Snake Charming in Delhi

From Snake Charmer Wim

Delhi is really something else! Vibrant, noisy, chaotic, colourful and loud are just a few adjectives that spring to mind when thinking of this city like no other.

We arrived early this morning and after freshening up and a quick meal we felt more than ready to take on the bustling world around us.

Off to Old Delhi which we took in ‘at leisure’ (not a word for this area) in rickshaws. Somehow we traversed the ¬†jostling and seeming directionless but always hectic roadways (I am polite when I call them that), and suddenly arrived at the famous Red Fort.

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The Red Fort was built by Shah Jahan in 1648 when he moved from Agra to Delhi and is considered his finest creation. Being the home of the Mughal Emperors and therefore the seat of government, it was the Red fort that determined Delhi as the capital city.

We spent a wonderful afternoon in the pandemonium of the old city, where amongst other delights we tried our hand – or pungi – at snake charming.

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The cobras responded a little reluctantly to the sounds we coaxed from the pungis, …

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… but for us the experience of our close encounters with these dangerous serpents is a memory we will look back on for years to come.

Tonight we are off to savour some of the flavours that the city has to offer and early in the morning we leave for that incredible flight up to Leh …