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Date: 12/8/10 5:02 AM

I'm flying to Delhi in 2 days and will be staying there for 12 days at a friend's home. I'm very exited !

What are things I should absolutely do, places I should absolutely go to, restaurants I should eat at, Fabric stores I should shop at...

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Date: 12/8/10 8:27 AM

I didn't buy fabric in Delhi so I can't help you there. Do not miss Humayun's tomb. Very cool. We went to Jama Masjid, The Red Fort, Qutb Minal, Hit Soma in ConnaugPlace ht center city for great table linens and bedding. My favorite place is the Craft museum There are terrific shops in the open air market on the grounds and the gift shop is good as well. Mrs Obama was photographed here. Best food we had was at the Imperial Hotel. The Spice Trail, (not sure on name here but spice is in the name, I found out recently that Bill Clinton ate here and foreigners ask for what he ate) Food is gorgeous and so is the room. There are about 5 different restaurants in the hotel and this one was amazing. There's a lot to see in Delhi so enjoy. Oh there is something else we say that I loved. There is a version of it in Jaipur, but this one is larger. Great place for pictures. It's an astroloical park. I cannot remember the name, but your friend should know. There are many more things to do and see in Delhi and even though I've been there twice, we didn't spend enough time to fully explore it. Agra is a car ride, though a long one, to see the Taj Mahal and you'd have to stay overnight. Our travel agent didn't know that it's closed on Friday! So check the open days. We were told by our Indian friends that we had to go here at dawn and it is spectacular. Also, let one of the photographers take your picture. They are good and will deliver to your hotel.
Have a wonderful time. This is a terrific time of year to be in Delhi. The temps are in the 70's during the day, so very comfortable.

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Date: 12/8/10 9:12 AM

There's a group of individual Indian state handicrafts emporiums that aren't far from the observatory that Nancy wrote about above. You can walk from one to another. They often have either yard goods or cuts of very high quality fabrics and should have saris too. Take a cycle rickshaw ride through the old shopping area near the Red Fort. The streets are tiny and stuffed with shops and colors. Check out Dilly Haat (probably Nancy's "open market" but I'm not sure). Fab India (www.fabindia.com) is a chain with high quality ready-made clothing and housewears. Sometimes they also sell overruns on yard goods at some locations.

Take advantage of the home stay. Do things that the family usually does because you may never get that chance again. Depending on economic levels and daily routines you might go to a club or for lunch or visiting relatives. Go to the grocery store or similar shops with your hosts - it's fun to browse and see what's available. Hang out and watch what's being cooked - maybe try your hand at making a chappati or two. If possible visit a local temple in the early morning or in the evening and soak up the sights, sounds and smells - flowers, incense, bells, music, fabulous colors, smooth stone under bare feet.

You can do a triangular trip to Agra, Fatipur Sikri, and Jaipur that takes three days. There's a high-speed train from Delhi to Agra, visit the Taj Mahal and the Fort, spend a night, take a car to Fatipur Sikri and Jaipur (watch for herds of camels along the road), night in Jaipur with visits to the "pink city" and the hill fort outside of town and then another fast train back to Delhi. Any in-country travel agent who sets up trips for foreigners should be able to set that up with reliable drivers and guides. Jaipur is a block printing center so be sure to look for fabrics there.

Have fun and go with the flow - that's what works best in India!
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Date: 12/9/10 4:52 AM

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Have fun and go with the flow - that's what works best in India!

Great, that's my state of mind exactly !

Thank you both for your advise ! You got me even more exited about my trip ! I'm printing your messages to bring them with me !

Merci beaucoup !

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Date: 12/9/10 8:54 AM

We loved our trips to India. We have old family friends who live in Ammedebad and we ate at home with them and got taken around to do everyday things as well and did some other traveling around as well. Using their travel agent is better than trying to get it done from here, and obviously you have no time. We did a drive to Agra then on to Jaipur, but in between Agra and Jaipur there are two cool places to stop. One of them is an abandoned city Fatepur Sikri that was stunning and their is a game preserve, but it was too hot for me that day. Then the drive back to Delhi is on one of the new super highways, so that was the quickest. Jaipur is an amazing place if you can get there. You can walk the streets without being mobbed by beggars and there are sidewalks so no taking your life in your hands! Be prepared to say no to taxi drivers who will want to take you to places that they get a kickback from. Peidcabs do this too. Haggle! My Indian friend took me shopping and boy can she bargain! A good skill to have though state run places do not bargain.

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Date: 12/9/10 3:27 PM

I would try also emailing Deepika directly. I beleive she goes to Delhi on a regular basis.

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Date: 12/10/10 4:47 AM

Some of my favourite things in Delhi:

Qtub Minar
Humayun's Tomb
Jama Masjid - climb the minaret if you get the chance
Old Delhi - spice market, sari market, every street specialises in something different.
The Red Fort is OK, but if you get the chance to go to Agra, see the fort there instead because it is in better condition.
Riding on the Metro
The Lotus Temple was nice - peaceful
Visit a Sikh Gurudwara, help out in the kitchen.
Fabric shopping anywhere in India is an experience, but I'd recommend having a local with you for that. Otherwise you get overwhelmed by the free chai and the hospitality and buy more than you went in for and pay too much for everything.

The observatory mentioned by others is the Jantar Mantar. I haven't been to the one in Delhi, but the one in Jaipur is interesting and I think they are much the same.

Have a great time! I love Delhi.

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Date: 12/10/10 9:36 AM

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I'm flying to Delhi in 2 days and will be staying there for 12 days at a friend's home.


I'm jealous! Indian food is my absolutely favorite type of ethnic food. And, as a vegetarian, there is ALWAYS an excellent selection of veggie foods at Indian restaurants here in the states, and I'm told that more than 30% of the population in India is also vegetarian, so most restaurants there have a good selection of foods that I will eat, as well.

Mmmmm ... aloo gobi masala, garlic naan, etc. My husband loves the pickles (not much like American pickles).

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Date: 1/14/11 5:00 AM

I'm back and I had a wonderful time !

I've been to Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. I've seen pretty much everything listed here, I had a blast ! Iíve met some wonderful people and yes, the food was great !
Thanks everyone for your advices !

As for fabric shopping, I got plenty : from open markets to expensive stores (Nalli Silk Sarees, Kilol...). And brought back around 70 meters of cotton, Crepe, georgette, silk and Wool !

I bought mainly sets sold to make suits (Salwar Kameez). one set includes 3 coordinated fabrics to make the long tunic (Kameez), the pants (Salwar) and the scarf (dupatta). The scarf is already done but if bought on markets you'll sometimes have to finish the edges.
A set is about 4,5-5 meters of fabric without the dupatta.

I'll definitely go back to India, probably in the south next time.

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Date: 1/14/11 8:50 AM

I've been wondering how you made out on your trip. It sounds wonderful. I didn't know that Nalli has a shop in Delhi. If it's the same Nalli it's part of the current version of the Chennai-based leading silk sari shop. You must have had a good, big suitcase! Now you just need to start sewing.

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