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Published: September 13th 2005
Motorcycle gang at bus stop
After boarding the bus to Jaipur, we stopped 10 minutes into the trip at another bus station. I proceeded to befriend a guy with a motorcycle and he let me ride it for a moment. Then I snapped this photo of him and his friends.
The 7 hour bus ride from Agra (although we were told it was only 5 hours) was fantastic as I spent most of the time on the roof enjoying a wonderful breeze and fantastic views. The scenery changes dramatically as you leave Uttar Pradesh region and enter Rajasthan where the landscape becomes greener and peppered with small mountains.
Rajasthan is the "Land of Kings" and Jaipur is its capital. Here I met up with many other travelers and took in information for many of my upcoming travels (SE Asia, Africa, etc.).
The intense heat during the day made for some uncomfortable sightseeing, but I ventured out into the busy streets to take in the feel of the city. Late in the day we hired an autorickshaw for the 10km ride to Nahargarh, the "tiger" fort which overlooks the city. The views were outstanding including that of the "pink city" of Jaipur.
A group of travelers was formed at the hotel and the eight of us took in a night of traditional Indian dance and food at the Indiana restaurant.
Ollie and I even spent one morning playing golf at the local course.
Off to Pushkar tomorrow.
Top of bus with Indians
Just 15 minutes into the 7 hour bus trip, I climbed out the window of the moving bus and up onto the roof. Soon I was joined by these two guys. I spent 6.5 of the 7 hours of the ride on the roof. Better views, better breeze than inside the bus.
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