After our experience in the Khari Baoli Spice Market, we went on to look for a throw shop as Gill and Mary Ann were very keen to buy some real authentic throws and scarves for family back in England and the Chawri and Sadar bazaars are well known and a must. I felt like a sheep right on the heels of one of our Indian guides, literally stepping where he steps right behind him to try and wade through the throngs of people flowing past, he was a big guy which was convenient as he made a big enough space for me and my camera behind him. I was desperate to keep up and whenever we crossed roads, I literally just closed my eyes and hoped I made it to the other side - and that it will be the other side in this universe!
After about half an hour of walking we finally found the illusive throw shop. We were hurried upstairs to where VIPs go to be shown only the very best of the best, not below where the ordinary folk shop. There we were asked to sit down on some benches. All around us were the most magnificent colours but you will have to wait to see pictures of this as we come to the same place on our way back! It was getting dark and for a while we lost sight of half of our party, and I was so happy to be re-united and back in the taxi.
After extreme physical and emotional exhaustion, it was good to go back to our hotel for our buffet and then up to our room. Jane and I would be room mates and there is nothing to break the ice like sharing a bed with someone you've only just met! We each picked a side and Jane went for a very disappointing shower which was hilarious as between the two of us, we just could not figure out where the water was supposed to come out. We slept very well ready for our adventures on day two.
Humayun's Tomb in South Delhi near Hazrat Nizamuddin station is one of Dehli's three UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The centerpiece is the crypt of Humayun, the second Mughal emperor. Building started in 1562 and has been described as the prototype of Agra's Taj Mahal. On the south side there is the entrance into the main crypt where Humayun is buried.
Jane and I - Photo Compliments of Ian Wright our wonderful tour guide.
We had some entertainment here from the little Northern Palm Squirrels that were in the trees around the grounds.
The more time went on, the more we began to realise that what we woke up to in the morning was not morning mist, but rather the constant reminder of the pollution hazard in India. It is not uncommon to hear people coughing all the time and I understand why they try to wear something across their mouths all the time. Delhi is one of the sixth most polluted cities in India and has one of the worst issues of particulate matter in the atmosphere, breathing this in day in and day out can be very dangerous as it penetrates deep into the lungs and can cause heart attacks and premature death. It is a major issue in India.
And next on to Gurudwara and a fascinating Sikh Temple...