We’re in India!

Metro fares: New Delhi Airport to New Delhi station (Rs.80) and New Delhi to Green Park station (Rs.16). 
Airtel Prepaid Sim: Rs.700
Autorickshaw from Green Park station to South Extension II: Rs.80 

We arrived in New Delhi on 2 April after 6 hours of flight, almost midnight. Didnt take any photos at airport or Metro, but some short clips as you’ve seen in the trailer. After getting a sim card from Airtel counter in the airport (which was quite expensive compared to Malaysian prepaid starter pack), we immediately contacted our CouchSurfing host Mr Bashir. It was almost 11pm and we were suggested to take taxi directly to the address given, but instead, we wanted to take Metro airport line and we were convinced we would reach at least at nearest station to South Extension II area. Relying on Google map and the Metro map,   I decided that we have to stop at Green Park station.

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India trip: Intro

I guess it’s time for me to announce officially here that WE ARE GOING TO INDIA IN APRIL 2011! Got very cheap deal for AirAsia the other week so we thought no further! :P Total price of RM858 for return tickets for two persons (including taxes, luggage, insurance, airport bus etc) to New Delhi, isnt that a real bargain?

Well the reason I keep holding from talking about this to the world is coz when I think again, I know it seems weird that I’m busy planning for the trip with my (to-be) husband even before thinking and planning about wedding =.= I do look way more excited with the trip than the wedding even though it makes sense that the trip comes after the wedding. In fact, months after the wedding >.< I dont know, say I’m a weird species, I dont mind. I dont know if I ever plan anything regarding the wedding and kenduri yet. Ugh.

OHHOHO, forget the wedding, it’s not important yet :P let’s discuss about India, shall we?

Roughly that is our plan for now. Since India is too big and we can barely cover 5% of it for a 2 week trip, so we decided to go to somewhere important first. Actually the word ‘important’ isnt right here, coz all places are important, so basically we wanted to go to somewhere we feel like going first. Of course, New Delhi as it’s where we’re landing and it’s the capital, and Agra to see Taj Mahal (speaking of Taj Mahal, kindly check my post in the postcard blog with Taj Mahal postcards I received) and also India postcards in my Flickr doesnt that justify that I really need to go and see those for real? :)

And. Az suggested that we go to Kashmir. Simply coz we can have snow in the mountain there. Though in April I cant expect snowfall like winters, but it still DOES have snow in some places in Kashmir in April! We have to learn about safety there as well, and I joined some forums like IndiaMike to get to know more about the place, where to stay, what to see, the transport, hotels, etc. It sounds like a huge work to make this independent trip, but it’s been exciting planning so far! :D Our route will be: New Delhi -> Amritsar (meeting my old penpal Manu there) -> Jammu -> Srinagar -> Gulmarg/Pahalgam/Sonamarg -> Jammu -> New Delhi -> Agra -> Fatehpur Sikri -> New Delhi. Do I sound like a travel expert already? :P

And like I said in previous post about CouchSurfing, we’re looking forward to experience a few days surfing at some hosts along the way to make the “Get to know India” mission more real, and we’ve actually contacted a couple of people for the purpose and got some lovely, welcoming response :) Therefore it’s a good news, and the more I’m impatient about the trip!


Yippie! I registered myself on CouchSurfing the other day, after a couple of years having heard about it from Postcrossing friends (if I remember it right, it was the time when the Postcrossing webmasters Ana & Paulo came to see Kuala Lumpur back in 2008 and they mentioned something about staying in someone’s house – or in their correct term – surfing in someone’s couch in KL).

For a curious person like me, I liked the idea just instantly when I heard about it. Some other Postcrossers on forum are also in CS, as they seem to be regular traveler, they make friends when they’re traveling and it seems so fun and convenient! It’s like, you already have friends to expect you as guest at the place you’re going, and you dont have to worry much about getting lost. It’s not actually about finding a free stay whenever you’re traveling abroad, but to me it’s good enough if I could get to know a few local people in the places I’ll be visiting, communicate with them and get as much as idea as possible of what to see, what to expect, where to go, how much to spend, all other things you need to prepare yourself before setting up a journey. Especially it’s your very first independent trip to somewhere abroad. So I wont be a total stranger at the place I’m visiting!

I didnt register to CS two years ago when I first knew about it even though I was already thrilled about the idea, coz it was simply pointless as I was living in a shared apartment and couldnt host anyone (and even worse.. now back to living in hostel, duh!), and I could never travel independently back then. No money, no travel partner. Hopefully, things will change starting next year and I’ll be able to travel freely. (yes, please give me a job that pays me well, amin).

Now you’re asking where on earth I’ll be going to? Hehe, I’m not telling now :P Too early, I can say, though actually it’s been secretly well prepared already! XD (I’m excited, yey!)

Unless you’re also on CS and let me know, we can be friends in there :P