Back in Delhi, we took the Metro from Connaught Place to Chandni Chowk (Old Delhi). We spent some time exploring the jumble of markets along narrow alleys. Various streets specialized in spices, watches, fabrics, and more.
We were in town a few weeks before Holi and many vendors were selling brightly colored powders for the upcoming festivities.Haldiram's for some sweets. The contrast between the scene inside the store and outside was striking.
Unfortunately, I had my one and only negative experience with an Indian man in this area. Guidebooks warn to dress very demurely to avoid unwanted advances from men. For almost 2 weeks, I'd had no problems at all. I was wearing a loose long sleeve shirt and baggy pants; essentially covered up from head to toe. It was a little crowded in the streets of Chandni Chowk and a man lightly brushed up against me 'accidentally on purpose'. I looked over, gave him a hard shove and that was the end of that. He and his buddies howled with laughter. I didn't find it funny but at least I gave him the smackdown -- he won't be trying to get grabby again with anyone else!
We returned to the sanctuary of our hotel room to reflect on the day and enjoy our delicious sweets from Haldiram's.