Stuck in Agra - Sunday, November 11, 2001
Im still in Agra, unfortunately. I was supposed to meet a friend
here yesterday, but suddenly he couldn't come due to some college
things. So, nevermind about that, I'm off to Rishikesh tomorrow.
Im planning to spend Diwali there. It is supposed to be a chilled
out place, something I really need after about a week in Agra!!!!
I should infact get a diploma for surviving so many days there...hehe.
This morning I went and saw the Taj Mahal properly. It is absolutely
stunning, unbelievable beautiful. A friend told me to go see it,
even if I had seen a million pictures and postcards of it and
that was so true. No photo can convey the beauty!
Not much else is happening apart from the normal everyday hassle
from the rickshaw drivers and their more or less standardized
questions that are beginning to drive me slightly mad:
Where you from?
What's your name?
How long here?
Which hotel you stay?
How long India?
How like India?
I have a cousin in Norway!
Want to see shop?
etc..etc....then multiply these questions with about 2000 and
you get the average times you will hear this during one day. No
wonder a lot of travellers/tourists end up sounding a bit rude
in the end!?
Taj at sunsets
Anyway, on Friday I went to Fathepur Sikri. It was supposed to
be a day trip, but since the place was so relaxing. I met some
nice people, watched the sunset, had some chai (a lot in fact),
played backgammon, in the end I didn't catch the last bus back
to Agra and had to stay overnight in a hotel there. (If I hadn't
been expecting this friend to come to Agra on Saturday I would
probably have stayed on longer...well maybe I'll go back there
sometime later. It is definitely worth a visit if you are in Agra!