Trip Start Oct 09, 2007
Trip End Nov 30, 2007

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Sunday, October 21, 2007

We didn't want to hang around in Jaipur since we're more interested on getting
to Agra. But we decided to do the lonely planet's suggested walking tour which
started near the train station. It wasn't such a good idea and we didn't really
enjoy the walk in the hot sun. We did manage to get a good breakfast in a nice
hotel though.

The bus station was a sight and we managed to get on a
non-air conditioned bus which would take all afternoon to get to Agra. We
stopped in a half-way service station where an indian bloke followed me in to
the toilets just so that he could hand me some paper towels to dry my hands.
This practice which seems to be getting more popular in British public houses
and night clubs (men of usually African descent hang around in loos with paper
towels and cologne in the hope of a few coins) has found its way to Rajasthan.
I'm used to fobbing the UK guys off so this chap's half-hearted effort stood no
chance. He followed me back out and only went back in there when Tom decided to
go take a leak (having ignored scores of Indians).

In Agra we were
suspiciously dropped off some way away from the centre and not-suprisingly there
were auto-rickshaw drivers on hand to take us the remainder. One of the
auto-rickshaw drivers even boarded the bus as it stopped to tell us all that
this was as far as it went for tourists. I'm starting to get weary of all the
scamming but hey-ho. We found a nice hotel and I got my wish and we found a bar
that was showing the Formula 1 Grand Prix- no joy for Lewis but we watched the
race in the company of an amiable Spaniard who was also disappointed that his
own countryman did not take the title.
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