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Another dark cold early morning, up at 6:00am to catch the train to our next destination; Keoladeo Ghana National Park. This park is famous for its birds with over 400 species within the park at the peak season (Oct – Mar), most of which have migrated to India for the comfortable winter temperatures. Before this place was made into a reserve …
... is placed in a bank account where it usually earns around 9% interest per year and is held for the women for use after they can no longer work.
The cooperative also provides microloans for women who want to start their own business, with repayment of principal plus interest over a reasonable period of time. We were told that they have a 99.9% recovery rate of these loans.
As a result there are quite a few women of the village who now have a steady ...
... invited herself for lunch which was great because we shared several delicacies of the region. Most tourists were eating outside but since there was no more shaded areas left and it was getting a bit stuffy we decided to eat indoors and it was great. After lunch we headed for Agra. Bisnu told us to have a rest during the journey but the real reason it was to avoid seeing the terrible state of the main road into Agra and the cacophony of ...
... and a half hours late. Well, we certainly got to see a fair bit of station life.
The place was pretty dirty first thing in the morning. The outside of the station was full of flies swarming around rotting fruit and cow dung. Red staining in corners of platforms and down the sides of trains is prevalent from men spitting out residue of their pan. There were a couple of bins here and there, but they weren't really used as ...
... on the counter and Mike was asking the price of each and every one with 'And this?' 'And this?' I had to take another wander before I started laughing. That boy was having a bit of fun. We eventually left and returned to the hotel.
We ate on the roof top, accompanied by some live musicians. Everybody seemed to ignore them but we clapped heartily after each song.
Sleep. Ready for an early train ride to Jaipur in Rajisthan.
wimp moment and gripped Mike ...
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