ITC Grand Central
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Day 33 - Wednesday 15th April
We have reached the half way point in our trip … where does the time go !!!
I was awake just before our wake up call and had already started to busy myself. Doug had the first shower while I continued to pack the last few items, then me – time to freshen up.
With everything packed we were ready to go downstairs, settle ...
... a message from the Rann Utsav team to gather at the office outside the station. Our bus was to depart at 8.30, where we reached bhuj at 7.45. Hurriedly our gang headed towards a spacious tent put outside the Bhuj station. From there on our luggage was taken care by the team, all we had to do was relax. Our bus ride from the station to Dhordo-the tent city hosting the Rann Utsav was a 2 hour, 80 Km ride.
On our way we noticed::
... after that! We've got a nice room with a flatscreen tv and a little fridge and the hotel is right in the middle of town. We chilled a bit, skyped with clíona's family and then decided to go and explore Mumbai! We wandered through town from one bazaar to the other, they have lots of different stalls and shops here! They go from blankets on the streets to big posh shops right next to it, big contrast! We found a little bookshop and bought some ...
... and choved throughout the whole journey. it was quite funny at times. A few of the female locals would ask were we were going and then advise were we should stand as theres a system. if your going to a stop which is further down the line you would need to wait/sit in the carriage. If you were coming of the train you would need to go into the middle ready to get off. If we knew this sooner we wouldnt have just stayed in the middle and just follow the crowded carriage as if we were at a ...
... would be happy to have me join them for the day. I was beyond relieved! We hailed a rickshaw and headed to the South Gate of the Taj complex (the tour book said it would be the least crowded). Before I knew it, all of my morning struggles were completely irrelevant as I stood before the Taj Mahal itself. As mentioned earlier, the Taj Mahal is actually a mausoleum built by a man in memory of his wife who died while giving birth to his 14th child. It has been ...