The Radha Ashok
Travel Blogs from Mathura
After settling into our hotel we all took well earned showers after the sweaty bus and long and dusty rickshaw rides. We quickly met back in the lobby lucky to have enough time to tease ourselves with the "baby taj" before driving across town in time to see the real Taj Mahal from a royal garden at sun down.
We drove through the old city and saw many processions of men carrying decorated man made long sticks with buckets on either side. All intrigued we were informed ...
... that was actually a hotel. We met an old English =old hippy lady named Caroline in a sixties car picture booth and she hung with us for a few hours. I burnt the **** our of my pinky toe on a firework that I was already warned about. I went higher on the tire swing then I saw anyone go all day. We each had to shower at the end of the night hammered drunk so we could get our color off so we didn't ruin the bedding or towels. We were still charged for all the sheets and a few ...
This was our first (and only train journey) in India so worth a separate blog entry! We had booked two A/C 2 (air conditioned second class) tickets for the train from Agra to Varanasi via an agent. This was a sleeper train due to take about 12 hours. It’s quite a popular tourist route with the trains booked up quickly. However, we had been duped and were actually given tickets for A/C 3 (third class), which we did not realise until we got on to the train. ...
... it back to the hotel to break the news to our sweet hotel owner and his son that we wouldn't be staying there another night. Although giving the young boy a 100 rupee tip lit up his face like it was Christmas morning. 100 rupees is about a quid so in hindsight we are proper tight and should've given him more, but hey he has to learn the value of things. So our carriage arrives it's not the leather seated Toyota like the journey the night before but a small, ...
... crossed over the slightly grotty Yamuna River to the Itimad-ud-Daulab. Nicknamed the Baby Taj, it's the beautiful, marble tomb of Mizra Ghiyas Beg, a famous Persian nobleman. The tomb was covered in intricate mosaics and carvings and was set in some lovely gardens.
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet