09/04/2017 – Delhi’s free day.

We had breakfast at the hotel at 9 am, went back up to the room and proceeded to sleep right until 12pm. It was the best sleep I had in a very long time.

Thank goodness for sleep because without it, I never would’ve been able to brave Chandni Chowk for a second time.

The best part of Chandni Chowk is passing the Indian flag. It is as much a part of me as the South African flag. It gives me a sense of pride, one that can’t be taken away by geography.


After Chandni Chowk, we went to a store where I noticed the Rotary International Four Way test. I was so excited to see it and the people in store were so excited that I knew what it was. Rotary is truly universal. And that’s the beauty of it.

Rotary International’s 4 way test.

Next, we visited the Mahatma Ghandi museum. The museum holds saree’s of Ghandi and has a gallery of his quotes.

Strive for this. 🇮🇳🇿🇦

Thereafter, we went to the place I was most excited to go to. Great India Place. Shopping.

Scope Deepika Padukone in the background.

The first thing I saw when we got there was an ad for my favourite actor, Ranbir Kapoor. I decided then and there that I liked this place.

Hello, RK.

The inside of the mall was beautiful. The first store I saw was a book store and that was heaven. It had all my favourite books: Harry Potter, The Mortal Instruments and even the Famous Five. There’s truly something magical about seeing your favourite books in a different country.

I feel at home in a bookstore.

Great India Place has three floors and a wide variety of places to shop at. Unfortunately, due to the current state of the rand, (Thanks Zuma, you really know how to kill my vibe – lol 2020 edit: I should’ve shopped because the Rand was at R13 and it’s now almost R20!) everything was really expensive.

The inner workings of the GIP.
Worm’s eye view.

The best part of the Great India Place, is the vibe. Outside, there were couples and families, men and women, children and old people. Everyone just chilling, strolling, chatting and laughing.
There’s a little lady bug train that plays Indian songs and makes it way through the crowd outside and all you see are people taking selfies with their kids on it.

The Great India Place was the best part of my stay in Delhi and I loved just being part of the vibe that is the Great India Place.

Steps count: 9 020 steps.

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