Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Horn OK Please

Humayun's Tomb
India is definitely an adventure. Its much different from anywhere I have been, and I absolutely love it. I am even learning Hindi. I can haggle with the sales men at the Bazaars all in Hindi.
In India I feel like a movie star. Usually a couple times a day people will ask to take a photo with me. Probably to post on facebook with the caption "my white girlfriend." Other times people will pretend to take a picture of something then suddenly turn the camera towards me  to snap a photo. Other times someone will come up a couple feet from where I am standing and then take a picture making sure that I am in it. I have gotten use to it now. I know now how movie stars feel.

Qutub Minar Complex
I arrived in Delhi on Sunday on a train from Mumbai. India has an amazing train system, you can get almost anywhere on the train. The trains are very comfortable, with fold down beds for sleeping in overnight journeys. The trains are always packed and tickets need to be bought in advance, but for tourists, like me a small number are reserved. These can be purchased only a couple days before your journey.
Shia Jama Masjid
In Delhi I met up with my friend Mudit. We have been sight seeing around Delhi. Delhi has an amazing metro (subway) system. The first car in every train is reserved for women only so its very safe for solo women to travel. Over all I feel much safer in Delhi than I did in Mumbai.

Qutb Minar Complex
So I am sure, if you have never been to India, you are wondering about the title. Trucks here in India all have this phrase tattooed across its back side. What does it mean? At first I was a little confused. Why would you be telling people to honk, please? Well the reason is; trucks are slow and can sometimes take over multiple lanes (because in India you don't drive in a designated lane) and block cars from passing. So truck drivers like when cars honk to warn them if they are going to try to pass.

Honking in India (which is done almost every 30seconds when driving) is not to anger another driver, like how we use the horn in America. The horn is used to warn other drivers that you are approaching, turning, or passing. 

Humayun's Tomb
So far in Delhi I have visited the Red Fort, Humayun's Tomb, Qutb Minar Complex, and  Shia Jama Masjid, Delhi. The architecture is amazing here thanks to the Mughal Empire.

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