We accidentally overslept this morning and shot up like lightening rods at 9:45 a.m. Our plans of a 6 a.m. visit to the gym and a subsequent relaxing breakfast were totally shot. We grabbed a few bites to eat and were out the door determined to see as much of Delhi today as possible because tomorrow is the Taj Mahal. Four hours each way to Agra and back. Yikes.
M and I got a travel agency to plan our 2010/2011 Egypt trip for us and they did a great job, but there really was little to no freedom for spontaneity or to change our schedule if desired. It was also much more expensive since we had private cars and a tour guide with us at all times. While completely worth it for the safety and to really learn about Egypt, we decided to go a different route for India.It is the adventure route. We didn’t have a set itinerary. We booked all flights and transportation needs, and figured out which sights to see while here in India. It’s been a little scary and a little hard for someone as plan-focused as M, but I think we’ve both managed to live more in the moment when we don’t have every stop already planned. This is definitely a good thing.
We hailed teeny, rickety yellow and green taxis all day and though we crisscrossed Delhi with four or five rides, I think it all came out to be around $12 total. Such a steal.
I will leave you with some pictures of Red Fort, our first historical monument in Delhi. This enormous fort used to garrison soldiers up until 2003. Built mostly of very red sandstone, it’s pretty impressive. There are also soldiers with loaded machine guns aimed right at the entrance. Just looking for you to make a wrong move.