Travel Blogs from Agra
We rendezvoused in the hotel lobby at 5.00am, coach to the station and once again board the Shamati Express, this time heading 200km South to Agra, home of the Tajmahal. A relaxing trip on the train and most of my group sleep for most of the trip. On arrival we load onto a coach and are introduced to our guide for the day. His name is Hadji and he proudly informs us he & his wife have been to Mecca. First stop is the Tajmahal. Only ...
... 30 mins for a car. When it arrived we got told we would be sharing with 3 others, who would sit in the back, so we had to pack our luggage into the seats with us. This made Ben very angry!!! In fact he still seems angry as he types it, although in reality we paid about 40GBP for a 5 hour taxi journey.
Next, with a 6am flight to Bangalore, it was a night in the airport and then onto the south.
Stacey and Ben x
... ride 150 INR (2.50$)
Sunrise Tiger Hill 200 INR (3.40)0$
Delhi - Green Hotel 500 INR (8.5$), Hotel Silver Shine 1800 INR (30$)
Varanasi - Badra Kali Guesthouse 500 INR (8.5$)
Kolkata - Centerpoint Guesthouse 750 INR (12.50$) good wi fi
Varanasi-kolkata sleeper, 14 hours, 331 INR (5.50$)
Kolkata – New Jaipalguri, 10 hours, 320 INR (5.50$)
Kolkata – Delhi, sleeper 545 IR, 34 hours, shared jeep 200 INR (3.40$)
... was KK. The tuk-tuk tour cost IR 900 for both of us, which is a lot of money for India, considering that the normal price for a day ride in a tuk-tuk should be IR 400 or IR 500. However, even with this price we were more concerned about having a good tour than saving up a few bucks, so we finally agreed on IR 800 and decided to take it for the next day.
While getting closer to the Siddhartha Hotel he also recommended us another hotel called Saniya Palace. We ...
... India as a whole--how did the people in these tiny, impoverished villages survive?; what did they do for money?; how does the economy of rural India support iteself?; how did the people farm the land? (yes, we're deep. we never talk about anything silly or inappropriate). We saw people selling fruits and vegetables on the sidewalks, small shop owners tending to their shops (and, the majority of the time, no one "shopping"), and, ...