What a difference a day makes.
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June 11th, 2008 – by: cmgervais
After Steve (practically giddy with happiness) stopped chatting with the three hotel staff members who were showing us our room (they are big on service here), I collapsed into bed while he set up our network. It will be so nice so have in-room Internet again!
I slept great and woke up bright and early to admire the view of the Taj Mahal out our window.
We ate breakfast at the hotel (good but way too expensive), and then met our driver from Delhi (he stayed over night and we had him for sightseeing ‘til 2pm according to our agreement.). We headed to Akbar’s Tomb, about 30 minutes from the hotel. Along the way, we observed the scenery (camels pulling carts! Bright saris! Action everywhere!) and found it to be charming, whereas yesterday in our bad moods everything seemed dirty and foul. A night in an awesome hotel does wonders for the disposition.
The tomb, built in 1602, was large and impressive with its marble and red stone construction and fancy insets.
Next stop was Agra Fort. The word “fort” makes me think of big, plain, stone walls, but this wasn't like that at all. Agra Fort is more of a palace “complex,” with multiple buildings, arches, passageways, intricate marble work… and beauty all around. There was even a nice breeze, and boy did we need it… it was smoking hot out.
For lunch we went to a place in Fodor’s called Desaprakash. It was a kind of cheesy looking place in a weird location, but the food was excellent (Indian food tastes great to us again, with our good moods!). We started with fresh squeezed juice (sweet lime for me, fruit punch for Steve), then we each had a “mini Thali,” which is a platter boasting small bowls of different vegetarian foods, served with puffy bread and rice. Very good! And cheap -- it was less than $10 for a huge amount of food.
Then it was time to luxuriate in the hotel room some more. After some chill time, Steve went to the spa for a mani/pedi, while I had a private yoga session in the fitness center.
For dinner, we ate at the hotel restaurant, which featured Indian and “continental” fare, all with breathtaking prices. I kind of wanted to just eat the free bread basket and leave! But we stayed, and Steve had a steak. A steak. In India! This is unheard of. McDonald’s doesn’t even serve beef in India. I had a creamy polenta served with mushroom ragu and asparagus that was to die for. They had all sorts of things on the menu that one doesn’t normally find in India (the waiter explained that the hotel group does its own importation), and our meal was completely delicious, if seriously overpriced.
Back to the room and to bed fairly early…tomorrow we hope to visit the “Taj” at sunrise.
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