Travels in India

Matt Welsh

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We flew from San Francisco to Delhi via Seoul. Arriving in Delhi can be a real nightmare - most international flights get in at night, and taxi drivers are notorious for trying to take you to a hotel other than the one you want (so they get a commission). After 3 hours of driving in circles, stopping at fake "tourist offices" (where you make a phone call, supposedly to your hotel, but actually to someone in the back room who tells you that your place is full), and a visit from the "police" (who backed off after I asked for their identification), we finally made it to our hotel in Paharganj. But only after I paid the driver an extra 50 rupees - about $1! Unbelievable.

Other than the dirty taxi drivers, Delhi is an amazing place with lots of great sights, unbelievable traffic jams, and excellent restaurants tucked into little alleyway bazaars. This is the Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India -- the courtyard can hold over 25,000 people.

Photograph Copyright (c)2001 by Matt Welsh and Amy Bauer. All rights reserved.