In our first 72 hours we made our way from Denver to LA to Hong Kong. In Hong Kong we had a whirlwind 9-1/2 hour layover with a visit to the city, then on to Delhi for a quick night’s rest and a day of craziness, sights, and taking in several markets.
We bought a train ticket at the Hong Kong airport and headed into the city to see what we could do in the few hours we had between flights. We started with a nice breakfast, walked through town and then made our way to “The Peak Tramway” which carried us up the mountain to the highest point on the island. At the top was the best example of the stereotypical tourist trap we have ever seen, but WOW, what a great view of all of the amazing skyscrapers!
After the ride back down we had just enough time for another quick walk and a stop in a beautiful tea shop where we were treated with a ceremony and sampled some delicious tea. This was the perfect way to end the day before our last 5-1/2 hours in the air.
We arrived in Delhi late in the evening and after a long wait in the customs line found our ride to the hotel near the airport. A few hours of rest, then we grabbed a taxi to New Delhi to spend the next two nights. Once we got settled, we hopped in a tuk tuk and made our way into Old Delhi where we saw some beautiful sights and ventured through some amazing markets. One of the most interesting things was the spice market where they had literally tons of chilies, turmeric and other spices being sold in bulk. The capsaicin was so thick in the air we were coughing, crying and laughing all at once! It was beautiful!
The other interesting thing was a mosque we visited. Upon entering I had some arm showing, so I was given a beautiful yellow gown to wear making me look similar to big bird. Needless to say, Troy had no trouble keeping track of me!
On our last day, we jumped in another tuk tuk and trekked across town to Humayun’s tomb, the inspiration for the Taj Mahal. We also stopped at Lodi Gardens for a nice long walk and last at the India Gate to see it all lit up for the night. It was fun with all of the food and toy vendors lining the walkway leading up to the arch.
Finishing the evening with a delicious dinner, we completed our quick Delhi tour and will head to Jaipur in the morning.
Until next time, Peace, Love and Hugs!