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Silk Route Project Craig and Simon are currently travelling from India to Istanbul with the fantastic support of World Nomads. On behalf of Footprints, World Nomad's charity, they will be visiting of a number of projects along the route to deliver supplies of essential medicines to impoverished children.

Diving into Delhi

INDIA | Wednesday, 21 June 2006 | Views [5511] | Comments [30]

India Ahoy!

We both arrived at New Delhi Airport with no idea what awaited us. We had heard stories of people outside the airport grabbing at your bags and taxi drivers trying to take you to the wrong hotel. What a relief it was when everything was orderly! We even had no trouble finding a taxi! Naturally we couldn't get off that easy and our super-reliable taxi driver got lost and then couldn't find our hotel. Well, one out of two ain't bad.

This sums up our first couple of days - we expected everything to be difficult, the poverty overwhelming and the heat oppressing. All of those things were there but no where near as bad as what we expected, so we have actually slid in quite comfortably. India is an incredible country! So many people, cultures and religions all squashed into the same sub-continent. This is a country that is storming ahead with its IT revolution yet shop keepers prefer to calculate sums in their heads. This is the country that has the nuclear bomb yet bank guards are armed with WW1 rifles and shop guards have sticks. 

New Delhi is an incredible city yet an absolute dump. The streets are jammed with cars, rickshaws, people, dogs and cows (of course). There really is something special about being on a main street in the capital of a nation and having to be careful of stepping in cow shit. All in all though, it is a fantastic place to visit. The people are amazing. So friendly, so interesting. Watching hordes of them bustle around a temple or market place is a phenominal sight. Talking, yelling, arguing, rushing rushing rushing ... and then someone will stop to ask your thoughts on  the Indian cricket team.

The other cultural highlight of New Delhi, as everyone knows, is Delhi Belly. Never ones to miss out on experiences I am proud to say that we are already enjoying the pleasure of regular toilet stops. And I do mean very very regular. 

After Dehli we made our way down to Agra or Agraaa as the locals call it, this was to be our first train jurney in India and as with evreything we approached it with some trepidation, as we clambered onto the train using our backpack as a form of battering ram we finally found our seats but as expected they were occupied by an entire family, after a bit of pointing and shaking of heads we fianlly got to sit down. It was an amazing journey in which we got to have a chat with some loacals without them trying to sell us something, it was all over before we knew it and we were then standing on top of our hostel in Agra facing the Taj mahal what a sight it really is something that will never be forgotten, the hostel we were staying also had the best resteraunt on the roof which served the best curry that we had ever tasted (I'm sure we will repeat this statement over and over again but this shall always be our first).

So we are now back in Dehli about to embark on a fantastic 30hr train ride to West Bengal wish us luck and see ya soon 

Tags: Adventures




Your trip sounds amazing so far. Just wanted you good luck ont hat 30hr train trip. I hope you don't have to go to the toilet too much cause that might just be a bit of a problem.

Pleaes post more photos if you can.

And if you can get the recipe for the curry that would be great!

Irena xx

  Irena Jun 21, 2006 9:25 AM


Glad to hear you're both alive! And the ever present dysentry has kicked in! Things are good here, HAmilton Island was amazing as always and milles is in town at the moment. I'm off to Tassie this weekend too! i wish you could get me some beautiful Sari material. And earrings. They're only little. And Craig Naomi told Kate there's stuff for me to collect?
xoxoxoxoxo miss you both lots and lots

  Christabella Jun 21, 2006 9:47 AM


Bat on brother Simon.

Bat on brother Craig.

Tally ho.

  Dane Jun 21, 2006 10:38 AM


Simon, i have heard the Davis's get up to all sorts of shenanigans on train rides in the past. Is history about to repeat itself??

  Kent Jun 21, 2006 11:06 AM


You bloody idiots. I farken told you not to drink from the teal and aqua coloured cups...didnt I?

It seems like a great place but the cricket...why do they ask. We are supreme lords of everything. I think you should employ the use of a pooper scooper. If you cant find one the right size break two brooms and innovate (or fashion) one out of some rubber bands and a couple of broken lamps. Then throw the poo at anyone who dares ask you anything twice. Soon you will be seen as holy men and given every and every opportunity.WHERES MY FUCKING COFFEE LEILA....WHATS THIS FUCKEN CRAP>>FASTER FASTER IT SMELLS LIKE A GODDAMN BURNING HAIR WRAPPED IN SURF WAX AND MATCHES TAKE IT AWAY TAKE...oops sorry that wasnt intended for you guys.

Ah coffee yeah looks like fun gotta jet. Good Luck-from the Jewel of Dee Why

  Glen Jun 21, 2006 11:22 AM



  Laura Herold Jun 21, 2006 11:33 AM


Hey cous!

Sounds like your having a ball. I'll add this to my list of sites to regularly check out.

Take care.

  Cousin Michael Jun 21, 2006 11:52 AM


Hey guys, sounds like you're having loads of fun times... hmmm trip on train seems like it will be interesting with 'toilet' problems... xo Amy

  aimless Jun 21, 2006 1:33 PM


Hey you two, yes I agree more picutes. Well done so far and please would Glen remember that mother's read these messages and they have delicate ears. We know where you live Glen.

Take care you two. Hoope the deli bely is better doesn't it give you the sh... lots of love xx

  mother hen Jun 21, 2006 6:03 PM


Simon mate if you get kidnapped, tell them to raise their first demand you are worth more than that, but you of all people will leave a situation like that with new best friends.
God what a terrible notion to be putting in peoples heads. sorry
Hope your well and drinking from sealed bottels, if not well..i hope you get a seat.
Keep the fait chief

  DARRAGH Jun 21, 2006 7:54 PM


Craig - Gran says you should go home and settle down!! I had to agree with her at the time but it sure sounds like you lead a more interesting life than I!! (The UK is as changeable as ever - it rained for the entire spring and we have still got a hosepipe ban!)

It runs in the family to get delhi belly no matter where you are in the world so I sure hope it doesn't follow you everywhere!

Take Care and Enjoy!

Love Mandy

  Mandy Jun 21, 2006 11:05 PM


Hey Simon!!!!

hell, man, ill tell u, u'r one of the most craziest men I've ever met so keep-it-real and feed us with more adventurous stories!!! wish u the best of luck and try to avoid food offered on the streets and your stomach will thank you...


  simonA Jun 22, 2006 12:10 AM


Love it! Keep up the adventures my friend and be careful for the love of god

  Eda Jun 22, 2006 12:41 AM


hey yo guyz...ciao craig n simon come và in India? di sicuro meglio di me perchè sto lavorando tanto e un pò vi invidio ma non sapete quanto sono contento per voi...ah dimenticavo: sapete che la ragazza da 3 mesi???? è filippina...è bellissima e forse questo natale andrò un mese là.
ciao ragazzi divertitevi anche per me.

hi there, How do your business go in India? sure better than me cause i'm working really hard and i'd like to be in you for discovering India and Middle Asia. I'm very satisfied with you...ah there's something else i'd like to tell you: i've got a girl for 3 months, she's philippines, she's hot and beautyful...i'm going to spend this christmas in the philippines with her.
see ya guyz have fun

  SCANNA - Alessio Scanavacca Jun 22, 2006 1:06 AM


your adventures never cease to amaze me...and please realize that there is a deli in NYC named the Delhi Belly Deli that boasts the city's best salad bar. I think i may vomit.

  Maya Jun 22, 2006 4:37 AM


At least on the trains there you get to choose between the Western toilets and the Squat Pots. I didn't have any trouble while I was there because I have a stomach of steel but the way that my fellow companions used them was to just keep switching it up- dumping in the western and puking in the Squat. Can't wait to hear more-oh and try to get someone to drive you around on the back of one of their motorbikes- I almost died but the story was well worth it!! hope all is well

  Tandy Jun 22, 2006 4:50 AM


Hi guys! I once heard someone say that all of India is covered in a thin layer of faeces. I am sure you will fit right in ;-)
Amazing trip you are starting here. Will definitely check back every week.

  Jakob Jun 22, 2006 7:00 AM


simon...what's better Delhi Belly or malaria? let's just hope that these are theonly infectious diseases that you encounter on your adventure.

don't forget to shower every once in a while...

luv, sam

  sam Jun 22, 2006 5:51 PM


I liked the two photo's though would like a few more.
Have you met any "nice" girls yet? Keep up with your washing and eat well.
Love Mumma

  Mumma Jun 22, 2006 7:00 PM


Craig, I hope you are finding ample time for your "epics" in India. Keep the photos coming guys. I've got all of NY waiting to read your entries!

  Jenn - the Yank Jun 23, 2006 1:03 AM


Ahhhh, my brothers.
Seeing as everybody else has beaten me with regards to the SHIT gags and toilet humor, I shall deviate from my usual tact and say something profound and sensible.....

No, can't think of anything!!!

Loving the stories.
Keep on trucking brothers.

  Rosso Jun 23, 2006 9:35 AM


You mad bastard no wonder your nickname is Crackers.... Sounds like a blast..... Keep hitting the curries and the local brew mate you may need a constant excuse to run to the dunny every 20min....

Take care mate...

  Big Fella aka Clint Jun 23, 2006 5:45 PM


Hey Simon,
Cool that you make it to India ,must be a lot of fun indeed.Mate take some nice photos then I will check it out.Anyway Take care!!!


  Adch Jun 24, 2006 2:32 PM


Hey Guys

Good to know that you're still alive;-)
Sounds as you've lots of fun...

take care


  Aleks Jun 28, 2006 11:48 PM


Hey guys,

Amazing stuff - as always. I'm sure you guys will manage to get yourself into (and out of) all sorts of weird and wonderful situations, even in weird and wonderful India.

Jim is in WA this week (Kalgoorlie as we speak) and I'm jealous of the lot of you being elsewhere and in more interesting places than me!

BTW Simon - I'm up the duff! Will have to come for a visit and corrupt the little tacker when they're old enough to be led astray by Uncle Simon.

Gotta run, keep those gorgeous photos and interesting tales coming fellas.



  Chrissie Jun 29, 2006 12:20 PM


i'm far too jealous to say anything interesting. Bastards.

  giles Jun 29, 2006 8:00 PM


Hi Craigie Bear
Look at you travelling all over the world!!. Guess what Kayla is turning 21 today. Yep you're right that little squirt of a kid is now an adult.
Lotsa luv from us all
Auntie Peta xx

  Antie Peta Jul 1, 2006 9:53 PM


Dear Babbar
Hurry up and come home we miss you heaps! I really think what you are doing is amazing but I have to say, I agree with Gran. Caitlin is loves the Wiggles DVD you gave her, yep I know all the words to all the songs. Keep up the good work - look forward to having you home safe and sound.
Lots of Love Lee,Sam and Catie XXOO

  big sis, big sam and little catie Jul 14, 2006 10:56 PM


Hi Craig

knowing quite a bit about the cultural aspects of India and Pakistan (mainly because I live in Luton) I am sure you are having a great time.

If the rest of the Aussie family are reading this "Hello" and I might be coming over at Christmas.


  Lawrence Jul 28, 2006 4:43 PM


omg wat lovely story for my skw project thanks guys on thet one ii wiish u luch on that mwah mwah ''latisha'' xoxo

  latisha jane diva Oct 13, 2011 3:53 PM

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