1 Minute Adventures: Short adventures for Busy Bees!
The Taj Mahal
Lately when I look around me all I see are rabbits, and they're all late. Most of them don't know for what, or where they're going, but "They're late!"
We don't usually get to know the context behind photographs, and I believe it really enhances the experience. But time is getting more and more expensive these days. I promise these 1 minute adventures will be short and to the point, for all of us busy people with short attention spans!
The Taj Mahal
08:00 - Wake up at Radisson Hotel in the heart of New Delhi. Shower. Breakfast. Pack bags.
Mission: 11:00 train to Aggra and back to see Taj Mahal.
08:30 - Meet Rajesh, Tuk tuk driver #1. Drive around - see Red Temple, City centre etc. Crowded. Noisy. Busy. Magic.
10:45 - Drop off at Train Station. Intercepted by guard. No entry without tickets. No tickets left. Redirects us to tourism office.
10:50 - Tuk tuk #2 to Tourism office
11:00 - Tourist office wants to charge us $500 for a ticket to Aggra. It's a scam! Shoutout to rest of backpackers. Race to tuk-tuk #3. Back to station
11:05 - Tuk tuk #3 driver also a scammer. Drops us at wrong train station. Leave tuk tuk #3. Run!!
11:10 - Get to station. Cross Railroad. Avoid cow. Jump on moving train.
11:15 - Relief! Three hour train ride to Aggra. Third class. Crammed. Blind bookseller, buy Paulo Coelho. See poorest side of India. Humbling. Beautiful memory.
14:00 - Arive at aggra. Tuk-tuk #4. Wasn't expecting camels. Long queue...
15:00 - Wow. Taj bigger than expected. Breathtaking. Majestic.
16:00 - Leave Taj. Audioguide broken. Scam. Manage to get money back. Win.
17:00 - Drive around Aggra. Meet marble workers, invite us for dinner. Naan bread. One drink. Two drinks. Miss train back.
19:00 - Find bus. Haggling. More haggling. Sit on bus. Crammed. Try to get robbed. Hold bags tight.
02:00 - 7 hours. Cramps. Sweat. Smell. No hotel.
02:00 - Tuk-tuk#5. Back to Radisson. Bed! Happy :)