This trip was on our mind for a loooong time. In September, we grabbed the opportunity and took the morning flight to Delhi on 5th. We reached Karol Bagh and checked in to our hotel, one that we had booked online, which totally did not match our expectations. At the Reception, we were asked to either provide PAN cards or other forms of identification. We were not aware that that was the norm. When we were finally allowed to go to our room, both of us were sorely disappointed. Anyway, we planned to spent most of our time outside and so we decided not to make a fuss.
The Arien was hungry and so we decided to head out for lunch. There were a number of hotels but none of them were willing to serve lunch to non-guests. As we roamed arnd aimlessly, one guy followed us and offered to take us to a restuarant. I was very sure this was going to be one of those “I told you so” episodes that we would come to regret. So, I was pleasantly surprised when he took us straight to a place called Alfa S.P.I.C.E. He pocketed 20 bucks and was gone before we could say thanks. The restuarant was nice. Food was yummy though slightly expensive. I was determined to visit this place every day for the rest of the trip and the Arien was equally determined not to. So yes, this was the only time we had food at this place.
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After lunch was out of the way, we decided to check the metro out and visit Rajiv Chowk and then Palika bazaar, is possible. Palika Bazaar is more like an underground market. It was under renovation of some sort and so there was lot of sparks flying (electrical work going on), water leaking frm the roof etc. etc. but it was cooler inside. Delhi climate was surprisingly humid. Palika Bazaar is a shopaholic’s paradise. Outfits were quite cheap and for a shopaholic like me it was pure bliss. Because we could easily get lost in the maze that was the bazaar, we shopped together. I found some very cute skirts for the arien’s niece(s) at an unbelievably low price. The Arien meanwhile got bored and we decided to call it a day. He had already enquired ’bout the metro lines and so we found our way back quickly. Everything was great except for the weather. Apart from being terribly humid, it would also start drizzling suddenly. But, it was not at all like the rains @ Bengaluru which was good for us.