We arrived in Delhi near midnight and had a bit of a ‘last night’ party in Raj’s room. I think I crashed about 2.30am and slept well after having a tiny bit of whiskey (taken for medicinal purposes for my cold of course). The group all went for breakfast together and then went our separate ways with a plan to meet up at the Imperial midday. Barrie, Maxine and I did a post office mission which took ages due to a power cut and very very slow postal workers and then got an auto to the Imperial.
The Imperial Hotel in New Delhi is extravagantly posh… at $575usd a night its well above my budget. I ordered the cheapest thing on the menu (other than water) and had a diet coke and soaked in the wealth. I find it amazing that people go on holiday in India going from one posh hotel to the next via air-conditioned posh cars…
Max and Mac shouted everyone a drink to celebrate (or commiserate) the end of the trip and I had a lovely glass of red wine. Ooh, how I miss wine, you can’t get it in Asia unless you pay big bucks for the good stuff.
In the evening I checked into a new hotel (a big step down from the quality of hotels I’ve been staying with on the tour) and Raj, Max, Mac and I went out for one last supper… a lovely Indian curry (yum) at a restaurant filled to the brim with tourists. It was the most westerners I’d seen in one place but the food was divine.
After dinner I went back to the hotel with the others and we all said our goodbyes. It was really sad leaving the group, but I am really excited to go and explore for a while on my own.