fog in delhi

A Cold and Foggy New Delhi

Photo: India TV News

“Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. There’s heavy fog in New Delhi with visibility reduced to 100 meters so we’re going to delay our flight by thirty minutes or until the weather in New Delhi clears up a bit.”

Fortunately, it’s just a thirty-minute wait and not a minute longer. Thing is, sitting here in the plane and looking out the oval window as we leave the golden sands of the desert behind, I’m having a hard time imagining how Delhi might be like covered in fog. I mean, we’d always visit during the summer. How do I describe Delhi’s summer? It’s like sitting inside a tandoori oven. The hot wind that blows in from Rajasthan swirls around Delhi, hitting your face menacingly, flushing your skin and drying your eyes.

This year we decide to see how Delhi’s like during the winter. Turns out, we pick the foggiest day of the year to fly.

The early morning fog disrupts operations at the Indira Gandhi International airport, where more thanΒ 80 flights were delayed, including ours.Β Minimum morning temperature is 7.6 degrees Celsius. By 8.30 a.m., visibility is reduced to 100 metres.

By the time we land, just a little past noon, the fog clears up considerably. I am delighted to feel the cold breeze against my skin. Everyone in the city is either wearing a sweater or a jacket.

The entire city is again covered in thick fog by six in the evening. The city looks dark and ghostly. We’re out to show the famous Jama Masjid to Masood’s mom, but we can’t see the huge structure up until we are standing right in front of it!

Masood’s mom has been here a long time ago, with her husband, and has so many fond memories. I see the happy-sad look on her face as she looks up the concrete stairs and remembers her late husband.

Later, we have Chicken Jahangiri and Tandoori Fish at Karim’s. We drink tea from a tiny shop that sells only tea and shahi tukrey, warm bread pudding cooked in pure ghee and garnished with slivers of almonds and pistachios. A teaspoon of this dessert is enough to give you hyperglycemia for a week!

delhi fog

We giggle with childish glee upon discovering the condensed vapor coming from our mouths as we speak or exhale. I restrain myself upon noticing a man in military uniform look at us, least he thinks we’ve come from the desert to experience the first winter of our lives.

The roadside is busy with hawkers selling grilled corn on the cob, roasted peanuts, warm milk tea, pink and fluffy cotton candy, and dried fruits.

I promptly tell Masood how much I’m enjoying the cold weather in Delhi, about how I’m falling in love with the city and its fog, and that I have made up my mind about buying a property and moving permanently in this city.

He agrees a little too quickly and unenthusiastically. I eye him suspiciously. He says he knows I’ll change my mind in two months.

fog in delhi

You’ll see more fog-laden pictures in the next two posts. I’m bringing you more of New Delhi and Agra. Stay tuned!


  1. SO finally I am here and My God, I missed you and a load of posts! I am just smiling so big at the new changes over here. So sweet and awesome ones. I like it πŸ˜€

    Salam Dearie πŸ™‚ Hope u having great time in india. meri lafanter dost πŸ˜›

    *Hug* good to be back on ur blog. πŸ™‚

    1. Walaikum assalam, Pervisha. Welcome back! You were missed πŸ™‚

      I can’t really say I’m having a “great” time. I’m working, but I’m trying to make the most of whatever free time I have πŸ™‚

        1. Yep, I do, alhumdulillah! πŸ™‚

          Sadly, the UAE isn’t “home” forever so one day we’ll have to move to another place (which may or may not be as safe). And when that day comes, I wouldn’t mind New Delhi at all πŸ™‚

  2. Did I tell u, your blog looks so professional types. Masha’Allah
    I love Delhi mostly coz of its weather. I wanted to study there but got a big no no from parents coz of the crime rate.
    Enjoy your time here. πŸ™‚ Been to numaish?

    1. Thank you, Miss Maqsood! I finally went and hired a professional to keep the codes nice and clean.

      But Delhi’s summer is horrible! Also, I don’t blame your parents for saying no. Delhi is in the news for all the wrong reasons these days πŸ™

  3. hello, Nadia… i love the foggy photos and the story is quite nice, of course. am glad you’re experiencing your first winter in New Delhi. ahaha, the place is in my bucket list, did you know that? so, i want to pinch you a little every time you say you’re off to India, hahaha.

    my dear, you hail from Karachi, have lived alone for years in the Phils and have sashayed in the nooks and corners of Dubai and Sharjah. I guess, you can be let without leash in the wild streets of Delhi, hehehe. you can negotiate it there, I suppose. i just have this feeling that you’d require clean, free-flowing tap water, toilet tissue and clean towels everywhere there that you go, hahaha. good luck naman… πŸ˜‰ πŸ™‚

    wala akong masabi. diplomatic na si Masood, kilala pa nya ang misis nya, hakhakhak. happy days ahead. πŸ™‚

    1. Pinch me? But I am showing you India so you don’t have to go that far πŸ˜‰

      Jokes aside, I hope you get to see India soon. It’s a beautiful country – overwhelming at times, but something one should experience at least once.

      “…you can be let without leash in the wild streets of Delhi.” You bet! But the truth is, Masood tends to get very protective when we’re in India because I’m a foreigner here.

      Dapat lang na kilala niya mises nya … 6 years na kaya kaming magkasama πŸ˜€

      1. ah, ganito… among the countries we studied in high school and college, India was one of those na tumatak sa aking loob – and i said to myself that i should go see the place before, yes, i kick the bucket, hahaha.

        oh, yes, India must be beautiful. it seems to have a rich history and as a place, has a character.

        sya, ikaw na ang protected and pa-girl pag nasa India. at kasama si Masood, ahihi. wala akong masabi. πŸ˜‰

        parang nagre-reklamo pa, parang he’s gonna get it, pag hindi, lol. may nakita ka nang property? dali, mag-build na para may house pagdalaw ko, hehehe. πŸ˜‰

        happy weekend sa inyo ni Masood. πŸ™‚

        1. Masarap mamasyal pag may kasama kang generous at mapag-mahal na bodyguard, so include that in your bucket list too πŸ˜‰

          May house na po kami that’s ready to welcome you. Just let us know when πŸ™‚

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