After a weekend of frantic wedding party and accompanying our beloved HK friends, not to mentioned Mei Ru's last minute office work (another reason for her to quite the job), we finally touch down at Gandhi Airport, Delhi.
We follow the Rough Guide and ordered our taxi to Janpath, New Delhi (it cost RS 320, RS 70 more than what is stated in Rough Guide; need to order from a taxi booth with the word "Police" on it).
My first impression of India is that she is just another city, with chaotic traffic and dirty cars (too much dust and almost none of the cars are damage-free). Once we reach Janpath (old section of the city and favourite among the backpackers), we finally get a feel of India, with its small alley, crammed and disorganized buildings, and Indian men along the main bazaar offering various goods and services. Our driver dropped us at the wrong end of the street (after we told him numerous clues on the location of our hotel), thus we have to walk a long way with our backpack still wrapped like a cocoon in plastic. It's quite a "scary" experience as we easily caught their attention where people start to surround us offering accommodations, and they keep us following us every though we reject them politely. Luckily Rough Guide gave us an heads up that this is the norm, where we just have to ignore them and keep on walking.
At last we found Vivek, our Hotel. It looks bright and clean, but the check in process is quite tedious where they need to take our passport for photocopy at else where and capture our face on security camera (this is the norm at every hotel in India). They have this super big journal to keep track to all the guests' information. The building has an old European-style elevator (really small with the iron grill). I would say the room is below average, but for RS 650 per night, it's not great value but it's not the worst either.
We went to Diamond Cafe just across the street for dinner. We have our first taste of Paneer (Indian cheese) mushroom with Paratha bread (Indian flat bread, known as Roti Canai in Malaysia, but it's slightly different due to the localization). It's not bad, but not as good as I imagined it (I love Indian food in Malaysia, and I was hoping the original source would be much better).