DAY 10 - 27 NOV 2010 - SATURDAY Delhi's civic administration is looked after by New Delhi Municipal Corporation [NDMC] and Municipal Corporation of Delhi [MCD]. New Delhi, famous for its wide, tree-lined boulevards, is considered one of the best capitals in the world. It was planned by the British architects, Sir Edwin Lutyens and Sir Herbert Baker and inaugurated by Lord Irwin, the then Viceroy of India, in 1931. I would like to visit New Delhi again and again. But, today, we had to leave! We got up early in the morning, got ready, packed and checked out of Ginger Vivek Vihar by 6:30 am. We went straight to Raj Ghat. It was a pleasant drive to Raj Ghat, where we paid homage to the Father of the Nation. Then, we headed to Red Fort. We were at the Red Fort by 9 am and it was open. The car-parking area was disorganised. We were the first few early visitors to Red Fort on that day. We spent about three hours in the Red Fort. Our next port of call was Jain Lal Mandir, located opposite the Red Fort. Then, it was time for brunch. We explored Chandni Chowk by walk. Then, we barged into Haldiram's and had delicious brunch comprising chole bhatura, raj kachori, special dahi Bhalla, lassi, chai, etc. When we reached back to the car-parking lot, we were shocked to see both the entry and exit were totally blocked with cars parked haphazrdly. By the time we extricated our Fiat Linea delicately with many forward and reverse manoeuvres, it was 1:45 pm already. Last night itself, my Linea had tankful of petrol at BP Gymkhana Service Station near Aurangazeb Marg, costing Rs 55.50 per litre of petrol. We headed straight to Jodhpur. I knew, a long drive was in store for me. Driving on Delhi - Gurgaon Expressway was superb. But, after Gurgaon, road-widening [from 4 lanes to 6 lanes] work on NH 8 was going on until Jaipur with a lot of crossings and multi axled heavy vehicles until Manesar hampered our speed. Thankfully, there was no big traffic jam. We bypassed Jaipur city and continued our journey on NH 8. Somewhere between Jaipur and Ajmer, we had our night dinner at Gujarat Palanpurwala Hotel New Jaipur [located on LHS of NH 8 from Jaipur to Ajmer] comprising tava chapatis, dal fry and chai, which was not only delicious but also very economical. Entire sumptuous dinner for five of us cost mere Rs 250 or so. Toilets were clean with ample parking space for our Linea. Now, it's time for petrol refuel for our Linea, which had its tankful at a Reliance pump. Then, I drove on and on till I reached my destination at Jodhpur at 2 am the next day after more than 12 hours of driving with two breaks. Here we break for photographs! [attachment=10:4pt2awxj]499.JPG[/attachment:4pt2awxj] [attachment=11:4pt2awxj]IMG_0926.JPG[/attachment:4pt2awxj] [attachment=12:4pt2awxj]IMG_0935.JPG[/attachment:4pt2awxj] [attachment=0:4pt2awxj]501.JPG[/attachment:4pt2awxj] [attachment=1:4pt2awxj]510.JPG[/attachment:4pt2awxj] [attachment=2:4pt2awxj]514.JPG[/attachment:4pt2awxj] [attachment=3:4pt2awxj]523.JPG[/attachment:4pt2awxj] [attachment=4:4pt2awxj]536.JPG[/attachment:4pt2awxj] [attachment=5:4pt2awxj]IMG_0940.JPG[/attachment:4pt2awxj] [attachment=6:4pt2awxj]540.JPG[/attachment:4pt2awxj] [attachment=7:4pt2awxj]541.JPG[/attachment:4pt2awxj] [attachment=8:4pt2awxj]542.JPG[/attachment:4pt2awxj] [attachment=9:4pt2awxj]544.JPG[/attachment:4pt2awxj] More in the pipeline.