Thursday, 7 April 2011

3 delightful days in Delhi

We had 3 delightful days in Delhi and covered many of the tourist attractions without hassle.

This is our recommendation as to how to do the same.

On Day 1 either take a tour, we did one with Rao Travel which covered 8 major sights.  Alternatively take the tourist Hop on Hop off bus and see the major sights on offer.  Both of these options cost just Rs300.

For the next 2 days we used a local bus to get us to the metro and then the very cheap and efficient metro to visit other sights.

On our second day we visited Safdarjang’s Tomb but thought it was not worth the admission price but good to see from outside.  From there it is a short walk to Lodi Gardens.  Here you will see many ancient tomb buildings and it is all free.  A rickshaw will get to you Hammayans Tomb to round off this area.   

Day 2 began with a metro to the Fort area, a walk through Chandi Chowk bazaar area before entering the fort.   After this we took a cycle rickshaw ride to the mosque, Rs20 rickshaw.  From the opposite side you can visit Kareems for lunch.  

The afternoon was at Akshardham, the most impressive thing we saw in Delhi.  The metro stop is close to the entrance.  Free admission but you pay Rs170 if you want to do the 3 extra "Disney style and professional" attractions, a moving show, a movie and boat ride.  To do these and the rest of the temple justice allow at least 4 hours.

I know we did not get into the thick of Delhi but doing it this way we had a very faourable picture, little stress and plenty of time to do the things we wanted. 

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Andaman Islands ferries

If you want to get around the Andaman Islands you are going to have to take a ferry at some point.  Before arriving at the port arm yourself with photocopies of the Andaman permission slip, your India visa and your passport.  It is anyones guess which of these they will require so best to have them all ready and whilst you are at the xerox shop make sure you have enough copies for each of the ferries you may take.

Before going to the ticket desk get hold of a yellow slip of paper onto which you write the details of the journey you want to do.

The government ferries from Port Blair to Havelock and Neil vary.  For example our 11.30am one to Havelock went via Neil and almost doubled the journey time. Whichever journey you do the total price is Rs195.  There are no food or drink services on the boat.

On arrival you will be met by an immigration officer who will register your island permission form.

Leaving Neil island there is no ferry booking office, you just board and pay on the boat - no paperwork required.