08.11.2011 28 °C
After finally clearing Immigration (3/4hrs wait) - we find a suitcase missing - a quick search finally found it sitting in the middle of the arrival lounge with the security warning of "don't leave your bags unattended" blasting through the loud speakers.
Our booked driver is no were in sight - no signs - no nothing - getting a simple Pre-Paid mobile SIM for my phone was like opening a major bank account.
Advised by the hotel to grab a taxi to the address supplied, we end up a some seedy hotel in Karol Bagh - differently not what we booked and no-one seemed to know our hotel - "you stay here - very good". No one would give us internet access to show them the Hotel we were booked at.
The streets were dirty, full of rubbish and many of the people hanging around seemed less desireable. The atmosphere is full of smoke and a dirty haze. No cafes, restuarants, street stalls.
Since we are booked into the Ahuja Residency during the safari, we opted to go there. They are great - yes we can accommodated you for 1 night for $US46.00 with complimentary breakfast in a differently mid class suburb (Defence Colony). Straight to sleep - we have been up for 30hrs
That afternoon, a taxi ride to Khan Market (RS 200) abt 1530hrs is our first look at an Indian market - not what we expected, but still pretty good.
Happy Hour is 4pm to 11pm at all the Bars, Cafes, Resturants - we chose Cafe OZ with Kingfisher pitchers (5 x steins) for only RS695 with the second free. A traditional Aussie theme with Aborignal paintings & maskes on the wall but modern techno music - bring on Jimmy Barnes or Icehouse.
Dinner is at The Big Chilli Cafe - prawn & mushroom rissotto for only RS 350 - no beers - had enough - a quick call to our taxi service (RS 200) and safely back home - in bed by 1830hrs.
All up a long day but fullfilling.