Camels! Lassi! Taj Mahal! People Everywhere!

Trip Start Jul 28, 2010
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Trip End Nov 09, 2010


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Flag of India  , State of Rājasthān,
Monday, August 16, 2010

India is very hectic! Our first night was in Gurgaon. We stayed in a hotel called the Lemon Tree. The hotel van never showed up so we had to take a taxi. When we first told him where to go he said he was positive where it was. He took us to the Marriott Courtyard, and when we told him this wasn't right, we spent an hour driving around trying to find the hotel. The next morning we took a van to Jaipur. On the way, I rode a camel! It high and sort of wobbly, less steady than a horse or elephant. Jaipur was nice. It was very colorful! We stayed in a very nice guest house, owned by a former general. We spent a night there and the next morning took a train to Agra. At first we got the train car wrong and went to third class, which had no windows, was very crowded, and kind of smelled. About an hour through, the conductor came to check our tickets, and we found we were in the wrong car, so we moved up to first class. It was air-conditioned, and almost everyone there was a foreigner. Finally when we reached Agra, we took a tour of the Taj Mahal. It was nice, but we found Angkor Wat more impressive. We also had lunch- cottage cheese curry and saffron rice. We had made a decision earlier to only eat vegetarian on our trip. From Agra we took a train to Delhi, and from there we took a flight to Bangkok and arrived at one in the morning.  Agra was my favorite city by far because it was so colorful.

Facts and Observations About the Area:
a) India is the most densely populated country in the world
b) It is the second most populated country in the world overall
c) The capital of India is New Delhi
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