Paharganj, Delhi

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6 Responses

  1. WelshGirl says:

    Great photos, especially love the pictures of the cows in the road 🙂

  2. Great blog, I had a wonderful time reading your post. You have very well portrayed the streets of Delhi through your post. It looks like very regular and realistic Indian journey. I think your blog is very natural and highly engaging. Thank you for sharing it.

    • Thank you so much for your kind words, Lalit. It makes me happy to know you have enjoyed reading it! Thank you for visiting my blog and for leaving such a nice comment 🙂 I hope you continue to find posts on it that you enjoy.

  3. Ruth Pannell says:

    I am off to India soon to meet my partner, for a month, beginning at Delhi and then going to Agra and to Varanasi, further to Darjeeling and then to Sikkim. I am really wary of Paharganj because I’m told it’s quite the culture shock with crowds and chaos and feared getting groped or robbed or hopelessly lost. I like your attitude and has allayed a lot of my fears. I’ll check out your other pages. Thanks for all the photos too.

    • Hi Ruth, thanks for your comment! Your planned trip sounds absolutely amazing!
      I’d say it really depends on where you’ve been before as to how much culture shock you might feel. I had been to Africa and nothing in India shocked me, in fact I was really impressed by how well everything worked. There are crowds in all Indian cities and people tend to live much closer together in terms of space than we are used to in the West. The main effect of this is it strengthens communal living, and it also affects the ways people communicate – touch is important and people may touch you, as you pass, or if you are talking to them on the street. They might stand close around you because this is part of the culture of less space and separation from others. However – you are NOT likely to be groped or robbed – you’d have to be very unfortunate indeed for this to happen. People are generally very respectful and I’d say the risk of being a victim of any crime, even in the big cities, is much lower than in many places in the West.
      I’m really glad my post helped you feel more confident about your upcoming trip to India, and specifically visiting Paharganj. In parts of India where there is a tourist trade there will be people hassling for money. My advice is just to say no, firmly, as a default. Keep smiling and try not to let it get to you – they’re just trying to make money but I know how annoying it is. Is your partner Indian? If so, many of these things you won’t have to worry about as your partner will be able to help and advise you 🙂 Good luck, and enjoy India! Thank you for reading

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