I made it to the capital of India: New Delhi and even though I spent just 20 hrs in the city, it was a wonderful experience. Now, one thing I really miss about Bangkok or even major U.S. cities is the public transport, especially the sky trains or metros. Delhi is home to the second metro line in India (Calcutta had the first); the metro started approximately 7 years ago and now has become an integral part of the city. My cousins and family members all vouch for how the metro has made traveling across the various ends of the city seamless. A commute by car that can take over an hour an half in crazy Indian traffic is cut to 40 minutes.
We hopped on the metro to go visit the Qutub Minar, one of the major tourist spot in Delhi. Our journey from Gurgoan (on the western end of Delhi) to the Qutub Station (in the city) took approximately 20 minutes. I was impressed with the cleanliness and infrastructure of the metro. It was really similar to the BTS in Bangkok. Trains are quite frequent, arriving almost every minute, and all maps and train routes are clearly indicated. My aunty also told me how the metro is probably the only place where people follow lines and decorum.
I am leaving you all with some pictures (I couldn’t help myself) of the Delhi metro experience.