15 Jul 2012

Our Trip Around India #2

One flight later and we arrived in New Delhi, India's capital and the last leg of our trip. We arrived on a Wednesday night and it wasn't only extremely cold (which then triggered a most interesting layer look - who expects India to be freezing??) but while I read the Rajasthan Lonely Planet on the plane, I had found out that the Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays and that we had to plan a last minute tour to go there on Thursday as our flight back to London was scheduled for Saturday. By that point, I was already troubled by a stomach bug and started to find any kind of curry very revolting. 
Going to the 200km distant Agra (with an Indian travel agency and exclusively Indian travellers, trip being arranged around midnight) was one of the most adventurous things I have ever done. I don't know how this simple bus trip ended up taking 6-8 hours one way. Unlike any European travel agency would have planned, we stopped by Krishna's birth place in the middle of nowhere *surprise surprise*, the bus had neither AC nor heating and I was as cold as never before in my life. At the end of the day, we fell into our hotel bed completely exhausted but happy that we had taken the trip to the world famous Taj Mahal. It was truly beautiful but there were signs of slow decay, too.
New Delhi is a buzzing and certainly interesting city and we had just about enough energy left to visit the Red Fort, to stroll around the largest mosque of India, a fancy dinner at an art deco restaurant - Veda (which I can recommend) - and a few cocktails at a rooftop bar afterwards.

My traveller's tips: [1] Take earplugs because howling dogs provide for sleepless nights all over India. [2] Plan your trip ahead at least a little and check out the weather before you pack. [3] Pack plenty of stomach soothers and magnesium. [4] Enjoy every little bit of it even if things get scary.

[A] New Delhi [B] Agra (Taj Mahal).

1 comment:

  1. The Taj Mahal is so pristine that it almost doesn't look real....Awesome shots!