Taj Mahal and other sights
15.05.2010 - 26.05.2010 47 °C
almost two weeks since the last post. Here we are again! Still in India, but leaving in a couple of days. It's been good here but I'm glad that we're leaving. I had a good taste of of the country (the heat, the dust, the (lack of) hygiene, the food, the people), but the last couple of days I start to look forzqrd to Nepal more and more.
A day after the last post, Dan joined us in Pushkar and we've been discovering the last few stops in Rajasthan with the three of us. Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, is a big city with a nice palace and a couple of other nice things to see. We had a walk in the pink city (old city centre) and came across the first slumdog millionaires. Sheru, as always, provide the beers and we had a nice time enjoying the fireworks for the numerous weddings that were ongoing.
A couple of days later we visited the Taj Mahal. Very impressive, very nice, very much worth the price we paid, even though it was around 35 times the price for Indian people. They do it a lot, discriminate on price, but I see where they come from and 15 euros for such a magnificent building is still okay, right? Unfortunately, my stomach was not as impressed as the rest of my body (my stomach has not been impressed by a lot of things in India, especially not the lack of hygiene). There are toilets in the gardens of the Taj Mahal, but I didn't manage to reach them..... Sorry for throwing up so close to world heritage, tried not to, but I didn't manage.
Next morning first time on the train (all good things come to an end, so did our time with Sheru). Very smooth ride, some breakfast was included, pretty good experience. The bus connection aftrewards wasn't as impressive. A little annoying tout tried to deviate us from our way to the offcial tourist agency and almost succeeded, almost. Tuk tuk ride to bus station was alright, but bus stations are not what you expect them to be here. They basically market places, where also buses arrice and depart, try to imagine the scene. Finally, we got on the bus. I recommend everyone to try a busride in India. Not too often though, we've had 3 so far, and they seem to get worse and worse.....
Kama Sutra temples in Khajurao were als worth seeing before we settled in Panna national park to go on a tiger safari. Didn't see any tigers. Lots of peacocks, kingfishers, antilopes and summer deers though. Wasn't really what I was hoping for, but still a good experience.
Stayed in former royal stables last night and I think the mosquito's confused me with the horses that used to be staying there. Hope the Malarone will do its job. In contrast to the royal stables, we also stayed one night in some sort of a prison cell in Chitrakoot. Nice little town along a holy river, friendly manager, but not much comfort there.
At the moment we're in Allahabad where we will take a train to Varanasi later today. You'll hear more about this next time!
Take care, more news to come from Nepal!