Hotel Pearl Plaza
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... turned it into a hospital, but the new republic fit in quite well to this capital built to last 500 years or more. The whole area is a vast park with gardens, public buildings and streets lined with fine bungalows for the satraps of the Raj, now the homes of politicians and senior bureaucrats (of which there are many, for the British also bequeathed the worst aspects of bureaucracy along with nobler institutions.) The area includes the 18-hole Delhi ...
... the bar wondering what the hell was going on! But it wasn't long before a few ventured over to find out, then a few more and before we know it we were bollywood style dancing and downing free shots of vodka and Tabasco sauce with our new Delhi mates!
The pictures found on the camera the next day told the story of the night before, but worse still, so did the hangover. We tried to venture out but between the tuc-tuc drivers sly ploy to ...
... pleased. And how many people can say they visited the Taj Mahal twice!
Before leaving Agra, we paid a short visit to the "Baby Taj". Often described as a "jewel box", the tomb of I'timād-ud-Daulah is often regarded as a draft of the Tāj Mahal.
It was a four hour drive to Delhi but a large part of the route was on an expressway, the only one we have seen in India. Cars are limited to 100 km/hr and trucks to 60 km/hr. ...
... we had been here, we tried to wrap up to stay warm. Simla used to be the British summer capital for those fleeing from the heat of the city, and as such has a very colonial feel about it, especially its architecture. I was a little concerned about our arrival as our hosts had maintained very sketchy contact with us. They weren't there to collect us as arranged but a phone call later soon sorted that out. They weren't expecting us till tomorrow. ...
... so if we were going to go while in Delhi, now was the time.
We quickly learned just how large Connaught Place was and we had no idea which direction to go. I asked 2 girls which way it was and they pointed us to go left. After we were foolish enough to listen to them, we asked again which way it was, as the girls led us in the wrong direction. We turned around and came right back where we came from, looking as touristy as ever, ...