This article looks into week 2 of my holiday to India and Sri Lanka in December 2019.
When I released my post last week, I was in Alleppy and about to travel further south in Kerala to Varkala. I had hoped to do this journey by train, but after turning up to the train station, we were told that the train was not for a few hours and that it was running very late. So we decided to get a taxi to Varkala.
Travelling on roads in India is an interesting experience. Most of the roads apart from major highways are dual carriageway’s. This makes for frequent overtaking by fast moving vehicles of slower moving vehicles.
There will be many times when you are certain that you will hit into an oncoming vehicle, but everything seems to work itself out.
Travelling to Varkala has been a big highlight of my trip. The weather there was amazing, they have a very beautiful beach, which I have included a picture of below as well as friendly locals.
The area also had very beautiful sunsets and I have included a picture of one below.
Some of the food that I had in Varkala was of an exceptionally high standard. I have included a picture of an Aloo Paratha that I had for breakfast one day. This is my favourite thing to have for breakfast when travelling in India.
After spending a few days in Varkala I got the train back to Kochi, where I stayed for 1 day, before flying to New Delhi.
New Delhi is certainly an interesting place, with a lot going on. Around the Main Bazaar area in the new town, you can find many shops, restaurants and places to eat, including rooftop cafes, which are a nice place to get away from the street and relax.
The old town is reasonably similar, but with narrower streets.
Near to the old town in New Delhi you can visit the Red Fort. This is definitely worth visiting as it is an impressive structure.
It is hard to tell from the picture, but the air pollution was bad on the day I went to visit it.
This is probably the most disappointing thing about New Delhi as after being in the city for a few days it is likely you will pick up a small cough due to the heavy air pollution in the city.
Nearby to the Red Fort, you can also visit the Paranthe Wali Gali. This is a district of shops, not dissimilar to Brick Lane in London, although these shops in New Delhi all specialise in selling paratha, which is one of my favourite things to eat in India.
On Friday I am heading to the Magnetic Fields festival in Rajasthan. So I am pre-populating this article for release on Sunday when I am away. I have been impressed with the festival’s commitment to sustainability and it should be a great event.
What you need to know
This article looked into week 2 of my holiday in India in December 2019.
If you are planning on visiting India, definitely make time to visit Varkala as it is a beautiful place.
New Delhi is also worth visiting as there is nowhere else in the world quite like it.
Rajasthan is also very beautiful and is definitely worth visiting if you have time.
Thank you for reading,
By Barnaby Nash
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