Much better than the road the others travelled
10.02.2013 - 11.02.2013 22 °C
Spent last night in the Taj Mahal Hotel in Delhi watching the Delhi Glitterati gathering in the coffee shop. Young girls dressed in gorgeous silks and young men preening like peacocks. The girls teetered on stiletto heels and did Bollywood dance moves and some pouted and posed - all the while with mobiles at the ready. The meal was excellent and the room comfortable but not a patch on the Imperial or our current hotel in Agra.
We were picked up by our private vehicle at 10-15am and driven through Delhi until we reached the Yarmuna Expressway to Agra. The journey took about 4 hours and with a stop for refreshments we reached outskirts of Agra to be caught in traffic congestion with cars, buses, donkeys, cows,camel, goats a few hundred thousand people with up to 8-10 in the auto rickshaws and 3 on a motor bike, all dodging and weaving like an exotic dance on the narrow roads - shops and stalls on either side. The chaos is endemic but unmissable.
We finally got to move and had our first sight of the Taj Mahal. Pictures do not do it any justice as it stands alone out of the grimy and crowed streets. Finally arrived here at our oasis away from crowds and are able to see the Taj from the hotel lobby and have a wonderful view from our room which surpasses the Imperial Hotel in spades. Tomorrow we go to the Taj before dawn then tour most of the day and see it again at sunrise. Had wonderful meal tonight at Indian restaurant at our hotel. More later!