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Our Second Day in Delhi India

The Huffington Post The Huffington Post 9/03/2016 Kimberly Cantor

This is our second full day in Delhi. Today we had our own private driver from 8:30am to 4:30pm. Sounds fancy, huh? We so fancy (not really though). In India, you can't rent a car from your local Enterprise and trust me, you don't want to. Instead, you hire a driver that takes you wherever you want to go. This was around 1,500 rupees or $22 for the entire day which isn't bad when you start to breakdown how far things are from each other and how much it would cost to take various metros, cabs, rickshaws, tuk-tuks, etc.
Our first stop of the day was the India Gate, which is a 42 meter high archway that commemorates the 70,000-90,000 (every article is different with their facts, gotta love the consistency in history) Indian soldiers who lost their lives fighting for the British Army during World War I.
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Our second stop of the day was the Red Fort, which is located in Old Delhi. It was constructed in 1648 and acted as the residence of the Mughal emperor of India for nearly 200 years. It is named for its massive enclosing walls of red sandstone. Being inside the Red Fort was a nice break from the craziness outside as there were multiple gardens, mosques and various grassy patches.

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Our third stop of the day was Jama Masjid, also located in Old Delhi and across the street basically from the Red Fort. It is the largest mosque in India. We didn't actually go inside because we didnt' feel safe at all. This was an extremely chaotic area with numerous beggars and hundreds of homeless. We promised ourselves that once we felt uncomfortable somewhere, we wouldn't take the risk so we saw the outside and turned around. It was a bummer but probably the smart choice.

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Our fourth stop of the day was Chandni Chowk, also located in Old Delhi and next to the Red Fort and Jama Masjid. Chandni Chowk is one of the oldest and busiest markets in Old Delhi and the home to book stores, spice markets, clothing factories, textile warehouses, etc. The word busy is an understatement. We couldn't even walk it was so crowded so we got a rickshaw to take us around. This was probably one of the top 3 craziest most exhilarating experiences of our lives. Vinny got an epic video so if you are curious to see it, just text us and we'll happily send it to you (thanks to TMobile I can - and no I'm not sponsored by them). I promise you've never seen anything like this (even though the video doesn't do it justice).

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The fifth and final stop of the day was Humayun's Tomb. Humayun was a Mughal Emperor who died in 1556. His widow commenced the construction of his tomb in 1569, fourteen years after his death. How romantic. This monument was stunning. So much detail went into every inch of it.

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Over the past 2 days, we've noticed a few specific aspects of poverty throughout Delhi:
Stray dogs. They are everywhere and come in all different shapes, sizes and colors. Some are extremely thin, some look like they just gave birth with nipples drooping down, some are limping and some are missing limbs. It absolutely breaks my heart to see animals suffer like this. Melissa and Becca, if you are reading this, you should start a doggy rehab facility here - they could use your special animal touch here in India (no pressure though).
Children working for Rupees. We have witnessed at least 10 different occasions of children, ages probably 3-13, begging for tips. One girl was doing flips in traffic in between cars while it was a red light. A young boy, no older than 4, was trying to sell me flowers (not because he thought I was pretty but because he needed to eat). Another kid put a bracelet on a women in front of me without her knowing then demanded money. She aggressively and not necessarily appropriately shook the bracelet off and walked away. This too breaks my heart as we are used to kids at that age being in school learning or playing on a sports team or building with legos or dressing their barbies - not trying to make every Rupee they can to survive.
All of these occurrences made me realize that some things in life happen based on how you play your cards while other things in life, unfortunately, happen all because of the hand you were dealt.

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