Day 1: Sunday, March 4th, 2018. New Delhi, India

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I left San Francisco and March 2nd after and had a layover in Istanbul, Turkey where I met the bestie at the PremierClass CIO Lounge. This lounge is a perk of the priority pass that we get from using our beloved Chase Reserve card. Spacious seating, restrooms, food, coffee, bar, wifi and this lounge even had showers and a gym.I definitely recommend getting the Chase Reserve card for those that love traveling!

Mudras (hand symbols) welcoming us at the Delhi airport. 

Mudras (hand symbols) welcoming us at the Delhi airport. 

Landed in the Delhi airport and was greeted by large sculpture hand gestures.

 

Withdrew local currency INR (Indian Rupees) 1 USD =65 Rupees from various ATM’s and only a small amount could be withdrawn at a time. Thanks to our Charles Schwab card we can withdraw in the local currency and out ATM feels are reimbursed at the end of the month.

 

Arrived at the Justa Pachsheel Park Hotel and settled in.

Walked around the Justa Pachsheel Park Hotel and found some interesting makeshift shops such as auto repair, fish fry, flower stands, spice carts, etc.

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Visited the ISKCON temple  Or Sri Sri Radha Parthasarathi Mandir, is a well known Vaishnav temple of Lord Krishna and  Radharani. Opened in 1998, it is located at Hare Krishna Hills in New Delhi, India. 

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Passed by the Lotus Temple a Bahai house of worship shaped like a lotus flower and the Akshardam Temple which opened in 2005.


Returned back to the hotel exhausted from the 19 hrs of flights and slept at 7:30pm. 

 


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Lotus Temple

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 Aksharham temple

 

Useful items

Chase Reserve perk-Priority Pass for airport lounge access
Unlocked Iphone 7
Airtel local sim card (200 INR = $3USD for 2g/d internet) inserted in Iphone 7
Maps with me - India offline map downloaded
Triposo app- downloadable free travel guideabTango website-useful to split costs with friends

Tips
Shop around! We were taken in to a tourist shop our first day

Download videos, apps, etc before arriving as internet speeds can be very slow!

Claudia Wong