Dehli’s Belly

A trip to the himalayas isn’t complete without a trip to Delhi, in fact its pretty difficult to avoid one of India’s delirious chaotic cities in the ‘getting there’. Spending time in Delhi’s belly is almost essential to truely appreciate the himalayan spectacle in every sense. The chaos, hectic humidity and noise pressure of 1.2 billion people only make the mountains seem even more beautiful when you eventually arrive after a 14hr bus trip. The sensory overload will leave you exhausted, overwhelmed, disgusted, delighted and definitly relieved that you don’t have to live there. Everytime I go back I appreciate Delhi that little bit more – its like a giant organism with each little cell performing some vital function.

Suitably adorned: a local single speed adorned in the finest marigold garlands

 

A cycle rickshaw drivers legs 'groan' under the weight of at least 10 little mites

 

Flower garland ladies

 

Standard staple: the quintessential Indian thali will set you back R10 - R15 and will be refilled until you've had your fill!

 

Please cover up: dressing gowns a must at the Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India

 

Electrics to die for...

 

Rickshaw doubles up as a home and bed for many

 

For the less fortunate it is often the street

 

Our dear and dedicated doorman Deepak at the Hotel Sunstar Grand!

Bridget Ringdahl

Pedaling has been natural to me since the tender age of three. Cycling is practical, fun, it gets you to the corner café, across countries, continents, keeps you fit and is by far the most efficient and environmentally friendly transport option around, being virtually carbon neutral.

I live in Howick, KwaZulu-Natal which is great cycling country, within 10 minutes I can be bouncing along some of the finest single tracks in the province.

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