On this episode, the journey takes us through departure from South Africa into Dubai International Airport. The airport itself is a hub for shopping. The team finally lands in New Delhi, India, after almost 24 hours of travel. Tired and exhausted, a surprise supper awaits them at the hotel as they retire in preparation to hit the roads of new Delhi the next morning.
The Indian capital city of Delhi has a long history, and has been an important political centre of India as the capital of several empires. Much of Delhi’s ancient history finds no record and this may be regarded as a lost period of its history. In 1966, an inscription of the Mauryan Emperor Ashoka (273-236 BC) was discovered near Srinivaspur. Two sandstone pillars inscribed with the edicts of Ashoka were brought to by Firuz Shah Tughluq in the 14th century. The famous Iron pillar near the Qutub Minar was commissioned by the emperor Kumara Gupta I of the Gupta dynasty (320-540) and transorted to Delhi during the 10th century.