I wanted to see Chandni Chowk, the Main street of old Delhi. It is a shocking contrast to the wide, orderly streets of New Delhi. Cars, cycle rickshaws, hand-pulled carts, pedestrians and animals all compete for space!!
It's chaotic, crumbling and congested, but completely captivating as well (at least for ME). As one of the oldest and busiest markets in India, its narrow winding lanes are full of inexpensive jewelry, fabrics and electronics.
So I was planning to walk down this area... with the girls and just shoot away with my camera. But then when I arrived there, I thought NO, we can't do that... so many people, I could not have been relaxed knowing that the girls are walking here with me in between these thousands of people while I am with my nose behind the camera... so instead we opted for the drive by... I know I know it is a bit of cheesy tourism but I did not want to jeopardize the safety of the girls. And seeing their look on their faces they were SO happy to stay in the car and play their nintendo DS, while I was hanging out of my backseat window shooting away left right and all over the place :-)
See here my pictures of this crazy market!! Where you absolutely can buy anything from silver jewelry to fabrics to electronics, see this link to know which areas you can buy what. If you like to go there yourself, next time you are in Delhi!
See these men looking at me, I was hanging out of the window as far as possible to get a good shot and not have half of the car window on my picture :-)
They made a movie about a guy from Chandni Chowk. It's a crossing between an Indian movie with Bollywood dancers and these Chinese fighting movies where you see flying Ninja's. Very funny, I will see if I can rent it one day... see here the trailer. And if the trailer doesn't work, just click on THIS LINK here to get to youtube.
India, it is an Incredible country!!
So much to see and explore... I could go back next week!
How about you? Have you been to India, and did you like it?? It seems that the world is divided a bit... some love it, some hate it!