Main Bazaar, New Delhi

I don't think anything could really have prepared us for New Delhi. You know what it looks like, and you've heard what it smells like. People tell you it's an 'assault on the senses'. It was what I was expecting, and yet, hard to comprehend. Extremely hard to find the right words for the experience...

It was hot, and the sky was permanently thick with smog. During the day, all of Main Bazaar's eyes were on us. Fresh off the plane, we were easy targets for the many, and persistent, hawkers and touts. You know you have to be confident, but we felt far from it. By night, Main Bazaar's somewhat aggressive self became atmospheric and enchanting. The chaos was more controlled and we felt more comfortable jostling our way through the crowds with everyone else. Everyone's pace worked together.

 

It wasn't an easy place to begin our journey - and we weren't short of hiccups finding our feet. We did a lot of learning in two days and are cherishing those people who helped us amidst the tumult. It will be interesting to see what the city is like once we are confident travellers.

 

Photos by Ben Journee

View of Main Bazaar, Paharganj, New Delhi

View of Main Bazaar, Paharganj, New Delhi

In the thick of the crowd

In the thick of the crowd

Woman on the back of a rickshaw

Woman on the back of a rickshaw

Mikayla walking down Main Bazaar

Mikayla walking down Main Bazaar

The quieter Main Bazaar in the morning

The quieter Main Bazaar in the morning

Our street, off Main Bazaar

Our street, off Main Bazaar

Walking towards Hotel Namaskar 

Walking towards Hotel Namaskar 

View from our room

View from our room

Men transporting a sheet of corrugated iron on a rickshaw

Men transporting a sheet of corrugated iron on a rickshaw

A taxi

A taxi

Family on a scooter

Family on a scooter

Paranthas (stuffed flat bread) with curd and pickle - our Indian breakfast

Paranthas (stuffed flat bread) with curd and pickle - our Indian breakfast

View of Main Bazaar from breakfast at the Rooftop Kitchen

View of Main Bazaar from breakfast at the Rooftop Kitchen

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