Delhi was also a failure when it came to runnign a 5K. My hotel was in an awkward sport near allot of very busy roads which were tricky to cross. I could have run laps of the block but I preferred to walk instead.
Indians in Delhi are very helpful when I’m walking. They would often stop me and ask “where are you walking to?”
Which would swiftly become an interrogation. “Why are you walking? Why don’t use use a rickshaw? Tell me again where are you going?”
I reply that I’m heading to Lodi gardens.
“You’ll not get to Lodi gardens this way. There is a protest on. It’s very dangerous. You should go to Connaught square to the shops instead.”
I’m sure it’s fine. I’ll give it a try.
“No, no, no. You can not go that way. Tell me where your going next. Have you booked plane? Have you got accommodation?”
I decide to ignore him and head in the direction of Lodi gardens. Within a few minutes another man has come up and demanded to know why I’m walking. I tell him I’m going to Lodi gardens.
“It is closed today. You won’t get in.”
I thought it was a public park that’s free to all and open all year.
“No, it’s definitely closed. You won’t get in. You need to go to market. It is open”
I ignore him and continue walking.
There is no sign of any protest anywhere. It’s just a normal road which for once in India is surprisingly quiet and easy to walk.
Of course, a third man approaches. I’ve now worked out that all they care about is getting me to go to wherever their own shop is. I don’t even bother speaking to him when he asks why I am walking.
Eventually I reach the garden. Its full of Indian families enjoying the late evening sun. It is definitely not closed.
Ease of running score – 4/10 (The pavements are great but the roads are busy and tricky to cross)
– Lohdi gardens is beautiful.