Last month, I've had the privilege to visit India's capital - New Delhi. While I was adapting to the extreme culture shock - different than ANY country or city I've been to - I got to hang out and see a glimpse of the nightlife in Hauz Khas Village.
Imperfecto is the first spot we decided to start our night. They have about 4 -5 floors of fun, of which, one had live bands and an area for dancing. We ordered beers, appetizers and sat around the patio area at the very top floor. They also have dinner menus as well as a great selection of hookah. The staff understands conversational English and are very friendly. The crowd is a good mix of locals and foreigners. Turns out some locals are from America but stays in India for summer vacation, so we blend in just fine. We could have easily spent the night there but why just stop here?
Here we are deciding where to go next. Meanwhile, I was in awe at how crazy those electrical cables are all wired up. If you google images on "india electrical cables", it will put you in awe just how common it really is. As I'm writing this, the wonderful WWW cured my curiosity and answered some questions with this article about how common rolling blackouts are and power theft by residents.
Bulldog was really fun too, it's a lot quieter than Imperfecto so it was almost like we booked out the entire venue. The music was just right and the food was drop dead amazing!!!
I love it when the table it full of food. It's such a blessing to share good conversations, food and booze with friends and colleagues!
1) Plan your Transportation
Driving in India isn't for the faint-hearted. Hiring taxi or rickshaw is the best way to go, they are everywhere on the street and very affordable. For nightlife, we hired a private driver (friend recommended drive) who picked us up from the hotel, dropped us off at Hauz Khas Village, where he slept and waited in the parking lot until we were ready to go. This is very commonly used in India. It's a lot safer than hailing a taxi or a rickshaw while you are under the influence of alcohol. Rape cases are statistically high in India and you might also pay a ridiculous and shocking amount for night time uses.
2) Watch What You Eat
Many colleagues have warned me about getting sick with viruses with local foods and water. Rule of thumb is to bring your own bottled water. Avoid salads, already peeled fruits or vegetables on the street, or any cooked food that's been sitting for a while. I've been very blessed with my tummy of steel however I was still very careful about what I was ingesting. I ordered cooked or fried food only and made sure to only drink canned or sealed bottled pop, juice and alcohol. I also stayed away from street food and I didn't miss much because restaurants make excellent food as well.
3) Hot Temperatures
My first visit to New Delhi was in May, it was hot at around 40 to 45 degrees celsius with breeze along with cooler evenings . My colleagues and I were hydrated, kept walking to a minimal and travelled mostly in air conditioned taxis. When I came back to Canada, I was so proud to say India's heat is totally tolerable. Boyyy, was I wrong!
My second visit to New Delhi was in August, the hottest and most humid time of the year. I got heat stroke from simply travelling in a rickshaw while in traffic. There is absolutely no breeze, just steaming heat. I drank 4 bottles of water and never felt the need to use the washroom. My face reddened and a massive headache grew on me. HEATSTROKE. Do not underestimate how high body temperatures can affect you, it's very dangerous to ignore it. Be sure to pick the right season to visit India and always monitor how your body is reacting to these hot temperatures.
More travel tips will be available when I blog about my shopping adventures :)
Thanks for reading!