A change of plan
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We hadn't had much of a fixed plan when we arrived in India, but we knew that we wanted to go from Delhi to Agra to Kajuraho to Varanasi and Kolkata, before we headed off into Bangladesh. At least, that was the plan. However, we'd spent so long enjoying other parts of India that we no longer had enough time to make this practical; we had a fixed date by when we had to be in Sri Lanka to meet up with Zoe's parents who'd booked themselves a holiday there. We'd already decided on this change of plan by the time we headed to Agra, and so we had to give up on some of those places, and instead got an afternoon bus up to Delhi. Earlier on we'd been on the SpiceJet website to book ourselves a flight from Delhi to Kolkata.
We got the public bus up to Delhi, which was fine except that the conductor tried to charge us for an extra seat for our bags. A thoroughly middle-class-looking young Indian sorted it out for us and we didn't have to pay the extra. The conductor looked a bit miffed. The bus dropped us at a remote bus station on the edge of the centre of Delhi, and we got a bit fleeced for the autorickshaw into town, but there didn't appear to be many options. We headed up to the area just north of Connaught Place where all of the cheap hotels are. We ended up in a slightly dodgy place called the Shivlock Palace (see the review).
Having found a hotel and dropped our bags we headed down to Connaught Place to find a bank and promptly bumped into Anja and Sven, our Belgian friends we'd met in Rajasthan. It was a surprise for all of us; particularly for them as they thought we'd headed to Kajuraho. Since we'd last seen them they'd been on a tiger-spotting tour but had only managed to see a single footprint.