I've never been to India before, and Dev hasn't been to Delhi for a long time, so it's fair to say the frenetic pace of life in India's second city, home to approximately 20 million people and the eleventh most densely-populated city on earth, took us by surprise when we first arrived. Following discussion with a local travel agent we elected to stay just 2 nights in Delhi and then move on to Agra, a day sooner than planned.
On our first full day in India, we embarked on a city tour of Delhi. We had a driver for the day who was friendly, knowledgeable and very happy to show us the major sights of the city, including the Red Fort, Lotus Temple, Humayun's Tomb, Lodi Gardens and the India Gate at our own pace. He also recommended an excellent restaurant for lunch where Dev and I both ate handsomely for about £8 in total (the picture only shows a fraction!).
Local attractions were not as busy as usual today as India celebrates Maha Shivaratri, a festival devoted to Shiva by Hindus worldwide, which focuses on self-improvement and meditation on the development of good ethics and virtues within onesself.
India has not disappointed so far with its wild variety of colours, sights, sounds and smells- today we saw a snake charmer doing melodic battle with a cobra in a basket, I had my first non-Western toilet experience and two separate families asked me to 'take selfie, selfie' with their children (I think I might be the palest person they've ever seen)!
All in all as we settle down to our second excellent roof terrace dinner back at the hostel, we are happy, tired but excited to wake up early tomorrow and head south to Agra!