Friday 29th October
I awake with Delhi Belly, or should this be Bhopal Bottom! After dosing myself with immodium we set off to the airport and make the brief flight to Delhi.
We are met by a driver, who, after some difficulty finds the Colonel’s Retreat. This is a lovely and, for Delhi, inexpensive guest house in Defence Colony.
Our guide, Parveen from Delhi Magic picks us up for a tour concentrating this afternoon, at my request, on the Indian Mutiny. We visit the Red Fort, which apart from its size is a disappointment, given that the British destroyed much of it following the mutiny.
We see the telegraph office and the peaceful oasis in the heart of Old Delhi which is St. James’ Church with its numerous memorials to British victims of the mutiny. We then head up onto the ridge to see the mutiny memorial, Flagstaff Tower and Singh Rao’s house. All this is fascinating for me, but boring for Jake and Sarah, who don’t know the history of the period.
My stomach is now making me feel very weak and we head back for a home prepared meal at the Colonel’s Retreat.