Day 1 – Delhi

The first night of our trip was in Delhi. We met my parents who had just completed their Golden Triangle trip and were finishing with a couple of nights in Delhi where we were able to meet them for some time around The Imperial Hotel’s fabulous pool. It’s a huge rectangle pool with many fountains and pigeons for our 18 month old son to “shoo” away. The Imperial really is luxurious and walking around the hotel oozes history with many paintings and old photographs of Delhi at the beginning of its era as the India’s capital city. Reminders of the time of the British Raj, including “the” Royal visit by King George and Queen Mary in 1911. Even though The Imperial was only built in 1931, the hotel reminds me of The Peninsula in Hong Kong and Raffles in Singapore – very colonial. As a family of 5 we had to get a slightly bigger room, we had 1 king bed, plus a rollaway bed for our 7 year old and our 5 year old slept neatly on the sofa which the staff provided linen for. As usual we had our trusty Phil & Teds travel cot for our toddler which is lightweight and easy to put up and saves on relying on bad hotel cots that way we can (almost) guarantee that everyone gets a good nights sleep!

It’s the second time we have stayed at The Imperial in Delhi, its OK for children, they have high chairs (although I wish hotels would just buy standard plastic high chairs that are easily wiped clean and fit under tables instead of the child being perched up high with an unusable tray and usually no straps). My girls loved plundering the free stationery in the room.

I thought it a great idea that we were able to visit The Red Fort with Grandparents. However, The Red Fort was too much for our children (David already fallen asleep in the MacPac backpack), in fact I think they lasted15 minutes! And with our week of fort and palace sightseeing ahead of us we thought it better not to push it! So my husband took all three back to the hotel and I continued with my parents around the Fort. Even though it is impressive, unfortunately I much preferred Jaipur’s Amber Fort (having at that stage not seen the fort at Jodhpur), and as my parents had just toured Fatephur Sikri, Agra Fort and Amber Fort I think they were “forted out”. The guide was very good and knowledgeable and I was surprised to see that the British Army had built additional buildings right in the Fort grounds. But it is still a base for the Indian Army.

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