A March 2006 trip
to Delhi by Funky Monkey
Quote: Part 1 of my school trip to India took me to New Delhi, the Nation's proud capital. Sights, sounds, and smells struck me with the force of a steam train as I tried to absorb the exhilarating experience.
I also enjoyed the meals. Unlike many of my class mates (some of whom described the food as "minging" and only ate naan bread and rice), I relished the opportunity to try some real Indian curry. I'd never realised just how many "curries" had actually been invented back in England. Needless to say, the counterfeit Korma that you can buy from your local Balti House just can't compare with the vibrant colours and tastes of the real thing. My personal favourite was Lamb Rogan Josh.
Tips. There's a word that brings back memories. Use my tale of misfortune to help you to avoid similar fiscal fiascoes: I lost a £20 note to a porter outside Delhi Airport, because I didn't have smaller change, and he had very quick fingers. From then I learnt to keep my wallet safely tucked away, and to be discreet when getting out any money. I also divide up my money into smaller denominations. Usually about 50 rupees is more than enough of a tip, as a little money goes a very long way. As a charitable afterthought, my £20 probably paid for that porter's meals for a month.
Taxis come in the form of 3 wheeled green and yellow buggies, which hurtle around the busy streets at incredible speeds. We used our coach to get everywhere in Delhi, and used the train to get to Agra and Pathankot.
The hotel caters for all types of visitor, from families, to couples to business travellers (the hotel also has a conference room), and even our teenage school group had to admire the beautiful grounds that the hotel is situated in. The pool, where most of us spent our first "relaxation day" is surrounded on one side by palm trees to shade the poolside tables, whilst sunloungers stretch around two of the other sides.
Foodwise, the hotel has a spacious "Multi Cuisine Restaurant" on the first floor, which serves delicious Indian curries, as well as traditional western food for breakfast. This was my favourite place to eat out of all of the restaurants that we visited. The hotel also has an organic garden, and according to the website:
"Our guests are welcome to visit to pick and choose vegetables and fruits of their choice to be cooked by our team of master chefs as per the cuisine of their choice."
The grounds are the perfect place to relax in the sub-continental sun, and the gardens are well kept by the hotel’s team of gardeners. The hotel also has a health club underground beside the pool.
If the hotel is to be your first port of call, then I highly recommend that you change your money at the reception. You get a good enough exchange rate, and any money that you don’t take out with you can be left in the hotel safe.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 15, 2006
Ashok Country Resort
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