Delhi: My Favourite Place to Spend a Summer | By John Schleck

Coming from a small English town and choosing to spend your summer in Delhi is a brave decision. Delhi is one of the “not-so-quiet” parts of India. The city is teeming with life and energy, which can be a little too much at times; but hey, I had a whole summer to get used to it. And that I didAs usual, I had read all there was before venturing out into this new and exciting world. Some of the reviews and accounts were not so encouraging, but still helpful all the same. So when I stepped out of the plane and into Delhi’s Indira Gandhi Airport, I was fully armed, or so I thought!The airport is now a marvel of modernity: sophisticated and Indianized. The cheeky pictures at the toilets had me chuckling. After my host came to pick me up, it was time to enter into authentic India. Already the heat was getting to me, but hey, it is summer! I was put up at a nice place in Rohini, upmarket part of India. How we got there served as a crash course in Indian driving techniques! I loved itI’ll skip the must-visit sights, every blogger talks about that. I will talk about the experience! Coming to a new place open minded serves as a way to prepare yourself not to get disappointed. I was ready for anything…okay not quite. But I took it all in stride. I remember in my excitement pushing my host to tour the city, and he decided to let me have it! He took me to Old DelhiFor a city hosting over 13 million people, Old Delhi is where they all seem to be! How trucks and cars move about in traffic should be a study in human ingenuity. My friend (who is Indian!) showed me around the place, and gave me a crash course in haggling like an Indian, epic! I got stared at quite a lot, I think it had something to do with my Justin Beiber t-shirt. If you are white, be prepared to be the subject of attention, something that happened throughout my stay.I have to say, the night life can be quite interesting. Indian’s know how to throw a good party, and those Bollywood moves are actually true! I attended a colorful wedding complete with sweets, incense, prayers, and yes, partying! I love the lively spirit Indians have, and how they are so willing to have you over for dinner, even in my silly Beiber t-shirt.My most memorable experiences for summer were not visiting the Red Fort, or checking out the Lal Killa, or even dashing to Agra to see the Taj Mahal, it was the people. I eventually moved out of my accommodation, one of the many hotels in Delhi, and into a new friend’s house and became a member of the family. That doesn’t mean that there were times I didn’t wish for peace and quiet, you get that a lot. But as one guy asked, why would you travel to Japan and have an English breakfast, French wine, Chinese takeout, and Italian pizza and ignore the beauty of the local culture.When you travel to Delhi, by all means go to the tourist spots. However, make sure you experience the real side of India. It will change you. I’m a better dancer, better cook, and a friendlier neighbor now than I was before…but I still like my streets less crowded!This is a guest post from John Schleck, writer at the travel blog Top Backpacking Destinations.

 Coming from a small English town and choosing to spend your summer in Delhi is a brave decision. Delhi is one of the “not-so-quiet” parts of India. The city is teeming with life and energy, which can be a little too much at times; but hey, I had a whole summer to get used to it. And that I did!

As usual, I had read all there was before venturing out into this new and exciting world. Some of the reviews and accounts were not so encouraging, but still helpful all the same. So when I stepped out of the plane and into Delhi’s Indira Gandhi Airport, I was fully armed, or so I thought!


Coming from a small English town and choosing to spend your summer in Delhi is a brave decision. Delhi is one of the “not-so-quiet” parts of India. The city is teeming with life and energy, which can be a little too much at times; but hey, I had a whole summer to get used to it. And that I didAs usual, I had read all there was before venturing out into this new and exciting world. Some of the reviews and accounts were not so encouraging, but still helpful all the same. So when I stepped out of the plane and into Delhi’s Indira Gandhi Airport, I was fully armed, or so I thought!The airport is now a marvel of modernity: sophisticated and Indianized. The cheeky pictures at the toilets had me chuckling. After my host came to pick me up, it was time to enter into authentic India. Already the heat was getting to me, but hey, it is summer! I was put up at a nice place in Rohini, upmarket part of India. How we got there served as a crash course in Indian driving techniques! I loved itI’ll skip the must-visit sights, every blogger talks about that. I will talk about the experience! Coming to a new place open minded serves as a way to prepare yourself not to get disappointed. I was ready for anything…okay not quite. But I took it all in stride. I remember in my excitement pushing my host to tour the city, and he decided to let me have it! He took me to Old DelhiFor a city hosting over 13 million people, Old Delhi is where they all seem to be! How trucks and cars move about in traffic should be a study in human ingenuity. My friend (who is Indian!) showed me around the place, and gave me a crash course in haggling like an Indian, epic! I got stared at quite a lot, I think it had something to do with my Justin Beiber t-shirt. If you are white, be prepared to be the subject of attention, something that happened throughout my stay.I have to say, the night life can be quite interesting. Indian’s know how to throw a good party, and those Bollywood moves are actually true! I attended a colorful wedding complete with sweets, incense, prayers, and yes, partying! I love the lively spirit Indians have, and how they are so willing to have you over for dinner, even in my silly Beiber t-shirt.My most memorable experiences for summer were not visiting the Red Fort, or checking out the Lal Killa, or even dashing to Agra to see the Taj Mahal, it was the people. I eventually moved out of my accommodation, one of the many hotels in Delhi, and into a new friend’s house and became a member of the family. That doesn’t mean that there were times I didn’t wish for peace and quiet, you get that a lot. But as one guy asked, why would you travel to Japan and have an English breakfast, French wine, Chinese takeout, and Italian pizza and ignore the beauty of the local culture.When you travel to Delhi, by all means go to the tourist spots. However, make sure you experience the real side of India. It will change you. I’m a better dancer, better cook, and a friendlier neighbor now than I was before…but I still like my streets less crowded!This is a guest post from John Schleck, writer at the travel blog Top Backpacking Destinations. 
The airport is now a marvel of modernity: sophisticated and Indianized. The cheeky pictures at the toilets had me chuckling. After my host came to pick me up, it was time to enter into authentic India. Already the heat was getting to me, but hey, it is summer! 

Coming from a small English town and choosing to spend your summer in Delhi is a brave decision. Delhi is one of the “not-so-quiet” parts of India. The city is teeming with life and energy, which can be a little too much at times; but hey, I had a whole summer to get used to it. And that I didAs usual, I had read all there was before venturing out into this new and exciting world. Some of the reviews and accounts were not so encouraging, but still helpful all the same. So when I stepped out of the plane and into Delhi’s Indira Gandhi Airport, I was fully armed, or so I thought!The airport is now a marvel of modernity: sophisticated and Indianized. The cheeky pictures at the toilets had me chuckling. After my host came to pick me up, it was time to enter into authentic India. Already the heat was getting to me, but hey, it is summer! I was put up at a nice place in Rohini, upmarket part of India. How we got there served as a crash course in Indian driving techniques! I loved itI’ll skip the must-visit sights, every blogger talks about that. I will talk about the experience! Coming to a new place open minded serves as a way to prepare yourself not to get disappointed. I was ready for anything…okay not quite. But I took it all in stride. I remember in my excitement pushing my host to tour the city, and he decided to let me have it! He took me to Old DelhiFor a city hosting over 13 million people, Old Delhi is where they all seem to be! How trucks and cars move about in traffic should be a study in human ingenuity. My friend (who is Indian!) showed me around the place, and gave me a crash course in haggling like an Indian, epic! I got stared at quite a lot, I think it had something to do with my Justin Beiber t-shirt. If you are white, be prepared to be the subject of attention, something that happened throughout my stay.I have to say, the night life can be quite interesting. Indian’s know how to throw a good party, and those Bollywood moves are actually true! I attended a colorful wedding complete with sweets, incense, prayers, and yes, partying! I love the lively spirit Indians have, and how they are so willing to have you over for dinner, even in my silly Beiber t-shirt.My most memorable experiences for summer were not visiting the Red Fort, or checking out the Lal Killa, or even dashing to Agra to see the Taj Mahal, it was the people. I eventually moved out of my accommodation, one of the many hotels in Delhi, and into a new friend’s house and became a member of the family. That doesn’t mean that there were times I didn’t wish for peace and quiet, you get that a lot. But as one guy asked, why would you travel to Japan and have an English breakfast, French wine, Chinese takeout, and Italian pizza and ignore the beauty of the local culture.When you travel to Delhi, by all means go to the tourist spots. However, make sure you experience the real side of India. It will change you. I’m a better dancer, better cook, and a friendlier neighbor now than I was before…but I still like my streets less crowded!This is a guest post from John Schleck, writer at the travel blog Top Backpacking Destinations.

I was put up at a nice place in Rohini, upmarket part of India. How we got there served as a crash course in Indian driving techniques! I loved it!
I’ll skip the must-visit sights, every blogger talks about that. I will talk about the experience! Coming to a new place open minded serves as a way to prepare yourself not to get disappointed. I was ready for anything…okay not quite. But I took it all in stride. I remember in my excitement pushing my host to tour the city, and he decided to let me have it! He took me to Old Delhi.
For a city hosting over 13 million people, Old Delhi is where they all seem to be! How trucks and cars move about in traffic should be a study in human ingenuity. My friend (who is Indian!) showed me around the place, and gave me a crash course in haggling like an Indian, epic! I got stared at quite a lot, I think it had something to do with my Justin Beiber t-shirt. If you are white, be prepared to be the subject of attention, something that happened throughout my stay.

Coming from a small English town and choosing to spend your summer in Delhi is a brave decision. Delhi is one of the “not-so-quiet” parts of India. The city is teeming with life and energy, which can be a little too much at times; but hey, I had a whole summer to get used to it. And that I didAs usual, I had read all there was before venturing out into this new and exciting world. Some of the reviews and accounts were not so encouraging, but still helpful all the same. So when I stepped out of the plane and into Delhi’s Indira Gandhi Airport, I was fully armed, or so I thought!The airport is now a marvel of modernity: sophisticated and Indianized. The cheeky pictures at the toilets had me chuckling. After my host came to pick me up, it was time to enter into authentic India. Already the heat was getting to me, but hey, it is summer! I was put up at a nice place in Rohini, upmarket part of India. How we got there served as a crash course in Indian driving techniques! I loved itI’ll skip the must-visit sights, every blogger talks about that. I will talk about the experience! Coming to a new place open minded serves as a way to prepare yourself not to get disappointed. I was ready for anything…okay not quite. But I took it all in stride. I remember in my excitement pushing my host to tour the city, and he decided to let me have it! He took me to Old DelhiFor a city hosting over 13 million people, Old Delhi is where they all seem to be! How trucks and cars move about in traffic should be a study in human ingenuity. My friend (who is Indian!) showed me around the place, and gave me a crash course in haggling like an Indian, epic! I got stared at quite a lot, I think it had something to do with my Justin Beiber t-shirt. If you are white, be prepared to be the subject of attention, something that happened throughout my stay.I have to say, the night life can be quite interesting. Indian’s know how to throw a good party, and those Bollywood moves are actually true! I attended a colorful wedding complete with sweets, incense, prayers, and yes, partying! I love the lively spirit Indians have, and how they are so willing to have you over for dinner, even in my silly Beiber t-shirt.My most memorable experiences for summer were not visiting the Red Fort, or checking out the Lal Killa, or even dashing to Agra to see the Taj Mahal, it was the people. I eventually moved out of my accommodation, one of the many hotels in Delhi, and into a new friend’s house and became a member of the family. That doesn’t mean that there were times I didn’t wish for peace and quiet, you get that a lot. But as one guy asked, why would you travel to Japan and have an English breakfast, French wine, Chinese takeout, and Italian pizza and ignore the beauty of the local culture.When you travel to Delhi, by all means go to the tourist spots. However, make sure you experience the real side of India. It will change you. I’m a better dancer, better cook, and a friendlier neighbor now than I was before…but I still like my streets less crowded!This is a guest post from John Schleck, writer at the travel blog Top Backpacking Destinations. 
I have to say, the night life can be quite interesting. Indian’s know how to throw a good party, and those Bollywood moves are actually true! I attended a colorful wedding complete with sweets, incense, prayers, and yes, partying! I love the lively spirit Indians have, and how they are so willing to have you over for dinner, even in my silly Beiber t-shirt.

Coming from a small English town and choosing to spend your summer in Delhi is a brave decision. Delhi is one of the “not-so-quiet” parts of India. The city is teeming with life and energy, which can be a little too much at times; but hey, I had a whole summer to get used to it. And that I didAs usual, I had read all there was before venturing out into this new and exciting world. Some of the reviews and accounts were not so encouraging, but still helpful all the same. So when I stepped out of the plane and into Delhi’s Indira Gandhi Airport, I was fully armed, or so I thought!The airport is now a marvel of modernity: sophisticated and Indianized. The cheeky pictures at the toilets had me chuckling. After my host came to pick me up, it was time to enter into authentic India. Already the heat was getting to me, but hey, it is summer! I was put up at a nice place in Rohini, upmarket part of India. How we got there served as a crash course in Indian driving techniques! I loved itI’ll skip the must-visit sights, every blogger talks about that. I will talk about the experience! Coming to a new place open minded serves as a way to prepare yourself not to get disappointed. I was ready for anything…okay not quite. But I took it all in stride. I remember in my excitement pushing my host to tour the city, and he decided to let me have it! He took me to Old DelhiFor a city hosting over 13 million people, Old Delhi is where they all seem to be! How trucks and cars move about in traffic should be a study in human ingenuity. My friend (who is Indian!) showed me around the place, and gave me a crash course in haggling like an Indian, epic! I got stared at quite a lot, I think it had something to do with my Justin Beiber t-shirt. If you are white, be prepared to be the subject of attention, something that happened throughout my stay.I have to say, the night life can be quite interesting. Indian’s know how to throw a good party, and those Bollywood moves are actually true! I attended a colorful wedding complete with sweets, incense, prayers, and yes, partying! I love the lively spirit Indians have, and how they are so willing to have you over for dinner, even in my silly Beiber t-shirt.My most memorable experiences for summer were not visiting the Red Fort, or checking out the Lal Killa, or even dashing to Agra to see the Taj Mahal, it was the people. I eventually moved out of my accommodation, one of the many hotels in Delhi, and into a new friend’s house and became a member of the family. That doesn’t mean that there were times I didn’t wish for peace and quiet, you get that a lot. But as one guy asked, why would you travel to Japan and have an English breakfast, French wine, Chinese takeout, and Italian pizza and ignore the beauty of the local culture.When you travel to Delhi, by all means go to the tourist spots. However, make sure you experience the real side of India. It will change you. I’m a better dancer, better cook, and a friendlier neighbor now than I was before…but I still like my streets less crowded!This is a guest post from John Schleck, writer at the travel blog Top Backpacking Destinations. 
My most memorable experiences for summer were not visiting the Red Fort, or checking out the Lal Killa, or even dashing to Agra to see the Taj Mahal, it was the people. I eventually moved out of my accommodation, one of the many hotels in Delhi, and into a new friend’s house and became a member of the family. That doesn’t mean that there were times I didn’t wish for peace and quiet, you get that a lot. But as one guy asked, why would you travel to Japan and have an English breakfast, French wine, Chinese takeout, and Italian pizza and ignore the beauty of the local culture.
When you travel to Delhi, by all means go to the tourist spots. However, make sure you experience the real side of India. It will change you. I’m a better dancer, better cook, and a friendlier neighbor now than I was before…but I still like my streets less crowded!

Coming from a small English town and choosing to spend your summer in Delhi is a brave decision. Delhi is one of the “not-so-quiet” parts of India. The city is teeming with life and energy, which can be a little too much at times; but hey, I had a whole summer to get used to it. And that I didAs usual, I had read all there was before venturing out into this new and exciting world. Some of the reviews and accounts were not so encouraging, but still helpful all the same. So when I stepped out of the plane and into Delhi’s Indira Gandhi Airport, I was fully armed, or so I thought!The airport is now a marvel of modernity: sophisticated and Indianized. The cheeky pictures at the toilets had me chuckling. After my host came to pick me up, it was time to enter into authentic India. Already the heat was getting to me, but hey, it is summer! I was put up at a nice place in Rohini, upmarket part of India. How we got there served as a crash course in Indian driving techniques! I loved itI’ll skip the must-visit sights, every blogger talks about that. I will talk about the experience! Coming to a new place open minded serves as a way to prepare yourself not to get disappointed. I was ready for anything…okay not quite. But I took it all in stride. I remember in my excitement pushing my host to tour the city, and he decided to let me have it! He took me to Old DelhiFor a city hosting over 13 million people, Old Delhi is where they all seem to be! How trucks and cars move about in traffic should be a study in human ingenuity. My friend (who is Indian!) showed me around the place, and gave me a crash course in haggling like an Indian, epic! I got stared at quite a lot, I think it had something to do with my Justin Beiber t-shirt. If you are white, be prepared to be the subject of attention, something that happened throughout my stay.I have to say, the night life can be quite interesting. Indian’s know how to throw a good party, and those Bollywood moves are actually true! I attended a colorful wedding complete with sweets, incense, prayers, and yes, partying! I love the lively spirit Indians have, and how they are so willing to have you over for dinner, even in my silly Beiber t-shirt.My most memorable experiences for summer were not visiting the Red Fort, or checking out the Lal Killa, or even dashing to Agra to see the Taj Mahal, it was the people. I eventually moved out of my accommodation, one of the many hotels in Delhi, and into a new friend’s house and became a member of the family. That doesn’t mean that there were times I didn’t wish for peace and quiet, you get that a lot. But as one guy asked, why would you travel to Japan and have an English breakfast, French wine, Chinese takeout, and Italian pizza and ignore the beauty of the local culture.When you travel to Delhi, by all means go to the tourist spots. However, make sure you experience the real side of India. It will change you. I’m a better dancer, better cook, and a friendlier neighbor now than I was before…but I still like my streets less crowded!This is a guest post from John Schleck, writer at the travel blog Top Backpacking Destinations. 

This is a guest post from John Schleck, writer at the travel blog Top Backpacking Destinations.

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