After a long(!!) flight from Copenhagen with several stops, my mom and I finally arrived at New Delhi airport. Never before in our lives have we been as exhausted as we were on our day of arrival. It was Sunday morning, when my sister and her friend picked us up at the airport. Landing in New Delhi didn’t mean that we had arrived at our destination yet.
We had a 5 hour drive to Chandigarh just ahead of us. Even though I was very, very tired I quickly noticed how different the traffic was here compared to home in Europe. I quickly realized that I wouldn’t be able to sleep during the 5 hours car trip, since I would be way too scared that we’d crash into other cars and trucks.
After I while I got more and more ready for the trip and I got even more tired. I chose to not care about the wild traffic (even though it was in the middle of the night) and if we’d have a crash, then I would be too tired to notice. That idea made me relax and I fell asleep within the first hour.
I woke up later with a feeling of being lucky to have such a good driver. Our driver was local, didn’t speak any English, but he sure was a driver I felt I could rely on for our future drives.
Our final destination was the Lemon Tree Hotel in Chandigarh up north in the Punjab area of India. Here we’d be during our entire 10 days stay. We checked in and fell asleep immediately.
When we got up again the sun had already set, so we decided to order room service for dinner and sleep even more right after.
After having slept for several hours we were finally ready to explore Chandigarh, which has been voted for the most clean city in India. However, I didn’t feel the cleanliness that much with all the pollution there was in the city. (But later in New Delhi I suddenly understood why Chandigarh was considered so clean)
Our first sightseeing stop was the Rock Garden, which was founded by Nek Chand, a government official who started the garden secretly in his spare time in 1957. The entire garden is made of industrial and home waste.
It’s amazing to see how he managed building this beautiful garden with all the things that people wouldn’t use anymore. It was a bit of an eye opener for me and made me thinking of all the waste there is in this world.
After seeing this very inspiring place we headed to Sukhna Lake, which is right next to Rock Garden. Here you’ll have the most amazing view over the man made lake, where people were sitting in little boats enjoying the weather that felt like spring.
We chose to sit on a bench just enjoying the view and talking about everything and nothing at the same time. The sun began to set, which meant that it would get chill really soon.
On our way home to our hotel we drove past a slum, which was located very close to where we stayed. You suddenly see that there is a huge difference between being poor and rich in India. And you start realizing how lucky you were to be born in a little country in Europe, where there’s never war or any major problems.