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#1 Oct 2nd, 2007, 19:24
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I've been reading many books on India, and some of them mention the red light districts and such. It's more curiousity than anything, but where are the red light districts in India, such as cities like Delhi and Bombay? I've been over 3 times now, and just don't seem to notice. Am I that ignorant or naive?
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There is one in Calcutta, I am not sure about other cities. I think there will be one In Bombay.

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In Delhi, its right in the heart of it.!! Right next to New Delhi railway station...!! GB Road, starts from Ajmeri Gate...

BUT PLEASE DO NOT EVEN VENTURE THERE...
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Originally Posted by shashank.aggarwal View Post In Delhi, its right in the heart of it.!! Right next to New Delhi railway station...!! GB Road, starts from Ajmeri Gate...

BUT PLEASE DO NOT EVEN VENTURE THERE...

Had a verrry Traumatic experience there, Eh?

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Delhi = GB road, if you exit New Delhi station at the opposite end from Paharganj (I think it's called Kashmir Gate exit), then turn left, then go around the Rail Bhavan building, you'll find GB road.

Story time again....

The first ever indiamike t-shirt led me to the red-light district in Delhi, and nearly got me arrested, hard to believe I know.

Mike just picked a street in Delhi to go on the t-shirt, "Indiamike's Dhaba, GB road, Delhi", I wore the t-shirt in Assam and a Delhi man told me about GB road.

So when I got back to Delhi I decided to have a look, I walked about 1km along GB road, not a prety sight, I had noticed an alley that ran parallel to the road, so decided to walk back through the alley, I just didn't want to pass the girls again.

As I got near the end of the alley a policeman pulled me up, in a very knowing voice he said "you're not allowed in this road, so I can arrest you or fine you", I knew I was in a sticky situation and didn't really know what to do, then the policeman made my mind up for me when he said "you'll have to pay a fine of Rs3000", I said "no way, arrest me, take me to the police station" and I asked for his name, he had a number somewhere on his uniform and I called the number out, he asked if this was my first time in India, I sensed that he was looking for a way out, so I said yes, he told me not to come to this road again, I was happy to get back to Paharganj.

Still, it beats viewing another temple.

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As I got near the end of the alley a policeman pulled me up, in a very knowing voice he said "you're not allowed in this road, so I can arrest you or fine you"
Did he say why you were not allowed on that road?
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Originally Posted by IVAN View Post Did he say why you were not allowed on that road?
I can't remember, I doubt it, I knew I was in a difficult position, and he knew it, it sounds strange, but I was half not listening to what he was saying, I was just thinking of how I would solve the problem.

I couldn't have paid a Rs50 fine and I couldn't prove who I was if he arrested me, I knew it would be a risky area, so I'd left everything in my hotel room, to make matters worse, my flight was the very next morning, all in all, a stupid position to put myself in.

Here's a photo of the t-shirt. (but the GB road part doesn't seem to be visible.)


http://www.indiamike.com/india/forum...544/#post29363
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Here's what I used to make the t-shirt, Mike had it in the linked thread (above), but removed it.

(click on image, then click Ctrl & A to view, the transfer was made to go on a black T-shirt.)
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i believe that the caged girls in the red light district of mumbai are quite famous. we were supposed to visit but, thankfully, we had so many other places to see that we ran out of time. i know these places exist, but i really don't need to see them, and i'm sure the girls really don't need another ferangi gawking at them.
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Originally Posted by iwanttogoback View Post i'm sure the girls really don't need another ferangi gawking at them.
Too true, the same could be said for many of India’s less fortunate people, but still we visit and still we stare, curiosity I suppose.
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Hey In India even the small cities have this..Small cities like Allahabad,Meerut,Varanasi,Agra , even the city of Vasco(Goa) etc. You can get what you like...
Interesting topic.....Delhi's GB road was earlier known as Shraddhanand road..Its close to New Delhi railway station..just 5 minutes walking distance....
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Mumbai has Falkland Rd.

What timing . . . got taken to a "spa" by my boss today. It really was a spa, tho. Deep massage, Pedicure (after all that walking round Pak my feet really needed it) etc. All on the up& up, part of the BLR Professional scene, it seems. Yet the owner says she still gets blokes every day who think the place is just a front for u know what. And apparently there's a huge "upscale" escort/massage type sex industry in the modern parts of the country that has taken the middle class trade away from the more traditional districts.
Never had a pedicure b4 . . .. my humble offering of "only in India" i guess!
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