Delhi, Agra & Jaipur: India's Golden Triangle
Trip Start Dec 16, 2012
14Trip End Mar 18, 2013
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We flew through the night from Greece, and spent the flight reading up on do’s and don’ts of India. We read a lot that made us both excited and nervous, and still weren’t sure what to expect upon arrival. We read a lot about taxi and rickshaw drivers charging way too much for tourists, and not actually taking them to the desired destination. We figured that finding a legit taxi to take us from the airport to our hotel would be our first big challenge, but it was much easier than we thought. Our first hotel was a bit drab, but it turns out that it was the only time in the last week that I have actually felt like I was in a 3rd world country. Coming to India, I expected to feel the impacts of poverty, and I have been excited for that change in lifestyle and culture shock
being simple back-packers again for the rest of our stay in India.
I don’t mean to sound like the tour was a bad choice, because it was definitely the best option for us for safety reasons, so we’re really glad that we did it this way, and I would suggest it to any other first time travelers to India
Delhi, who showed us different monuments in both Old and New Delhi. These included the largest mosque in India, a bike rickshaw ride through the busy central street market, Chawri Bazar, and the cremation place of Mahatma Gandhi. In the afternoon we also saw the India Gate, important government buildings and the tallest minaret in Delhi, known as the Victory Pillar.
The next morning we drove to Agra, where we had only the afternoon to see the amazing Taj Majal and the Agra Fort. Both of these were absolutely breath-taking, and I hope the pictures will do them justice. Agra is also where we had our favorite guide, Sanjay, who treated us like real people rather than tourists. While other guides brought us to expensive shops that were way out of our price range, he brought us to an affordable local shop where we got to buy Indian tea, spices and clothes, such as the traditional outfits Salwar Kameez that we had been wanting! The next morning in Agra, we did a bit more sight-seeing which was lovely because it was so early in the morning, so there were no other tourists to be seen.
Our next stop was Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, also known as the Pink City. All the buildings are painted pink with natural dyes every 5 years to keep up with the famous name
Tomorrow we leave for Goa, and we are very excited to be on our own again. Goa is on the Western Coast of India, and is famous for its long beaches and beautiful winter weather. It’s supposed to be 90 and sunny every day! We are really looking forward to seeing an entirely different part of India, and will write again soon to tell you all about it!