to find the bike shop, which was about five miles away in South Delhi. That, too, was pretty easy to find. And he had a box, which he delivered to the hotel in the evening.

Parliament building
Parliament

On the way back to the hotel, after sorting out the box, I went for a spot of site seeing. I went to see the Indian gate and the parliament buildings, which was enough for me. And I returned to the hotel.

India Gate
India Gate

Whilst I was out playing the tourist, I got speaking to Nick, who was also from England and was staying at the same hotel as me. Nick was over here on business and playing the tourist on his last day before flying home in the early hours of tomorrow morning. It was nice to converse with somebody and not have to keep guessing what they said because of their accent! We also had supper together tonight.

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4 Replies to “South Asia Bike-Ride 19th-November-2016”

  1. Hi Garry! I’ll be sorry when this tour is over. that Gate reminds me of Paris. Can’t believe bike shops don’t open till 11am. Which is best Mumbai or Delhi?
    Hope the train crash will not impact on you.

    1. So will I but hopefully it won’t be too long before I’m away again!
      Mumbai and Delhi are both very different, it’s definitely a lot cleaner and not so busy here in Delhi.

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