Please and surprised to find I’m still alive from last night’s chicken sandwich! This morning I got picked up for my tour which is taking me from Delhi – Agra – Jaipur – Pushkar and back to Delhi. Still in shock of the place. I’ve asked the driver why everyone beeps their horn so often but he didn’t haven’t much to say as if thats just the way it is. I wasn’t in the car 2 minutes and he’s right up this fella on a motorbike’s arse beeping away. He eventually overtakes him and casually points out that it’s the police!
EVERYTHING WAS SYMMETRICAL, WHICH SUITED ME!
Normality in India
Not long after we are at a set of lights were there are these bicycle rickshaws with little trolleys on the back, just enough for 2 people I’d imagine. Well this one had 8 sofas on it, I just couldn’t get my camera out quick enough! Driving down the motorway I can see a little kid, 8 or 9 sitting on his dad’s knee steering the car, completely normal!
Still on the road to Agra and I swear the things you see on the hard shoulder are a sight in itself. Every few miles there’s a car broken down and about 20 people standing out beside it or there was 15 goats casually grazing along with 5 people in amongst them, again completely normal.
DID YOU KNOW….?
- The Mini Taj is officially known as The Tomb of I’timad-ud-Daulah
- Built in the early 1600s and situated in the grounds adjacent to the Taj Mahal
- It was considered as a draft for the Taj Mahal as it was built 4 years prior
The Mini Taj
Arriving into Agra we stopped at what my driver called the Mini Taj which really got me in the mood for the real thing. It was stunning and after experiencing nothing but chaos for the first few days it was surreal that something so perfect, clean and precise was even in the same country as what I had been experincing outside the gates!
Checked into Zostel and it’s getting pretty cold and dark but needing a bite to eat, another chicken sandwich it is. I’ve heard far too many Delhi belly stories to sample the street food….yet!
Also a quick shout out to the crazy fella in my room! He’s got paint over his face and comes in every 30mins for a 5minute lye down, scrubs the floor, sings and says his prayers in the shower. I’m enjoying getting my eyes open to other cultures!
SAFE TRAVELS, DS x
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