26.06.2009 106 °F
I landed at Indira Ghandi International Airport in India's capitol--New Delhi two nights ago on June 24, 2009. The temperature at about 9:00 PM was quite hot at 105 F. The seasonal monsoons have not arrived yet and the Times of India reports that New Delhi has had several drought related water shortages and rolling black outs due to high electricity demand. I am staying indoors in the afternoon. Better to venture out in the morning.
The capitol is quite interesting and one can quickly see a merger of Indian and British colonial influences in the architecture and city planning. I was able to view India's parliament, other quite august government buildings, and embassy row.
I have finished my arrangements here including a recent visit to the Bhutanese Embassy in New Delhi. The architecture and design of the Bhutanese Embassy is quite striking and colorful. On the grounds of the embassy is an informational sign about a local water environmental conservation project! The inside of the Embassy is quite nice with wooden floors and paneling.
On Sunday, June 28, 2009, I fly on to Paro, Bhutan on Bhutan's Druk Air. I am told to try to arrange a left hand window seat as there will be a spectacular view as we will be flying past six of the highest mountain peaks in the world. That I will definitely try to do.