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The area where we are is a dump. Rubish everywhere. The more we move around the worse it is. It's hot, dirty and stinks. SImilar to some favelas in Rio and the poorest areas of Brazil.

I'm really depressed and it gets worse.

Public toilets are everywhere, but they are nothing more than 2m high tiled cavites on walls with no sewer system or DOORS! They face the street openly. There are no toilet pans either; its an easter kind of toilet which is basically a whole on the ground.

If it wasn't hard enough to walk around the streets that stinks and have no sidewalk, we get hassled by rickshaws to take us somewhere or just simply asking for money. Some are annoyingly persistent.

We walk for hours and food starts to be a concerned as we haven't found anywhere suitable for us to eat.

We go to the Red Fort. It is impressive from the outside, which is all we see due to the longest queue I've ever seen in my life. This is India showing the size of its population...

We move on to the Jama Masjid Mosque, the biggest Mosque in Asia as I was told. We can't get in due to a Muslim service in progress. It will finish at 2pm and we decide not to wait for 1hour.

We finally managed to find the more westernised area and have lunch.

We found out that a flood interrupted the trains to Madyar Pradesh (The tigers park area).Our second option to see tigers is located near the city of Jaipur where a riot took place 2 days ago. So... with 9 days ahead to the parks closure our chances to see tigers in the wild in India went down to zero as we are not very keen on facing floods or riots. Very sad as it was the main reason for us to come to India.

Less than 24hrs and I'm really depressed and feeling like we should go to China sooner than we first planned.

That was clearly not a good day.

Posted by Raflima 03:50 Archived in India

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Delhi can be a stink pool. But then that can be a charm too depending on what you like in travel. Have you read Shantaram? About an oz convict who lived in the slums of Bombay. If it's not your thing move on, but then usually we look back at these times as the best memories of being on the road!

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