Namaste from India!
Warnings of the moonsons, the deadly heat, and "Delhi Belly" (intestinal distress) were abundant. But, the tickets were bought and the determination to venture endured, and so, after 33 hours of traveling, in India we arrived at 5 in the morning. The driver from the hotel was waiting for us.
The drive to the city was not picturestic at all. Several very poor huts, people defecating on the open field, bad/dusty road.
I thought all the reading I did, all the warnings and advices from other travelers and Indian friends I had got had prepared me for Delhi, but NOT. I don't think it's possible to be ready to endure the Paharganj area, where traveller end up. The ever enerving pesky touts (men trying to get you to go places they get commission, who follow you like the plaque), the insistent rickshaw drivers, the beggers, the cows, the loud horns, the dust, the poverty, the cows and people defecating on the streets, more cows, pigs, dust, the heat and horrible smell. Wow!!! An unbearable combination which was very hard to take, despite jet lag, and after a couple of hours in the madness, I was determined to get out of Delhi the same day I arrived.
After having fallen into the trick of a autorickshaw driver, we arrived at the tour operator which was supposed to be a 10 minute walk away from the Hotel Ajanta, 40 minutes later... but booked a car and driver to take us for a 4 day tour of the Golden Triangle, checked out of the hotel (bye-bye money) and off we went with our drivr Raju.
Before departuring crazy Delhi we vsited the very nice GHANDI MUSEUM, getting a deeper glimpse at the life of the incredible man who made his life his message of peace, respect and freedom for his people and all cultures.
Than we went to the incredible LOTUS TEMPLE, shaped like a white lotus flower. Althought it's a Bahai temple, it welcomes people of all faiths. Since it was Sunday, there were hundreds, or even thousands of people in lines leading to the huge structure. Under the killer sun, we took our shoes off and joined the lines of people.
Inside, no statues, saints, gurus, or deities. Just a vast space. The principle of the Bahai faith calls for elimination of prejudice and for universal peace. So, a pray for these were in order as I set quiety in the grandiose temple.
It had been 19 hours since we landed in India as we arrived in Agra. We had done soooo much already that Amanda said: "This day fews like 3 days in one". Yeap! In 24 hours we had been in Dubai, Delhi, the roads and airspaces in between, and now we arrive in Agra.
I promise pictures next blog. No time now.
As always, I hope I haven't bored you and that you will be in touch.
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