Tuesday, September 11, 2012
After two straight red eye flights, 21 hours of flying and two days of travel we arrived at Delhi International Airport where we met our guide for the tour, Vikas! He is a nice chap. . . he warned us about what we eat to avoid getting what is termed the “Dehli Belly”. Fist item of business was obtaining some Indian Rupee for which to pay for goods and services. Clayton withdrew the max amount from the airport at the ATM machine. . . a whopping 8K rupee! (We found out this only sounds impressive, in reality it is only about $145). We made the hour long trip to the hotel in our tour bus and were greeted with marigold lei’s, some sort of lime drink and a red mark on our foreheads. By the end of this day I found that I no longer had ankles (they disappeared) and both eyes had busted capillaries. We were a mess. We ordered room service for dinner but were asleep before they could make it to our room . . . it was 7 p.m.
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Today we leave on our adventure . . across seas and land. . . 22 hours of flying time . . to the seventh-largest country in the world, the second-largest population in the world and one of the oldest civilizations in the world.
I have found and interested description of India as "the land of dreams and romance, of fabulous wealth and fabulous poverty, of splendor and rags, of palaces and hovels, of famine and pestilence, of genies and giants and Aladdin lamps, of tigers and elephants, the cobra and the jungle, the country of a hundred nations and a hundred tongues, of a thousand religions and two million gods. . ." (Mark Twain 1835-1910)
On the itinerary are the cities of Dehli, Agra and Jaipur, in which we will experience a sunrise tour of the Taj Mahal, view such wonders as the Red Fort (built in 1648), Laxmi Narayan Temple (in honor of the Hindu goddess of wealth), Jama Masjid (India's largest mosque), Qutab Minar, Quwwat-ul-Islam Masjid (first mosque in India), Agra Fort, Itmad-Ud-Daula ("baby Taj") and the Amber Fort (hopefully by way of elephant).
We are thrilled beyond words as this is a completely new experience for both of us. I will try and update this blog as much as possible with our adventures, pictures and, I am sure, a vast deal of information gleaned.
Until next time. . . ciao . . adios. . arrivederci. . Auf wiedersehen . . toodles . . . and farewell!