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We arrived at about 11pm last night and were immediately besieged by rickshaw drivers touting for business, as is customary. After a lot of haggling we finally got the price down from 200 rupees to 60, which was still about twice as much as it should have been. Usually when you do this to a rickshaw driver they take you to a hotel of their choice rather than yours, so we made sure to explain that we didn’t want to go to any other hotel, didn’t want to go shopping first and didn’t want a sightseeing tour.

After getting lost, he did take us to our hotel, although we noticed that one of our bags had been opened by him. We couldn’t se anything immediately obvious that had gone missing so we checked in anyway. The hotel tried to increase the price of the room and give us one without a window. I became increasingly annoyed and eventually the hotel owner gave us a the correct room – probably to stop me making a scene. We’re staying in the Pahagang area of town, a very smelly, very busy, crap-on-the-street area where one of the Delhi bombs went off, although it’s incredible to think that anyone noticed.

When I woke up this morning I discovered that it was my sunglasses that the rickshaw driver took from my bag, which is annoying, as they’re prescription so I can’t just pick up another pair on the street. We went to the police station to file a police report for insurance purposes and met a couple of Australian girls who had their passports, visas, money and bags taken. On top of that, she’d injured her back landing on some rocks after falling off a camel. She seemed quite relaxed given she’d just lost all her stuff, done in her back and was complaining that she was loosing feeling in her right leg. Call me sadistic, but there’s nothing like the misfortune of others to cheer me up and the Aussie’s tale certainly put ours into perspective.

We left the police station with our police report (that I wrote, I hope the insurance company accepts it) and onto a pharmacy. I carry a nebuliser for my asthma and unfortunately parts of it got broken en route and needed replacing. Amazingly a local pharmacy stocked the spare parts, and, for an extra few rupee, one or two asthma drugs that are supposed to only be available on prescription.

We’ve decided not to visit Agra and the Taj Mahal, it’s not going anywhere and neither of us feel like facing a long train journey and a visit to another city full of tourists and locals trying to rip them off at every turn.

We fly out of India at 00:05 on Thursday morning, so tonight is our last night and tomorrow our last day. On to Bangkok in Thailand now, where we begin an overland journey through Cambodia to Ho Chi Min City (Saigon) in Vietnam.

Posted by roblist 03:47 Archived in India

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You got the price down from 200 rupees to 60 rupees. That's about £2.90 to 90p in proper money. Amazing how important these amounts become and how petty they will seem looking back.

by UKMike

Proper money? haha. THATs so american :P British scumm :)))

by Scrotum

>>how petty they will seem looking back<<

Two pounds is a lot of money when you think that we take about 5 rickshaws a day, if we spent an extra 2 quid on each one, we'd have spent an extra 300 quid by the end of the month; that's a lot of money, even back home and more than our budget for the whole month! Besides, I'm bored of single handedly supporting the Indian rickshaw industry!

by roblist

>>That's so american<<

Yes, Mike can be very american - he even has his computer set to american english most of the time ;-)

by roblist

Firstly, I'll take that as good old English sarcasm, becase I try my best to confound Bill's efforts to convert us all to American and certainly avoid those settings.

Secondly, "proper money" was tongue in cheek, but you do get to feel very English when in foreign parts don't you? You get a warm feeling hearing Lilly Bolero on the World Service and you think everyone is secretly speaking English behind your back and 'foreign' in front of you just to annoy you.

Thirdly, why won't this damn site let me do a copy and paste from other people's text?

by UKMike

"Atithi a Bed & Breakfast establishment is located in Connaught Place, the heart of New Delhi with remarkably Green and peaceful surroundings. Known for its homely atmosphere and excellent service, Atithi is ideal for both business and leisure travelers.

by Shekhar

ATITHI HOTEL is a famous budget hotel and is of great convenience to the guests for its prime location. Airport is just 20 kms drive, New Delhi Railway Station being 1.5 kms away and prime mode of city transport Metro Station (Rajiv Chowk) is just 05 minutes walk

by Shekhar

BnB New Delhi bed and breakfast home stay is a family run b&b and is located at prime location. airport is just 20 km drive, near to all great markets of Delhi.

by delhibnb

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