New Delhi has many things to offer as a tourist destination, if only you can ignore the millions of cars and people in the streets, writes AUGUSTINE ODUOR
Ever tried the Indian accent? Ha! May be not.
But no doubt you have heard our local comedians make gallant efforts to mimic our Indian brothers as they sway their heads sideways.
This, and the spicy food is all that came to my mind as I prepared to travel to India last month.
Lucky enough, I was aboard the KQ 220 that made the maiden direct flight to New Delhi from Nairobi.
Traveling with high-powered team led by the chairman of the airline’s board of directors Evanson Mwaniki saved me the hustle and bustle of looking for a visa.
But the trip revealed India is an exciting country with exceptionally diverse geographical scenes.
From the spectacular Himalayan ranges to the north comprising several charismatic Hill stations such as Shimla, Kashmir, Gangtok, and Nainital and to the historical relics make India a tourist destination. All these positioned amidst the valleys of Himalayas make India an ideal hub for nature lovers and adventure seekers, attracting beach lovers and honeymooners.
Perhaps this is why Kenya Airways made New Delhi, its 57th destination, with four direct flights per week on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.
The seven hour journey was long but when we finally arrived some few minutes past 2am, local time it was all excitement.
This was the first time I alighted from an aircraft to a red carpet stretching into the VIP lounge.
A beautiful Indian lady applied a red dot or ‘Tika’ on my forehead what I was later told represents the third eye.