The week we began our journey wasn’t a great one. I (Dale) was ill with some cold/flu like symptoms and barely slept. Added to the effects of the heat, my body didn’t know what it was doing. I’m pretty sure these are the reasons that my anxiety was triggered: mixed with the emotion of leaving home to travel for an extended period and the sheer noise and busyness of New Delhi. My mental health was not at its best.
We had a relatively easy going few days in Delhi, seeing some of the main tourist sights, but we missed out on some because I was on the verge of breakdown. Having gone out on our last full day, we were sat in the Jama Masjid and I was so overwhelmed that we made the choice to head back to the hostel, so I could recuperate.
Here are just some of the places that anxiety didn’t give us time to do in Delhi.
(But we would do if we come back)
1. Pahar Ganj
Pahar Ganj (which translates to Hilly Neighbourhood) is an area in central Delhi that is known for its budget hotels, hostels and bazaars. It caters to both foreign and local tastes and is rumoured to have some of the best street food in Delhi. As you can see from the picture, it is not somewhere I wanted to be when dealing with anxiety…
2. Qutub Minar
Built around 900 years ago, this minaret is part of the Qutub Complex, a mosque built by the first ruler of the Delhi Sultanate (For who it was named). Originally only 2 storeys, it has been enhanced by various following rulers.
Up until the mid-70’s, you could go up to the top of the tower, but during a lighting outage, around 300 people stampeded out in a panic. This resulted in around 45 people losing their lives, mostly children.
3. Bangla Sahib Gurudwara
This wasn’t too much of a worry for me but would have been nice to do. This Gurdwara practices langar (which means kitchen), allowing anyone a free meal regardless on age, religion, race or creed. If you want, you can volunteer for a few hours in the kitchen, or minding shoes or having a spring clean. Our main interest was the building and we would have liked to have seen how they prepped for thousands every day.