Amritsar, adieu. Back to Delhi.
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The morning of our last full day in Amritsar was spent wandering through the lanes of the old city bazaar. There are some fine buildings, most decayed. There are hundreds of merchants selling fabrics. They sit on mattresses/ divans in small shops, waiting for custom. The alley of wedding paraphenalia shops was fascinating, as was the tin trunk making lane. Despite the narrowness of the alleys, motorbikes, scooters, cycles, rickshaws, carts, pedestrians all jockey for space.
Then in the afternoon, back to the Golden Temple for a last visit. They were washing down the walkways. About 50 men stood in the sacred pool with pails, and sloshed water on them. Women brushed the dirt away, and men with long squeegies dried them. Very efficient. But some pilgrims were kneeling and drinking the water from the small puddles gathered on the walkway - this was a bit disconcerting.
Our train to Delhi was the 5.10am Shatabdi Express. Our taxi was booked for 4.30am. the driver slept on a mattress in the hotel foyer to be ready for us! We covered the 500km to Delhi in 6 hours, in Executive Class. 800 rupees each (about £10), including regular coffee, full breakfast and free newspapers.
Escaping from the scrum of New Delhi station, and avoiding getting ripped off by taxi touts (just!) we reached Susie and Peter's house again at the Canadian High Commission. R and R for a couple of days before we set off on Part 2 of our travels - Rajasthan. On 15th it's the overnight sleeper to Jaisalmer. 16 hours and 39 stops. We've bought the biscuits and the books for the journey.
It really is difficult to believe we've been away for 5 weeks already. Almost half way through!