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